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06/30/2003  4:47 PM ET 
Interleague Play boosts attendance by 20.1 percent

Major League Baseball averaged 31,034 fans per game during Interleague Play, a period covering 19 days and 250 games. Average attendance was 20.1 percent greater than the intraleague average.

Interleague Attendance

Dates: 247Total: 7,665,403Average: 31,034

2003 Average Intraleague Attendance: 25,839
Interleague Play Average Attendance was 20.1 percent higher.

"The significant increase in attendance for interleague games once again demonstrates the enormous and continuing appeal of Interleague Play to our fans," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Since its inception in 1997, Interleague Play, particularly those games between natural rivals and other attractive match-ups, has proven to be a great success, in fact, much greater than most interleague proponents had figured."

The following are some 2003 attendance highlights from Interleague Play:

  • The Boston Red Sox drew 104,044 fans to Fenway Park for their three-game series against the Florida Marlins (June 27-29), marking the largest three-game series total against a National League opponent in Interleague Play.

  • The Kansas City Royals drew 118,806 against the St. Louis Cardinals (June 27-29), which was the fourth-largest total for a three-game series in Kauffman Stadium history. The crowd of 40,347 at the Cardinals-Royals game on June 28 was Kansas City's largest non-opening day figure since August 9, 1991.

  • In Baltimore, a record-crowd of 49,549 attended the Phillies-Orioles game on June 28 at Camden Yards. The previous record of 49,137 was for the 1997 ALDS Game 3 against the Seattle Mariners. For the three-game series, the Orioles and Phillies drew 140,677 at Camden Yards, an average of 46,892.

  • The Anaheim Angels drew 131,192 fans for their three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (June 27-29), the largest for a three-game series at Edison Field. The mark surpassed the previous high of 130,341, also set against the Dodgers in 2002.

  • The San Francisco Giants drew 127,631 fans from June 27-29 against the Oakland Athletics, marking the second-largest total for a three-game series at Pacific Bell Park. The largest three-game total was set earlier in the week against the Los Angeles Dodgers (127,754). Friday's game against the Athletics drew 42,604 fans, the third-largest crowd in Pacific Bell Park history.

  • The New York Mets-New York Yankees game on June 29 drew 55,444 fans, marking the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium this season.

  • The Oakland Athletics drew 55,413 fans vs. San Francisco on Sunday, June 22, the second-largest regular-season crowd in Oakland history. The Athletics also set a three-game series record with 155,375 fans, eclipsing the previous mark of 153,969 set in last year's Bay Bridge series.

  • The two-game Red Sox-Phillies series (June 20 game was rained out) drew 96,472 to Veterans Stadium, the largest crowd for a two-game series in Phillies history. A crowd of 60,960 on Sunday June 22, was the eighth-largest crowd in the 33-year history of the stadium and the largest since 60,985 attended Opening Day in 1993. The rain out is scheduled to be made up in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and a crowd in excess of 50,000 is expected.

  • In addition, 23 Interleague Play games drew crowds beyond the listed capacity of the ballparks in which they were played.

    With two games left on the 2003 Interleague Play schedule, the National League leads the American League, 136-114.

    Overall, in the first seven seasons of Interleague Play, the National League holds a slim lead over the American League, 862-832.

    2003 statistical data from Interleague Play:

  • Individual leaders

    INTERLEAGUE PLAY STATISTICS
    AMERICAN LEAGUE VS. NATIONAL LEAGUE

    TEAM	  W-L	BA	HR	RUNS	ERA
    Angels	  11-7	.279	29	93	3.24
    Orioles	  5-13	.272	21	86	5.69
    Red Sox	  10-7	.328	34	138	4.60
    White Sox  10-8	.247	23	82	4.12
    Indians	  6-12	.240	9	71	4.02
    Tigers	  4-14	.258	17	64	4.89
    Royals	  9-8	.288	21	98	5.59
    Twins	  10-8	.290	15	88	4.86
    Yankees	  13-5	.278	29	102	3.64
    Athletics  9-9	.250	17	80	4.84
    Mariners   10-8	.257	9	70	2.87
    Devil Rays 3-15	.247	8	65	4.74
    Rangers	  4-14	.275	21	82	7.03
    Blue Jays  10-8	.289	33	102	5.23
    Totals  	  114-136	.272	286	1221	4.66
    

    TEAM	  W-L	BA	HR	RUNS	ERA
    D-Backs	  10-4	.295	10	82	3.07
    Braves	  10-5	.263	22	78	3.15
    Cubs	  9-9	.272	12	75	4.19
    Reds	  7-5	.231	15	42	4.25
    Rockies	  9-6	.290	26	90	6.00
    Marlins	  9-6	.263	15	84	6.02
    Astros	  11-7	.290	27	109	3.83
    Dodgers	  11-7	.217	11	52	2.82
    Brewers	  5-7	.292	14	67	4.81
    Expos	  9-9	.266	17	87	5.10
    Mets	  5-10	.252	19	67	5.52
    Phillies   8-6	.249	20	60	3.18
    Pirates	  5-7	.268	13	68	6.59
    Cardinals  10-8	.306	25	121	6.82
    Padres	  8-10	.268	17	77	3.57
    Giants	  10-8	.281	24	93	4.42
    Totals	  136-114	.270	287	1252	4.55
    





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