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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Cubs @ Dusters
June 9-11, 1962
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What Really Happened in 1962
May 18 -- Mickey Mantle suffers a groin pull and knee injury as the Yankees lose to Minnesota 4-3 and will be out for a month.
May 18 -- A Player Development Plan approved by ML owners reorganizes the minor leagues into four classes: Rookie, Class A, Class AA, and Class AAA. (There were previously seven classes.)
May 19 -- Stan Musial's 3,431st hit breaks Honus Wagner NL record (as it is currently recognized).
May 20 -- The Cleveland Indians tie a record (set by the Giants in 1954) for the most home runs in six consecutive games with twenty-one. They have at least two home runs in nine straight games.
May 23 -- Joe Pepitone of the Yankees becomes the sixth player in AL history to hit two homers in one inning as New York gets nine runs in the 8th inning of a game with Kansas City.
May 24 -- Detroit hurler Jim Bunning is accused by Orioles manager Billy Hitchcock of notching the ball with his belt buckle.
May 25 -- Ernie Banks is beaned by Cincinnati pitcher Moe Drabowsky and taken off the field on a stretcher.
May 26 -- Al Kaline breaks his collarbone making a game-saving catch in Detroit's 2-1 victory over the Yankees.
May 29 -- In his first game after being beaned (May 25), Ernie Banks hits three home runs and a double but the Cubs still lose to the Braves 11-9 when an error by Andre Rodgers results in six unearned runs for Milwaukee.
May 30 -- Maury Wills of the Dodgers becomes the seventh player in ML history to hit homers from both sides of the plate in a game.
June 1 -- Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale wins his thirteenth straight against the Philadelphia Phillies. He will lose his next nine decisions against them.

Whitey Ford on the cover of the 1962
version of Who's Who in Baseball


Chicago Cubs (30-30) @ Nevada Dusters (35-28)
June 9-11, 1962
Horizon Field, Las Vegas, NV

DL: Lee Maye (RF), stretched knee ligament, fourteen days. Tom Tresh (SS/CF), twisted ankle, seven days. Joe Horlen (P), pulled quadriceps, one day.

TRADES .
KCA offered Orlando Pena (RP) and Dan Osinski (RP) for Clete Boyer (3B). DECLINED.

MOVES
Bubba Morton (RF) called up from AAA Bakersfield. Lee Maye (RF) sent down to AAA Bakersfield (14 days on DL).


Chicago Cubs Game 1 starting lineup
Lou Brock (CF), Bob Raudman (LF), Ron Santo (3B), Hank Aaron (RF), Ernie Banks (SS), Andre Rodgers (1B), Sammy Taylor (C), Jim McKnight (2B), Bob Anderson (SP)

[June 9, Game 1]
Hank Aaron dashed any hopes the Dusters might have entertained of winning three in a row as Hammerin' Hank added two homers to his collection at the expense of Nevada starter Tony Cloninger (2-5). With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 3rd, three singles, a walk and an error charged to Johnny Blanchard gave the Cubs two more runs. In the bottom of the 3rd Gordy Coleman, starting at first in place of Vic Power, tripled and scored on a wild pitch by Chicago starter Bob Anderson. Aaron's second two-run dinger of the day, in the 7th, made it 6-3 and chased Cloninger. Reliever Bob Duliba held the Cubs at bay from that point on, but the Dusters could manage just one more run -- a solo home run by Johnny Schaive, and lost the opener 6-4. Aaron finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Hector Lopez went 3-for-5 with a run and a ribbie. Outfielder Bubba Morton, called up from AAA Bakersfield, got his first plate appearance in a Duster uniform as a pinch hitter,and drew a walk.
Lineup: Coleman, Lopez, Williams, Blanchard, Adair, Boyer, Schaive, Jones, Cloninger
Record: 35-29
Cubs 6, Dusters 4
[June 10, Game 2]
Joe Horlen (7-2) returned from a stint on the DL to take on Cubs rookie hurler George Gerberman (2-2) in what turned out to be a pitchers' duel. Clete Boyer, who had hit two homers in the previous series, connected for another in the 2nd, but the Cubs tied the game with a run in the 4th. The Dusters broke out in the 6th as two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Boyer, who delivered again with a two-run single into the right field corner. Chicago got one of those runs back in the 7th but Jerry Adair's two-run shot up the middle with the bases loaded in the Nevada 8th stretched the Duster lead to 6-2, and Pete Richert allowed just one hit while striking out three in the 8th and 9th to secure his first save and Horlen's eighth win of the season. Boyer was 2-for-3 on the day with a pair of runs and three RBIs while Ken Hubbs, getting a rare nod at second base also went 2-for-3. The Dusters made two errors that should have ended innings but instead brought Hank Aaron to the plate with men on base. In both cases Horlen got Aaron out.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Blanchard, Boyer, Schaive, Hubbs, Jones, Horlen
Record: 36-29
Dusters 6, Cubs 2
[June 11, Game 3]
As had been in the case in his last several starts, Dave McNally (6-0) took the mound for the Dusters seeking his seventh win of the season -- and once again it eluded him. His opponent this time was Don Cardwell (5-5, 2.71), and between them the two starters pitched a scoreless game until the 5th. Dick Bertell opened the Chicago half of the inning with a single; McNally walked Lou Brock and a wild pitch moved the baserunners to second and third for George Altman, whose single through the left side scored them both. Cardwell looked untouchable, giving up just two hits to the Dusters in the first eight innings. But in the 9th Cardwell walked the first two batters, Clete Boyer and Johnny Schaive, and Jerry Adair hit an RBI single. Don McMahon relieved Cardwell and struck out Mack Jones, but pinch hitter Doug Camilli hit a grounder that scored Schaive and tied the game, sending it into extra innings. Bill Dailey didn't allow a Chicago hit in the 10th or 11th, nor did Claude Raymond in the 12th. In the Duster 12th Hector Lopez singled off Don Elston, went to second on a Billy Williams sac bunt, and scored when Boyer hit one right up the middle. Raymond got the win to improve his record to 4-1. The teams combined for only eight hits, all singles save for a Hector Lopez two-sacker. Nevada moved to within 1.5 games of third place San Francisco (37-26) and put a little distance between themselves and fifth-place Los Angeles (33-30). The performance of the bullpen in the series gave Conn Hudson and Ben Naylor reason to be hopeful that their relievers were starting to come around.
Lineup: Coleman, Lopez, Williams, Blanchard, Boyer, Schaive, Adair, Jones, McNally
Record: 37-29
Dusters 3, Cubs 2


