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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Dodgers
May 4-6, 1962
NL Leaderboard: Batting (as of 4.30.62)
Batting Average: Roberto Clemente (PIT) .389 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) .362 ..... Don Hoak (PIT) .354 ..... Dick Groat (PIT) .347 ..... Hank Aaron (CHC) .330 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) .330 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) .327 ..... Tony Gonzalez (PHI) .318 ..... Roy Sievers (PHI) .311 ..... Billy Goodman (HOU) .309
Doubles: Bob Raudman (CHC) 8 ..... Billy Goodman (HOU) 8 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 8 ..... Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 8 ..... Don Hoak (PIT) 8 ..... Bob Skinner (PIT) 8 ..... Roberto Clemente (PIT) 8 ..... Stan Musial (STL) 8 ..... Andre Rodgers (CHC) 7 ..... Jim Busby (HOU) 7
Extra Base Hits: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 16 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) 14 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 14 ..... Bob Skinner (PIT) 13 ..... Ken Boyer (STL) 13 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) 12 ..... Willie Mays (SFG) 12 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) 11 ..... Andre Rodgers (CHC) 10 ..... Johnny Roseboro (LAD) 10
Hits: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 42 ..... Dick Groat (PIT) 35 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 34 ..... Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 34 ..... Ken Boyer (STL) 34 ..... Maury Wills (LAD) 33 ..... Jerry Adair (NEV) 32 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) 32 ..... Julian Javier (STL) 32 ..... Vic Power (NEV) 30
Home Runs: Ron Santo (CHC) 8 ..... Willie Mays (SFG) 6 ..... Frank Howard (LAD) 5 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 5 ..... Hector Lopez (NEV) 5 ..... Ken Boyer (STL) 5 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) 4 ..... Dick Stuart (PIT0 4 ..... Bill Mazeroski (PIT) 4 ..... Felipe Alou (SFG) 4
On Base Average: Roberto Clemente (PIT) .450 ..... Don Hoak (PIT) .424 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) .408 ..... Tony Gonzalez (PHI) .397 ..... Hank Aaron (CHC) .392 ..... Duke Snider (LAD) .391 ..... Roy Sievers (PHI) .388 ..... Willie Mays (SFG) .386 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) .385 ..... Dick Groat (PIT) .383
OPS: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 1.070 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 1.036 ..... Willie Mays (SFG) .991 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) .970 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) .953 ..... Hank Aaron (CHC) .915 ..... Don Hoak (PIT) .900 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) .884 ..... Ken Boyer (STL) .875 ..... Bob Skinner (PIT) .850
RBIs: Billy Williams (NEV) 22 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) 19 ..... Gus Bell (NYM) 19 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) 18 ..... Dick Stuart (PIT) 17 ..... Johnny Roseboro (LAD) 16 ..... Willie Davis (LAD) 15 ..... Frank Howard (LAD) 15 ..... Tom Tresh (NEV) 15 ..... Jerry Adair (NEV) 15
Runs: Richie Ashburn (NYM) 23 ..... Roberto Clemente (PIT) 21 ..... Maury Wills (LAD) 20 ..... Jim Gilliam (LAD) 18 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) 18 ..... Tom Tresh (NEV) 17 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 17 ..... Felipe Alou (SFG) 17 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) 16 ..... Vada Pinson (CIN) 16
Slugging Average: Billy Williams (NEV) .628 ..... Roberto Clemente (PIT) .620 ..... Willie Mays (SFG) .605 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) .598 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) .568 ..... Hank Aaron (CHC) .523 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) .520 ..... Ken Boyer (STL) .518 ..... Don Hoak (PIT) .476 ..... Johnny Roseboro (LAD) .475
Total Bases: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 67 ..... Billy Williams (NEV) 59 ..... Ken Boyer (STL) 59 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) 58 ..... Bill Virdon (PIT) 51 ..... Don Zimmer (NYM) 50 ..... Felipe Alou (SFG) 47 ..... Julian Javier STL) 47 ..... Hank Aaron (CHC) 46 ..... Hector Lopez (NEV) 46
Triples: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 7 ..... Bob Skinner (PIT) 4 ..... Andre Rodgers (CHC) 3 ..... Lee Walls (LAD) 3 ..... Gus Bell (NYM) 3 ..... Lou Brock (CHC) 2 ..... Hank Aaron (CHC) 2 ..... Gene Freese (CIN) 2 ..... Jerry Lynch (CIN) 2 ..... Joey Amalfitano (HOU) 2
Walks: Bob Skinner (PIT) 16 ..... Stan Musial (STL) 16 ..... Ron Santo (CHC) 15 ..... Jerry Adair (NEV) 14 ..... Lee Walls (LAD) 13 ..... Jim Gilliam (LAD) 13 ..... Andre Rodgers (CHC) 12 ..... Johnny Roseboro (LAD) 12 ..... Duke Snider (LAD) 12 ..... Richie Ashburn (NYM) 12
Grand Slam baseball board game, 1962

