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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Colt .45's
September 26-28, 1962
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Nevada Dusters: Minor League Report (as of 8.12)
Bakersfield Bullets (AAA)
Doug Camilli (C) 31ab, 7h, 4r, 6rbi, 0hr, 3bb, 5k, 0sb, .226/.294/.226
Donn Clendenon (1B) 232ab, 81h, 45r, 50rbi, 7hr, 18bb, 36k, 3sb, .349/.394/.534
Bubba Morton (RF) 180ab, 52h, 36r, 34er, 3hr, 19bb, 17k, 4sb, .289/.358/.372
Tony Oliva (RF) 183ab, 51h, 37r, 38rbi, 12hr, 18bb, 17k, 4sb, .279/.347/.530
Jim Bouton (P) 5gs, 1W, 0L, 2.00era, 27.0ip, 7r, 6er, 22h, 0hr, 8bb, 15k, .222baa

Salt Lake City Saints (AA)
Denis Menke (SS) 403ab, 106h, 56r, 62rbi, 5hr, 60bb, 61k, 6sb, .263/.360/.367
Wes Parker (1B) 218ab, 67h, 41r, 36rbi, 2hr, 40bb, 29k, 7sb, .307/.407/.404
Cookie Rojas (2B) 500ab, 151h, 81r, 79rbi, 4hr, 34bb, 35k, 5sb, .302/.345/.382
Ray Culp (P) 8gs, 2W, 4L, 5.56era, 43.2ip, 28r, 27er, 51h, 7hr, 15bb, 19k, .288baa
Hank Fischer (P) 0gs, 3W, 1L, 1.01era, 26.2ip, 6r, 3er, 20h, 1hr, 3bb, 11k, .208baa
Ron Herbel (P) 14gs, 6W, 2L, 3.66era, 108.1ip, 54r, 44er, 111h, 10hr, 38bb, 31k, .267baa
Phil Niekro (P) 26gs, 9W, 2L, 3.13era, 164.0ip, 72r, 57er, 149h, 13hr, 52bb, 81k, .239baa, 1cg

Tucson Stingers (A)
Tommie Aaron (1B) 327ab, 91h, 49r, 52rbi, 2hr, 45bb, 40k, 3sb, .278/.369/.370
Gene Alley (SS) 388ab, 114h, 68r, 61rbi, 2hr, 50bb, 52k, 7sb, .294/.375/.369
Jesus Alou (RF) 378ab, 116h, 71r, 69rbi, 2hr, 14bb, 24k, 4sb, .307/.330/.360
George Banks (3B) 408ab, 109h, 74r, 77rbi, 10hr, 58bb, 51k, 4sb, .267/.360/.429
Jose Cardenal (CF) 218ab, 80h, 46r, 47rbi, 6hr, 29bb, 17k, 14sb, .367/.444/.532
Danny Cater (1B) 55ab, 21h, 17r, 15rbi, 5hr, 6bb, 3k, 1sb, .382/.435/.709
Walt Hriniak (C) 263ab, 79h, 48r, 42rbi, 1hr, 17bb, 35k, 1sb, .300/.345/.342
Cecil Butler (P) 14gs, 4W, 6L, 2.27era, 123.0ip, 38r, 31er, 85h, 6hr, 27bb, 48k, .194baa, 1sv
Clay Carroll (P) 7gs, 3W, 2L, 1.81era, 104.2ip, 34r, 21er, 85h, 6hr, 31bb, 31k, .222baa, 3sv
Herb Hippauf (P) 8gs, 1W, 4L, 3.51era, 115.1ip, 56r, 45er, 108h, 6hr, 51bb, 35k, .245baa, 8sv
Dick Kelley (P) 9gs, 11W, 4L, 2.23era, 113.0ip, 34r, 28er, 89h, 1hr, 36bb, 59k, .212baa
Larry Maxie (P) 7gs, 6W, 2L, 2.66era, 88.0ip, 29r, 26er, 66h, 3hr, 29bb, 29k, .208baa, 1sv

