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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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July 31,1973

Posted 11-11-2017 at 03:56 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:42 PM by TommyJohn

July 31,1973
vs. Kansas City Royals
at White Sox Park

Two players returned to White Sox Park on this night, to very different receptions. The outcome of the game told the story of the season.

Dick Allen was in the lineup for the first time since Mike Epstein had barreled into him on that fateful night in Anaheim. Allen got a warm reception from the crowd when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 1st and rapped a basehit.

By this time the Sox already trailed in the game thanks to a hit by another one-time popular Sox player.

Rick Reichardt had caught on with the Royals after his release from the Sox a month earlier. It was his first game back in Chicago since being let go, and fans greeted him when he stepped up to the plate in the top of the 1st with runners on 1st and 2nd with a chorus of boos.

Reichardt responded to the boos by ripping a sharp drive to left. A still-gimpy Ken Henderson managed to flag it down, but both runners crossed the plate to give KC a 2-0 lead.

That would be it all the scoring for the Royals, but their ace Paul Splitorff made it stand up, giving up only one run in getting the win.

Reichardt dismissed any notion that he had been motivated by revenge.

"No, nothing like that." He said. "I love Chicago, I love the fans here and I think the Sox players are the greatest." On the reception the crowd gave him Reichardt said "No, the boos didn't bother me. They were totally expected. They've booed a lot of good players here."

The win gave the Royals a 60-48 record. They were now the young, hungry team challenging the 1st place A's.

The White Sox sank to 51-52 and weren't out of the injury woods yet. Allen rapped three singles, but was noticeably limping on the basepaths. Allen admitted he was in pain, but told reporters "they said if I play on it, the stiffness will wear itself out. It was a little painful, but it's coming along. This team is going to be okay."

Ken Henderson, however, had more bad luck. In the top of the 2nd Lou Piniella rapped a single to left. Henderson's bad knee buckled under him as he was fielding the ball.Sweet Lou decided to take advantage by trying for two, but Ken recovered and whipped a throw to Luis Alvarado at 2nd base to nail him. After taking an at-bat Hend was removed from the game and sent to the hospital for X-rays.

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