Nevada Dusters @ Los Angeles Dodgers
May 4-6, 1962
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

DL: Hector Lopez (OF), strained ankle, one day. Dave Eilers (P-Salt Lake City Saints), sprained neck, seven days.

TRADE OFFERS
NEV offers Hawk Taylor (LF) to HOU for Jim Umbricht (RP). ACCEPTED.
LAA offers Ken Turner (RP) to NEV for Johnny Blanchard (C). DECLINED.
NYM offers Danny Napoleon (LF) to NEV for Hector Lopez (LF). DECLINED.
NYM offers Bill Wakefield (RP) for Hector Lopez (LF) or Johnny Blanchard (C). DECLINED.

ROSTER MOVES
Bobby Locke (middle relief) sent down to Bakersfield Bullets (AAA), replaced by Jim Umbricht.
Lou Johnson (OF) called up from Bakersfield Bullets (AAA) to Nevada Dusters.
Denis Menke (SS) sent up from Tucson Stingers (A) to Salt Lake City Saints (AA).
Glen Clark (1B) sent up from Tucson Stingers (A) to Salt Lake City Saints (AA).

Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1 starting lineup
Maury Wills (SS), Jim Gilliam (3B), Wally Moon (LF), Duke Snider (RF), Willie Davis (CF), Lee Walls (1B), Johnny Roseboro (C), Larry Burright (2B), Don Drysdale (SP)

[May 4, Game 1]
After three days off, the Nevada Dusters flew to Chavez Ravine to start a 12-game road trip. Ben Naylor knew that his guys would have to play mistake-free baseball to beat Don Drysdale and the Los Angeles Angels (15-12). Unfortunately, they didn't. Nevada starter Joe Horlen battled valiantly to keep the potent Dodgers offense in check, and more-or-less succeeded through five innings. Los Angeles scored a run in the 1st and another in the 2nd, but the Dusters cut that lead in half when Tom Tresh stretched a single into a double to open the Nevada 4th, then scored on a Jerry Adair single. In the Los Angeles 6th, with a man on third and two outs, Jerry Adair booted what should have been a routine ground out that allowed Johnny Roseboro to reach and the man at third to score. Then Roseboro stole second and scored on a Larry Burright single, and it was 4-1 Dodgers. Los Angeles added a run in the 7th when reliever Jim Brewer walked the first two batters; the lead runner, Maury Wills, later scored on a Duke Snider sac fly. Drysdale improved to 3-0 with his complete game performance, striking out nine Dusters in the process. Lead-off man Vic Power seemed to be the only Duster in the lineup who didn't have trouble with Drysdale -- he was 3-for-4 on the day. Horlen (6.0ip, 7h, 3bb, 4r, 3er, 2k) suffered his second loss of the season.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Tresh, Adair, Boyer, Schaive, Blanchard, Horlen
Record: 16-15
Dodgers 5, Dusters 1
[May 5, Game 2]
"It was a lot of pressure for a 19-year-old rookie," said Ben Naylor, "but we needed a win badly." And Dave McNally (4-0), with Sandy Koufax as his mound opponent, delivered. So did the Duster defense. In the Los Angeles 1st, after Maury Wills singled, Jim Gilliam reached second on a fielding error by Johnny Blanchard. But Gilliam was doubled off second when Willie Davis lined out to center, and McNally struck out Hondo Howard to end the threat. The Dusters scored in the 3rd when Hector Lopez, in his first game back from the DL, followed a Vic Power double with one of his own. Thanks in part to another Nevada error, the Dodgers had two men on in the 4th when Walter Alston saw fit to pinch hit for Koufax. McNally pitched out of the jam. In the 7th Lopez singled to right, scoring McNally from second to make it 2-0 Nevada. In the 8th a third Duster error, this one committed by third baseman Clete Boyer, put a Howard on third from whence he scored on a Johnny Roseboro single. Everyone thought McNally would pitch the 9th -- he already had a couple of complete games under his belt. Instead, Nails called upon closer Claude Raymond, who came through for his fifth save. McNally was 5-0 on the year and got two hits and a run scored in the game. The baseball world began to sit up and take notice. Lopez was 2-for-4 with both RBIs. The speedy Maury Wills was caught trying to steal second on two occasions. "Nails was so relieved," Jerry Adair told reporters, "he forgot to gripe about all the mistakes we made."
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Tresh, Adair, Boyer, Schaive, Blanchard, McNally
Record: 17-15
Dusters 2, Dodgers 1
[May 6, Game 3]
"Tony pitched a great game," said Conn Hudson of starter Tony Cloninger, who allowed just two hits in six innings of work. The first one, though, was a two-run blast by Duke Snider in the Dodgers 1st -- two runs because a throwing error by Cloninger allowed Wally Moon to reach first prior to Snider's at-bat. In the Dusters 5th Mack Jones, starting in center for Tom Tresh, opened with a double and scored on a Johnny Blanchard single. Unfortunately, Blanchard was thrown out at home when Gordy Coleman singled up the middle, and Nevada had to settle for the one run. In the 7th Snider homered again, this time off reliever Jim Brewer. The Dusters loaded the bases in their half of the 8th but could only squeeze one run out of Dodger relief man Larry Sherry. But in the home 8th Brewer allowed three hits for four runs, including a three-run homer into Dodger Stadium's left field bleachers by outfielder Ron Fairly, and Los Angeles won decisively, 7-2. Relief pitcher Jim Umbricht made his first appearance as a Duster and retired all three Dodger batters he faced. Mack Jones made the most of his start, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Lineup: Coleman, Lopez, Williams, Adair, Boyer, Hubbs, Jones, Blanchard, Cloninger
Record: 17-16
Dodgers 7, Dusters 2