Montana Wolves (R)
Sandy Alomar (2B) 106ab, 31h, 18r, 15rbi, 0hr, 17bb, 7k, 8sb, .292/.390/.358
Bob Bailey (3B) 222ab, 84h, 58r, 57rbi, 14hr, 50bb, 32k, 6sb, .378/.489/.640
Jerry Grote (C) 164ab, 51h, 25r, 27rbi, 0hr, 24bb, 15k, 0sb, .311/.397/.396
Randy Hundley (C) 72ab, 19h, 15r, 11rbi, 2hr, 8bb, 9k, 0sb, .264/.338/.389
Felix Millan (2B) 140ab, 39h, 22r, 24rbi, 0hr, 9bb, 7k, 1sb, .279/.327/.314
Tony Perez (1B) 242ab, 99h, 62r, 76rbi, 17hr, 38bb, 32k, 1sb, .409/.483/.715
Roger Repoz (CF) 100ab, 33h, 19r, 24rbi, 5hr, 19bb, 21k, 1sb, .330/.440/.550
Wade Blasingame (P) 12gs, 4W, 0L, 1.70era, 69.0ip, 20r, 13er, 50h, 2hr, 20bb, 23k, .201baa
Bruce Howard (P) 10gs, 5W, 2L, 2.65era, 68.0ip, 27r, 20er, 59h, 3hr, 27bb, 37k, .228baa
Marcelino Lopez (P) 3gs, 2W, 2L, 3.97era, 22.2ip, 13r, 10er, 30h, 0hr, 12bb, 6k, .316baa
Dan Schneider (P) 1gs, 1W, 1L, 1.76era, 30.2ip, 12r, 6er, 28h, 2hr, 7bb, 10k, .250baa, 4sv
Cecil Upshaw (P) 5gs, 4W, 0L, 1.55era, 40.2ip, 10r, 7er, 28h, 2hr, 5bb, 14k, .199baa

FAST TRACK
Bakersfield Bullets: Donn Clendenon (1B), Jim Bouton (P)
Salt Lake City Saints: Hank Fischer (P)
Tucson Stingers: Dick Kelley (P), George Banks (3B), Jose Cardenal (CF), Danny Cater (1B)
Montana Wolves: Bob Bailey (3B), Tony Perez (1B), Wade Blasingame (P)

Outfielder Tony Oliva of the AAA Bakersfield Bullets
got some major league at-bats in September

Nevada Dusters (92-55) @ Houston Colt .45's (53-94)
September 26-28, 1962
Colt Stadium, Houston, TX

DL: Jim Umbricht (RP), elbow tendonitis, five days. Pete Richert (SP), ankle stress fracture, nine days. Claude Raymond (RP), sprained neck, four days. Roger Repoz (CF-Montana Wolves), broken ankle, 41 days.

SIGNINGS
Johnny Blanchard (C) signed a four-year extension at $4,400,000.

MOVES
Walt Hribiak (C) from A Tucson Stingers to AA Salt  Lake City Saints. Jerry Grote (C) from R Montana Wolves to A Tucson Stingers.

Houston Colt .45's Game 1 starting lineup:
Al Heist (CF), Walt Williams (RF), Johnny Weekly (LF), Norm Larker (1B), Bob Aspromonte (3B), Don Buddin (SS), Adrian Garrett (C), Joey Amalfitano (2B), Hal Woodeshick (SP)

[September 26, Game 1]
Bob Shaw (20-3) led the Dusters against Hal Woodeshick (2-15) and the last-place Houston Colt '45's in their last trip to Colt Stadium for 1962. With Johnny Blanchard sitting it out against southpaw Woodeshick, Cam Carreon started behind the plate for Nevada. Houston put together a couple of hits, a walk and a stolen base in the home 1st to take a 2-1 lead, but after that Shaw  settled down. He pitched five innings -- temporarily on a four-man rotation, Ben Naylor wanted to keep the pitch counts down -- and didn't allow another run. Neither did relievers Jim Roland, Bob Duliba and Jim Brewer. Carreon and Johnny Schaive each hit RBI doubles in the 6th, and later in that frame Woodeshick and reliever Turk Farrell each walked in a Nevada run with the bases loaded to give the Dusters a 5-2 advantage. The Colt .45's put two on with one out in the bottom of the 6th and again in the 8th, but came up short both times. Schaive was 3-for-4 on the day and Shaw improved to 21-3, still one win behind league leader Juan Marichal. The win put the Dusters five games up on San Francisco, as the Giants moved into second place with a win while the Pirates lost their second game in a row.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Adair, Schaive, Carreon, Shaw
Record: 93-55
Dusters 5, Colt .45's 2
[September 27, Game 2]
Lou Johnson spelled Hector Lopez in left field as Tony Cloninger (13-8) took on Ken Johnson (8-20) in a game that remained scoreless through the first four innings. Cloninger walked the first two batters he faced in the home 5th, Joey Amalfitano singled in one run, and Johnson laid down a sac bunt that scored Don Buddin from third to make it 2-0 Houston. The Dusters tied the game in the next frame when Houston third sacker Bob Aspromonte overthrew first base trying to put out Gordy Coleman and two runs scored. Another Houston error in the 8th began a Duster rally that resulted in four more runs as Lee Maye, Vic Power and a pinch-hitting Lopez all singled, and Tom Tresh hit his thirteenth double of the year. Aspromonte made amends in the Houston 8th with a two-run single off Nevada reliever Bob Duliba to make it 6-4 but Bill Dailey retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th for his 17th save. Barney Schultz, who pitched just two-thirds of an inning, got the win, improving to 5-1. (Cloninger gave up two runs on two hits in 6.1 innings of work.) The Dusters had defeated the Colt .45's for the eleventh straight time; the last Houston victory had occurred in the first series of the year between the two clubs, on April 6.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Johnson, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Schaive, Cloninger
Record: 94-55
Dusters 6, Colt .45's 4
[September 28, Game 3]
Mack Jones subbed for Lee Maye in center field as Joe Horlen sought his sixteenth win of the season, facing Bob Bruce (10-17). Horlen allowed no runs on three hits in six-plus innings, while the Duster lineup victimized Bruce for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits, and piled on six more hits against a trio of Houston relievers. Hector Lopez collected his 24th homer of the season, Billy Williams his 31st while going 3-for-4 on the day. With an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the 7th, Ben Naylor saw hit to replace Horlen after only 68 pitches and install Ken Mackenzie on the hill. Mackenzie promptly served up a gopher ball to Don Buddin, ruining the shutout bid, but Nails kept Mackenzie in until the final out, and the newly acquired reliever allowed just one more hit. Horlen got his 16th win and the Dusters had swept the hapless Colt .45's in four consecutive series. Best of all, the four-game winning streak kept them five games ahead of the second-place Giants, who had won three in a row.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Schaive, Jones, Horlen
Record: 95-55
Dusters 9, Colt .45's 1

