Originally created 07/05/97

Interleague play boosts baseball attendances



NEW YORK (AP) - Major league baseball completed the first two segments of interleague play Thursday with good news for those who advocated the break with tradition.

The 130 games over 11 days averaged 34,083 fans per game. That is 29.5 percent over the regular-season average of 26,323.

In the last four days of interleague play, 1,497,431 fans attended 36 games. That included 143,232 for the Philadelphia-Baltimore series, the largest three-game series crowd in the six-year history of Camden Yards.

Anaheim (35,295) and San Diego (46,483) drew season-high crowds for their games Thursday.

Toronto's game against Montreal on Tuesday produced the first sellout for the Blue Jays in 195 dates since April 26, 1995.