Don Drysdale (LAD)


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Revenue: $8.1M ..... Profit: $2.1M ..... Cash: $6.8M ..... Team Payroll: $21.1M

Series stats:
2Bs: Tresh, Power, Lopez, Jones (2)
3Bs: none
HRs: none
SBs: none
Runs: Tresh, Power, McNally, Lopez, Jones
RBIs: Adair, Lopez (2), Blanchard, Boyer

Around the leagues:
CHC--Ernie Banks (SS) hits his 300th home run (May 4).

CIN releases Wally Post (LF).

CHW--Joe Cunningham (RF), torn hamstring, four weeks.
CIN--John Tsitouris (P), hand stress fracture, two weeks.
DET--Alan Koch (P), chipped knee cap, three weeks.
KCA--Danny McDevitt (P), wrist stress fracture, four weeks.
MIN--Zoilo Versalles (SS), sprained finger, two weeks.
WSA--Tom Cheney (P), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.
PIT--Bob Friend (P), finger stress fracture, two weeks.
PHI--Dallas Green (P), foot stress fracture, two weeks.
CHW--Dick Kenworthy (3B), dislocated shoulder, three weeks.
CIN--Bill Robinson (LF), broken wrist, eight months.

BOS signed free agent Dean Stone (P) for $800,000/1 yr.
PIT signed free agent Roman Mejias (LF) for $340,000/1 yr.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at Los Angeles Dodgers
May 6, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Stan Williams takes the mound for the Dodgers.
Gordy Coleman flied out to center. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to second. <--->
Billy Williams struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Tony Cloninger takes the mound for the Dusters.
Maury Wills lined out to second. <--->
Jim Gilliam grounded to second. <--->
Wally Moon reached second on a throwing error by the pitcher. <-2->
Duke Snider homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
Willie Davis reached first on a fielding error by the catcher. <--1>
Willie Davis was caught stealing second. <--->
2 runs, 1 hit, 2 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the first, Los Angeles leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Jerry Adair lined out to center. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Ken Hubbs struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Lee Walls grounded to third. <--->
Johnny Roseboro struck out. <--->
Larry Burright grounded to the pitcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, Los Angeles leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Mack Jones struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to first base. <--->
Tony Cloninger walked. <--1>
Gordy Coleman flied out to center. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Stan Williams grounded to first base. <--->
Maury Wills grounded to first. <--->
Jim Gilliam singled to left. <--1>
Wally Moon struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, Los Angeles leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Hector Lopez flied out to left. <--->
Billy Williams singled to right. <--1>
Jerry Adair singled down the right field line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Clete Boyer struck out. <3-1>
Ken Hubbs popped up to the catcher. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Duke Snider grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Willie Davis grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Lee Walls grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Los Angeles leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Mack Jones doubled to right field. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard singled to center, scoring a run. <--1>
Tony Cloninger laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Gordy Coleman singled up the middle. <3-1>
Johnny Blanchard went for an extra base and was thrown out at home. <--1>
Hector Lopez grounded to short. <--1>
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Roseboro grounded to short. <--->
Larry Burright grounded to short. <--->
Stan Williams grounded to the third baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Los Angeles leads 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Billy Williams struck out. <--->
Jerry Adair popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Clete Boyer flied out to right field. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Maury Wills struck out. <--->
Jim Gilliam flied out to right. <--->
Wally Moon grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Los Angeles leads 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Ken Hubbs grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Mack Jones doubled down the left field line. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard flied out to center. <-2->
Lee Maye pinch hit for Tony Cloninger. <-2->