NL: (1) Nevada 95-55, (2) San Francisco 92-62, (3) Pittsburgh 89-62
AL: (1) Minnesota 90-61, (2) New York 90-64, (3) Baltimore 87-67




Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,987 ..... Revenue: $40.3M ..... Profit: $13.1M ..... Cash: $16.8M ..... Team Payroll: $24.9M

Series stats:
2Bs: Schaive, Carreon, Tresh, Lopez, Adair
3Bs: none
HRs: Williams, Lopez
SBs: Boyer, Williams
Runs: Power (2), Boyer (4), Schaive (2), Carreon, Adair, Williams (3), Blanchard (2), Tresh, Lopez (2), Jones (2)
RBIs: Williams (3), Lopez (6), Carreon, Maye, Tresh, Boyer, Adair, Schaive, Jones, Horlen

Around the leagues:
STL--Charlie James (RF) hit for the cycle, Sept. 27.

KCA signed free agent Carl Sawatski (C) for $1,350,000/1 yr.

NYY--Bob Turley (P), pulled groin, two weeks.
LAD--Ron Perranoski (P), dislocated hip, six weeks.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at Houston Colt .45's
September 27, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Ken Johnson takes the mound for the Colt .45's.
Vic Power flied out to right. <--->
Lee Maye popped up to short. <--->
Billy Williams reached first on a throwing error by the first baseman. <--1>
Lou Johnson grounded to first. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 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.
Al Heist popped up to the shortstop. <--->
Walt Williams flied out to center. <--->
Johnny Weekly walked. <--1>
Dick Gernert struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Clete Boyer struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard flied out to left field. <--->
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Bob Aspromonte singled down the first base line. <--1>
Don Buddin grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
Adrian Garrett lined out to left. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Johnny Schaive flied out to center. <--->
Tony Cloninger grounded to short. <--->
Vic Power singled in the right field gap. <--1>
Lee Maye walked. <-21>
Billy Williams struck out. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Joey Amalfitano popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--->
Ken Johnson grounded to third. <--->
Al Heist popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Lou Johnson grounded to short. <--->
Clete Boyer struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard singled through the left side. <--1>
Jerry Adair popped up to first. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Walt Williams popped up to second. <--->
Johnny Weekly popped up behind home plate. <--->
Dick Gernert grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Schaive lined out to first base. <--->
Tony Cloninger singled to center. <--1>
Vic Power grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Lee Maye flied out to center. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Bob Aspromonte walked. <--1>
Don Buddin walked. <-21>
Adrian Garrett popped up behind home plate. <-21>
Joey Amalfitano singled to left field, scoring a run. <-21>
Don Buddin went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
Ken Johnson laid down a sacrifice bunt to third - a run scored. <-2->
Al Heist popped up behind home plate. <-2->
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Houston leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Billy Williams hit an infield single to second. <--1>
Lou Johnson singled over the third baseman. <-21>
Clete Boyer grounded to the shortstop, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Clete Boyer stole second. <32->
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <32->
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Jerry Adair. <32->
Gordy Coleman reached second on a throwing error by the third baseman - two runs scored. <-2->
Tony Oliva pinch hit for Johnny Schaive. <-2->
Tony Oliva popped up to short. <-2->
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Cookie Rojas came in to play Second Base. <--->
Tom Tresh came in to play Shortstop. <--->
Walt Williams grounded to second. <--->
Johnny Weekly popped up to second. <--->
Dick Gernert walked. <--1>
Bob Aspromonte popped up behind home plate. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Tony Cloninger grounded to second. <--->
Vic Power singled to right. <--1>
Lee Maye laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Billy Williams popped up behind home plate. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Don Buddin grounded to short. <--->
Barney Schultz came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Adrian Garrett grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Joey Amalfitano walked. <--1>
Norm Larker pinch hit for Ken Johnson. <--1>
Norm Larker singled to right, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Al Heist grounded to first base. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Dave Giusti came in to pitch for the Colt .45's. <--->
