“Those National League sluggers,” cracked an American League manager, after the All-Star Game at Fenway Park, “sure hit the h--- out of that wall.”
For pitching predominated. Top-notch pitching – with each hurler going three innings or less – yesterday 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 William DeKova White of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bunning opened the game for the American League with three perfect innings of pitching. Schwall thrilled the multitude with a clutch exhibition in the fifth. Pascual, except for one walk, pitched perfect baseball for the final three.
But the crowd went home talking of the National League finisher – 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.
“What he throws,” a hitter said, “is all changeups.”
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 Kanine 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.