Lee Maye grounded to short. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Jim Brewer came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Duke Snider homered over the right field fence. <--->
Willie Davis struck out. <--->
Lee Walls grounded to first. <--->
Johnny Roseboro hit an infield single to first. <--1>
Larry Burright reached first on a fielding error by the catcher. <-21>
Frank Howard pinch hit for Stan Williams. <-21>
Frank Howard flied out to center. <-21>
1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Los Angeles leads 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Larry Sherry came in to pitch for the Dodgers. <--->
Ron Fairly came in to play Right Field. <--->
Gordy Coleman struck out. <--->
Hector Lopez walked. <--1>
Billy Williams walked. <-21>
Jerry Adair singled into right field. <321>
Clete Boyer grounded to the pitcher, scoring a run. <3-1>
Vic Power pinch hit for Ken Hubbs. <3-1>
Vic Power flied out to center. <3-1>
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada trails 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Johnny Schaive came in to play Second Base. <--->
Maury Wills doubled through the right side. <-2->
Jim Gilliam singled up the middle, scoring a run. <--1>
Wally Moon walked. <-21>
Ron Fairly homered into the left field bleachers for three RBIs. <--->
Jim Umbricht came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Willie Davis grounded to short. <--->
Lee Walls grounded to third. <--->
Johnny Roseboro flied out to center field. <--->
4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Los Angeles leads 7 to 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Mack Jones walked. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
Tom Tresh pinch hit for Jim Umbricht. <-2->
Tom Tresh flied out to left. <-2->
Mack Jones tagged up but was thrown out at third. <--->

DODGERS WIN: 7-2
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0    2  7  3
       Dodgers (LAD) 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 x    7  7  0

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
G. Coleman (1B)       4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .358
H. Lopez (RF)         3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .329
B. Williams (LF)      3  1  1  0  0  0  2  0    .359
J. Adair (SS)         4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .293
C. Boyer (3B)         4  0  0  0  0  1  1  0    .297
K. Hubbs (2B)         3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .185
 V. Power (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 J. Schaive (2B)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .283
M. Jones (CF)         3  2  1  1  0  0  1  0    .190
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .277
T. Cloninger (P)      0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .154
 L. Maye (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .268
 J. Brewer (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 J. Umbricht (P)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 T. Tresh (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .261
TOTALS               31  7  4  2  0  2  6  0

   2B:  M. Jones 2 (2)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    T. Cloninger  6.0  2  0  1  2  0  3  76   4.09
       J. Brewer  1.0  5  1  2  5  5  1  44   4.32
     J. Umbricht  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  11   8.10
          TOTALS  8.0  7  1  3  7  5  4 131

LOS ANGELES          ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
M. Wills (SS)         4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .301
J. Gilliam (3B)       4  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .150
W. Moon (LF)          3  0  1  2  0  0  1  0    .218
D. Snider (RF)        3  2  0  2  2  3  0  0    .300
 R. Fairly (RF)       1  1  0  1  1  3  0  0    .235
W. Davis (CF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .250
L. Walls (1B)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .191
J. Roseboro (C)       4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .272
L. Burright (2B)      3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .184
S. Williams (P)       2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .100
 F. Howard (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .310
 L. Sherry (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               33  7  1  7  3  7  4  0

   2B:  M. Wills (7)
   HR:  D. Snider 2 (3), R. Fairly (1)

     LOS ANGELES   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
     S. Williams  7.0  6  1  0  1  1  5 100   4.81
       L. Sherry  2.0  1  3  0  1  1  1  35   2.96
          TOTALS  9.0  7  4  0  2  2  6 135

     WP: S. Williams (3-4)
     LP: T. Cloninger (2-3)
     SV: L. Sherry (2)

     Attendance: 51,964
     Time: 2:32