Today in Baseball History – July 31st (courtesy of todayinbaseballhistory.com)

1961 – The All-Star Game ended in a 1-1 tie at Fenway Park as heavy rain halted play. It is the only tie in All-Star history.

1962 – The National League rejects Commissioner Ford Frick’s proposal for interleague play in 1963.

1972 – Dick Allen becomes the first player since 1950, and the seventh in history, to hit two inside-the-park homers in a game. Chicago beats the Twins 8-1.

1978 – Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his streak to forty-four games, as the Reds edge the Braves 3-2. Rose ties Willie Keeler’s 81-year-old National League record, achieved when foul balls didn’t count as strikes.

1981 – The second baseball strike ended after forty-two days.

1997 – The trading deadline makes for a busy day. One big name goes (Mark McGwire to St. Louis); one stays put (Ivan Rodriguez signs a five-year, $42 million contract with Texas); the Mariners trade away two of their best prospects (Jose Cruz, Jr., Jason Varitek) for three mediocre relievers (Mike Timlin, Paul Spoljaric, Heathcliff Slocumb); and a couple of veteran pitchers find their way to Cleveland (John Smiley, Jeff Juden). But no trade is as shocking as the one pulled off by the Giants, who get Wilson Alvarez, Roberto Hernandez, and Danny Darwin for six minor leaguers.

1998 – The annual trading deadline results in several significant deals, but none is bigger than the last-second swap between Houston and Seattle. The Astros get Randy Johnson shortly before midnight in return for minor leaguers John Halama, Freddy Garcia and Carlos Guillen. Two days later, Johnson wins his Astros debut against Pittsburgh.