ON THIS DATE (July 31, 1961) ... Top-notch pitching, with each hurler going three innings or less,
today silenced the bats of the best hitters in the world. And so the National League’s renowned sluggers, on a walk, a hit batter and two infield
singles, scored a sixth-inning run that gave them a 1-to-1 tie with the American League. The game, witnessed by a paid attendance of 31,851, was called at the end of nine innings because of persistent downpour of rain.
The American League scored its run, simply, in the first inning. The second batter, Rocky Colavito, hit a changeup pitch by right-hander Bob Purkey into the left field net. And in the sixth, without hitting the ball out of the infield, the
National League tied the score against Boston’s Don Schwall.
Except for those two scoring moments, the game was featured by superb
pitching … by the magic performance of the National League’s
finishing pitcher, Stuart Miller of Northampton, and by the
base-running, hitting and first-basing of Bill White of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jim Bunning opened the game for the American League with three perfect innings of pitching.
Don Schwall thrilled the multitude with a clutch exhibition in the fifth.
Camilo Pascual, except for one walk, pitched perfect baseball for the final three. But the crowd
went home talking of the National League finisher, Stu Miller.
With the score tied, the former Northampton schoolboy, whose fastball isn’t fast enough to win him a job on this year’s Northampton High School team, opened the seventh. He started by striking out Aparicio and Temple, then making Brooks Robinson
ground out to short. In the eighth, he made Pascual foul out, Cash and Colavito ground out. And after Al Kaline opened the ninth with a single to center – and with one out, stole second – Miller, in order, struck out Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard and pinch-hitter Roy Sievers.
Thus it was that Stu Miller and rain ended the American League’s hopes of avenging their 5-4 defeat by the National League in this seasons’ first All-Star Game, July 11 at San Francisco.