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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Phillies
October 8-10, 1962
National League Champs!
When the Dusters clinched the NL pennant during the series with the Mets, the response from the city of Las Vegas was schizophrenic. The people on the street were ecstatic. The mayor stated that it was wonderful that Las Vegas would be known for something besides slot machines and showgirls. Most local business concerns went all-out in showing their support for the city's baseball heroes. But the response from the casinos and hotels along the Strip was muted. There was speculation in the press that some of the owners on the Strip resented the Nevada Dusters for stealing some of their limelight. But most of them were simply indifferent -- their livelihood depended on the tourist trade, not baseball, and they weren't very much interested in things like civic pride. Conn Hudson was intent on putting as much distance between the Dusters and the Strip as possible. He insisted that the parade and rally put on by the city to honor the NL champions occurred along Washington Avenue -- well north of Highway 95, and nowhere near the Strip. The events, taking place on October 6 prior to the night game, drew huge crowds, and Hudson, along with a number of the players, used the rally as an opportunity to express their thanks for the support the people of Las Vegas had given the team during the long season.

Nevada Dusters (99-57) @ Philadelphia Phillies (72-87)
October 8-10, 1962
Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia, PA

DL: Roger Repoz (CF-Montana Wolves), broken ankle, 29 days.

Philadelphia Phillies Game 1 starting lineup:
Tony Taylor (2B), Tony Gonzalez (CF), Johnny Callison (LF), Roy Sievers (1B), Wes Covington (RF), Clay Dalrymple (C), Billy Klaus (3B), Ruben Amaro (SS), Art Mahaffey (P)

[October 8, Game 1]
With the pennant clinched, Ben Naylor wanted to use the final two series of the regular season for several purposes: to work his bullpen as much as possible while limiting the pitch count of his starters, and to give his bench players plenty of game time. Winning games was a secondary consideration. To that end he limited starter Tony Cloninger to five innings in Game One, while starting Gordy Coleman at first base, Ken Hubbs at second and Tom Tresh in center. It was a Ken Hubbs RBI double that scored the first Nevada run, and, with the game tied at 2 in the 4th, a sac fly by Tom Tresh allowed Jerry Adair to tag up at third and score. Cloninger opened the 5th with a single and later scored on a Lee Maye sac fly to make it 4-2. Bob Duliba took the hill in the 6th and Jim Brewer in the 8th, and boh relievers pitched well, securing the fourteenth win of the season for Cloninger, who allowed two runs on five hits through five innings. Art Mahaffey was the losing pitcher. Lee Maye hit his eleventh homer of the year, a solo shot in the 3rd. It was the 100th win for the Nevada Dusters franchise. Over in the AL, Baltimore was eliminated from the pennant race, leaving the Twins and the Yankees neck-and-neck at 95-65 and 95-66 respectively.
Lineup: Coleman, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Adair, Blanchard, Tresh, Hubbs, Cloninger
Record: 100-57
Dusters 4, Phillies 2
[October 9, Game 2]
Game 2 featured former Duster Steve Barber (10-10) taking the hill for Philadelphia against Joe Horlen (16-8), and the pitchers allowed just one hit each in the first five innings. The Dusters loaded the bases in the 6th with two outs, but Clete Boyer lined out to second to end the threat. In the Nevada 8th the bases were loaded again, and this time Boyer delivered with a two-run single to break the scoreless tie. The  Dusters added another run later in the inning, but  in the Philly 8th reliever Ken Mackenzie served up a two-run homer to Wes Covington to make it a one-run ballgame, and in the Philly 9th a throwing error by Nevada shortstop Johnny Schaive allowed the tying run to score. In the 11th, Johnny Blanchard -- who had taken over as catcher for Cam Carreon a couple of frames earlier, cranked his 37th homer of the year to right, and the Dusters held on to win, 4-3. The Dusters used sixteen batters and four pitchers during the game as Ben Naylor made numerous substitutions. Closer Bill Dailey (6-5) got the win. In the AL pennant race, the Yankees pulled in front of the Twins by a half-game.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Lopez, Boyer, Schaive, Hubbs, Tresh, Carreon, Horlen
Record: 101-57
Dusters 4, Phillies 3
[October 10, Game 3]
Back from the DL, Pete Richert was the Nevada starting pitcher for Game 3 -- and lasted just one inning. Not because he was pitching poorly, but with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning Ben Naylor seized the opportunity for an early lead. Billy Williams pinch hit for Richert, and his double scored three runs. From the 2nd on it was up to the bullpen combination of Ken Mackenzie, Barney Schultz, Bob Duliba and Jim Brewer, and collectively they held the Phillies to two runs on eight hits. Meanwhile, Lou Johnson (LF), Gordy Coleman (1B), and Mack Jones (CF) made Naylor's lineup card in a game in which Nails used fourteen batters. Coleman hit his tenth homer of the season while Johnny Blanchard collected his 38th, putting him in a tie for third place in the NL with Frank Robinson and trailing Hank Aaron and Ron Santo (each with 42). Blanchard's dinger was a two-run shot in the 8th that put the Dusters on top 7-2, a score they took into the clubhouse. Over in the AL, Minnesota and New York, both with records of 96-66 were locked in a dead heat for the pennant.
Lineup: Coleman, Maye, Adair, Johnson, Blanchard, Schaive, Tresh, Jones, Richert
Record: 102-57
Dusters 7, Phillies 2