Lou Johnson lined out to right field. <--->
Clete Boyer reached first on a fielding error by the first baseman. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard walked. <-21>
Tom Tresh doubled through the right side, scoring a run. <32->
Mack Jones pinch hit for Cookie Rojas. <32->
Mack Jones struck out. <32->
Hector Lopez pinch hit for Barney Schultz. <32->
Hector Lopez singled through the left side for two RBIs. <--1>
Vic Power hit an infield single to third. <-21>
Bobby Shantz came in to pitch for the Colt .45's. <-21>
Lee Maye singled down the first base line, scoring a run. <3-1>
Billy Williams walked. <321>
Lou Johnson struck out. <321>
4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, and 3 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 6 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Ken Hubbs came in to play Second Base. <--->
Walt Williams walked. <--1>
Johnny Weekly singled through the left side. <-21>
Dick Gernert grounded to short, forcing the runner at third. <-21>
Bob Duliba threw a wild pitch. <32->
Bob Aspromonte singled to left for two RBIs. <--1>
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--1>
Don Buddin grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Houston trails 6 to 4.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Clete Boyer hit an infield single to first. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
Tom Tresh walked. <-21>
Ken Hubbs grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 6 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Adrian Garrett flied out to center. <--->
Joey Amalfitano grounded to second. <--->
Joe Morgan pinch hit for Bobby Shantz. <--->
Joe Morgan grounded to short. <--->

DUSTERS WIN: 6-4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0    6 11  0
    Colt .45's (HOU) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0    4  5  3

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  3  0  0  0  0  0  0    .298
L. Maye (CF)          3  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .301
B. Williams (RF)      4  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .313
L. Johnson (LF)       5  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .297
C. Boyer (3B)         5  1  0  2  0  0  2  1    .273
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .235
J. Adair (SS)         2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .283
 G. Coleman (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .313
 T. Tresh (SS)        1  1  1  1  0  1  0  0    .218
J. Schaive (2B)       2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .246
 T. Oliva (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
 C. Rojas (2B)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .213
 K. Hubbs (2B)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .221
T. Cloninger (P)      3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .097
 B. Schultz (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 H. Lopez (PH)        1  1  0  1  0  2  0  0    .324
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               39 11  4  6  0  4  7  1

   2B:  T. Tresh (13)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    T. Cloninger  6.1  2  4  0  2  2  1  95   3.55
      B. Schultz  0.2  1  1  0  0  0  0  17   2.84
       B. Duliba  0.1  2  1  0  2  2  0  10   4.89
       B. Dailey  1.2  0  0  0  0  0  0  16   2.44
          TOTALS  9.0  5  6  0  4  4  1 138

HOUSTON              ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
A. Heist (CF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .224
W. Williams (RF)      3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .234
J. Weekly (LF)        3  1  1  1  0  0  0  0    .258
D. Gernert (1B)       3  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .229
B. Aspromonte (3B)    3  2  1  1  0  2  0  0    .219
D. Buddin (SS)        3  0  1  1  0  0  0  0    .224
A. Garrett (C)        4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .218
J. Amalfitano (2B)    3  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .278
K. Johnson (P)        1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .111
 N. Larker (PH)       1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .247
 D. Giusti (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
 B. Shantz (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .167
 J. Morgan (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               29  5  6  4  0  4  1  0


         HOUSTON   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      K. Johnson  7.0  6  1  0  2  2  5  86   3.56
       D. Giusti  0.2  3  1  0  4  0  1  27   3.01
       B. Shantz  1.1  2  2  0  0  0  1  28   3.90
          TOTALS  9.0 11  4  0  6  2  7 141

     WP: B. Schultz (5-1)
     LP: D. Giusti (5-5)
     SV: B. Dailey (17)

     Attendance: 30,216
     Time: 2:39