The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day.July 31, 1961 American League 1, National League 1 Fenway Park in Boston
Heavy rain at the end of the ninth inning forced this game to end in a tie.
It was not a hitter’s paradise as the teams combined for the two runs on just nine hits.
The American League threatened to pull out the victory in the ninth when the Tigers’ Al Kaline led off with a single. Stu Miller of the Giants struck out the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle, but Kaline stole second base.
However, Miller fanned Elston Howard of the Yankees and Roy Sievers of the White Sox to end the threat and the game.
Rocky Colavito of the Tigers opened the scoring with a solo shot in the first. The National League got that run back in the sixth innings.
Eddie Mathews of the Braves walked with one out, and after the Giants’ Willie Mays flied out the Giants’ Orlando Cepeda (who ended his career with the Royals) was hit by a pitch. Two infield singles later, the last by Bill White of the Cardinals, got Mathews home with the tying run.
Third baseman Dick Howser of the Kansas City Athletics did not play in the game. He of course later managed the Royals.
| Pete Grathoff, firstname.lastname@example.org