Barney Schultz (NEV)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 14,137 ..... Revenue: $43.7M ..... Profit: $14.6M ..... Cash: $18.2M ..... Team Payroll: $28.0M

Series stats:


Around the leagues:
MIN--Reno Bertoia (3B), stretched knee ligament, five weeks.
BOS--Chuck Schilling (2B), pulled groin, two weeks.
BOS--Lou Clinton (RF), inflamed rotator cuff, three weeks.
NYM--Al Jackson (P), foot stress fracture, two weeks.

BOS signed free agent Sherm Lollar (C) for $2,450,000/1 yr.
BOS signed free agent Carl Sawatski (C) for $1,600,000/1 yr.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at Philadelphia Phillies
October 9, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Steve Barber takes the mound for the Phillies.
Vic Power grounded to second. <--->
Lee Maye popped up behind home plate. <--->
Hector Lopez flied out to left. <--->
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
Joe Horlen takes the mound for the Dusters.
Tony Taylor was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Ted Savage lined out to right. <--1>
Tony Taylor was caught stealing second. <--->
Johnny Callison struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Clete Boyer grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Johnny Schaive grounded to second. <--->
Ken Hubbs singled through the left side. <--1>
Ken Hubbs was caught stealing second. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Roy Sievers popped up to short. <--->
Tony Gonzalez lined out to short. <--->
Clay Dalrymple singled to center. <--1>
Wayne Graham grounded to the pitcher. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <--->
Cam Carreon grounded to short. <--->
Joe Horlen grounded to the third baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Ruben Amaro popped up to short. <--->
Steve Barber grounded to short. <--->
Tony Taylor grounded to the third baseman. <--->
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
Vic Power grounded to second. <--->
Lee Maye flied out to center. <--->
Hector Lopez walked. <--1>
Clete Boyer flied out to left. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Ted Savage struck out. <--->
Johnny Callison flied out to right. <--->
Roy Sievers grounded to second. <--->
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 grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Ken Hubbs flied out to left field. <--->
Tom Tresh lined out to center. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Tony Gonzalez popped up to the shortstop. <--->
Clay Dalrymple grounded to second. <--->
Wayne Graham lined out to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Cam Carreon doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
Joe Horlen struck out. <-2->
Vic Power grounded to second. The runner was tagged out at third. <--1>
Lee Maye singled through the left side. <-21>
Billy Williams pinch hit for Hector Lopez. <-21>
Billy Williams walked. <321>
Clete Boyer lined out to second. <321>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Ruben Amaro popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Steve Barber singled to left. <--1>
Tony Taylor grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Ted Savage grounded to second. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Johnny Schaive hit an infield single to the second baseman. <--1>
Ken Hubbs laid down a sacrifice bunt to first. <-2->
Tom Tresh struck out. <-2->
Cam Carreon struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Johnny Callison grounded to second. <--->
Roy Sievers grounded to second. <--->
Tony Gonzalez grounded to the third baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Mack Jones pinch hit for Joe Horlen. <--->
Mack Jones flied out to right field. <--->
Vic Power reached first on a throwing error by the second baseman. <--1>
Lee Maye bunts for a base hit down the first base line. <-21>
Billy Williams walked. <321>
Clete Boyer singled to center field for two RBIs. <3-1>
Johnny Schaive flied out to right. <3-1>
Billy Williams tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <--1>
Don Elston came in to pitch for the Phillies. <--1>
Ken Hubbs grounded to the third baseman. <--1>
3 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Ken Mackenzie came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Jerry Adair came in to play Second Base. <--->
Clay Dalrymple lined out to first base. <--->
Wayne Graham grounded to short. <--->
Ruben Amaro singled through the right side. <--1>
Wes Covington pinch hit for Don Elston. <--1>
Wes Covington homered around the foul pole in right for two RBIs. <--->
Tony Taylor grounded to short. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Philadelphia trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
John Boozer came in to pitch for the Phillies. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <--->
Cam Carreon flied out to center. <--->
Tony Oliva pinch hit for Ken Mackenzie. <--->
Tony Oliva doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
Vic Power lined out to right. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Johnny Blanchard came in to play Catcher. <--->
Ted Savage singled through the right side. <--1>
Johnny Callison laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Ted Savage stole third. <3-->
Roy Sievers reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop - a run scored. <--1>
Tony Gonzalez grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Clay Dalrymple flied out to center field. <--1>
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 3.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Lee Maye grounded to second. <--->
Billy Williams singled to left. <--1>
Clete Boyer struck out. <--1>
Johnny Schaive singled through the hole. <-21>
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Jerry Adair. <-21>
Gordy Coleman struck out. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 3.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Cookie Rojas came in to play Second Base. <--->
Wayne Graham grounded to third. <--->
Ruben Amaro grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Dick Allen pinch hit for John Boozer. <--->
Dick Allen popped up to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 3.

