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All-Star Game at Fenway Ends in 1-1 Tie

July 31, 1961 - Pitchers dominated throughout the major league all-star game at Fenway Park today. Rain prevented further embarrassment for the sluggers, halting play after nine innings with the American and National leagues deadlocked at 1-1. It was the first tie game in 31 all-star contests. Rocky Colavito (right) of the Tigers got the first hit of the day - a home run off Bob Purkey of the Reds in the first inning. No other American Leaguer got farther than second base. The Nationals manufactured the tying run in the sixth, against Don Schwall of the Red Sox. Bill White of the Cardinals drove it across. Jim Bunning of Detroit, the American League starter, pitched three perfect innings. Purkey's National League successors were Art Mahaffey of the Phillies, Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers, and the Giants' Stu Miller. All stood out, as bats whipped up miniature cyclones in the batter's box. Seven National Leaguers and eight American Leaguers struck out.


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