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
Jack Baldschun came in to pitch for the Phillies. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--->
Johnny Blanchard homered around the foul pole in right. <--->
Bubba Morton pinch hit for Bill Dailey. <--->
Bubba Morton flied out to right. <--->
Vic Power singled to left. <--1>
Lee Maye popped up behind home plate. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eleventh, Nevada leads 4 to 3.

BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Tony Taylor grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Ted Savage struck out. <--->
Johnny Callison struck out. <--->

DUSTERS WIN: 4-3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1  4 11  1
      Phillies (PHI) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0  3  5  1

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         6  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .295
L. Maye (RF)          6  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .303
H. Lopez (LF)         1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .319
 B. Williams (LF)     1  1  2  1  0  0  0  0    .315
C. Boyer (3B)         5  1  0  0  0  2  1  0    .276
J. Schaive (SS)       4  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .246
K. Hubbs (2B)         3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .225
 J. Adair (2B)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .292
 G. Coleman (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .301
 C. Rojas (2B)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
T. Tresh (CF)         5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .219
C. Carreon (C)        4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .269
 J. Blanchard (C)     1  1  0  1  1  1  0  0    .234
J. Horlen (P)         2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .128
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .225
 K. Mackenzie (P)     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 T. Oliva (PH)        1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 B. Morton (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
TOTALS               42 11  3  4  1  4  5  0

   2B:  C. Carreon (8), T. Oliva (2)
   HR:  J. Blanchard (37)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
       J. Horlen  7.0  2  0  0  0  0  2  60   2.52
    K. Mackenzie  1.0  2  0  1  2  2  0  20   5.56
       B. Dailey  2.0  1  0  0  1  1  0  26   2.49
      C. Raymond  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  2  14   5.36
          TOTALS 11.0  5  0  1  3  3  4 120

PHILADELPHIA         ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
T. Taylor (2B)        4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .252
T. Savage (RF)        5  1  0  1  0  0  2  1    .254
J. Callison (LF)      4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .256
R. Sievers (1B)       4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .303
T. Gonzalez (CF)      4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .318
C. Dalrymple (C)      4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .243
W. Graham (3B)        4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .080
R. Amaro (SS)         4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .198
S. Barber (P)         2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .109
 D. Elston (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 W. Covington (PH)    1  1  0  1  1  2  0  0    .268
 J. Boozer (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 D. Allen (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .303
 J. Baldschun (P)     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               37  5  0  3  1  2  4  1

   HR:  W. Covington (23)

    PHILADELPHIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
       S. Barber  7.2  6  3  0  3  1  3 112   3.66
       D. Elston  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  0   2   2.26
       J. Boozer  2.0  3  0  0  0  0  2  32   4.13
    J. Baldschun  1.0  2  0  1  1  1  0  17   4.85
          TOTALS 11.0 11  3  1  4  2  5 163

     WP: B. Dailey (6-5)
     LP: J. Baldschun (6-8)
     SV: C. Raymond (13)

     Attendance: 33,608
     Time: 3:10