Clete Boyer (NEV)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,251 ..... Revenue: $16.8M ..... Profit: $4.8M ..... Cash: $9.5M ..... Team Payroll: $20.5M

Series stats:
2Bs: Lopez
3Bs:  Williams, Coleman
HRs: Schaive, Boyer
SBs:  Adair, Jones
Runs: Coleman, Lopez (3), Williams (3), Schaive (2),. Blanchard, Boyer (3)
RBIs: Lopez, Williams, Blanchard, Schaive (2), Boyer (4), Adair (3), Camilli

Around the leagues:
MIN signed free agent Haywood Sullivan (C) for $1,800,000/1 yr.
STL signed Kyle Whiteway (CF) for $18,000/1 yr.

BOS--Pumpsie Green (SS), strained knee, two weeks.
NYY--Roy White (LF), hairline wrist break, two weeks.
STL--George Kernak (1B), spiked achilles tendon, two weeks.
MIN--Bob Allison (RF), pulled groin, two weeks.
BAL--Dave Vineyard (P), wrist stress fracture, three weeks.

FEATURED GAME
Chicago Cubs at Nevada Dusters
June 11, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Dave McNally takes the mound for the Dusters.
Lou Brock struck out. <--->
George Altman walked. <--1>
The Cubs put on the hit and run.
Ron Santo struck out. <--1>
Hank Aaron grounded to short. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Don Cardwell takes the mound for the Cubs.
Gordy Coleman walked. <--1>
Hector Lopez struck out. <--1>
Billy Williams grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
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
Ernie Banks grounded to second. <--->
Andre Rodgers singled to center. <--1>
The Cubs put on the hit and run.
Dick Bertell popped up to second. <--1>
Jim McKnight struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Johnny Blanchard popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to the third baseman. <--->
Johnny Schaive grounded to the second baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Don Cardwell struck out. <--->
Lou Brock popped up to the third baseman in foul ground. <--->
George Altman walked. <--1>
Ron Santo popped up to short. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Jerry Adair flied out to right field. <--->
Mack Jones was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Dave McNally laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Gordy Coleman flied out to left field. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Hank Aaron popped up behind home plate. <--->
Ernie Banks struck out. <--->
Andre Rodgers grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Hector Lopez grounded to first. <--->
Billy Williams struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the second baseman. <--->
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
Dick Bertell singled to center field. <--1>
Jim McKnight laid down a sacrifice bunt to first base. <-2->
Don Cardwell grounded to third. <-2->
Lou Brock walked. <-21>
Dave McNally threw a wild pitch. <32->
George Altman singled through the left side for two RBIs. <--1>
Ron Santo popped up to short. <--1>
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Chicago leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Clete Boyer flied out to left. <--->
Johnny Schaive was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Jerry Adair grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Mack Jones reached first on a throwing error by the second baseman. <-21>
Vic Power pinch hit for Dave McNally. <-21>
Vic Power grounded to short. <-21>
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Hank Aaron struck out. <--->
Ernie Banks grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Andre Rodgers flied out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Chicago leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Gordy Coleman grounded to short. <--->
Hector Lopez doubled down the third base line. <-2->
Billy Williams walked. <-21>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the third baseman for a double play (5-4-3). <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Dick Bertell grounded to third. <--->
Jim McKnight grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Don Cardwell struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Chicago leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Clete Boyer walked. <--1>
Johnny Schaive grounded to first. <-2->
Dick Bertell allowed a passed ball. <3-->
Jerry Adair flied out to right. <3-->
Mack Jones was intentionally walked. <3-1>
Bubba Morton pinch hit for Bob Duliba. <3-1>
Bubba Morton dribbled weakly to the catcher. <3-1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Pete Richert came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Lou Brock grounded to second. <--->
George Altman struck out. <--->
Ron Santo walked. <--1>
Hank Aaron grounded to short. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Chicago leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Gordy Coleman popped up to second. <--->
Hector Lopez lined out to second. <--->
Billy Williams was intentionally walked. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to third. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Ernie Banks flied out to right. <--->
Andre Rodgers flied out to left. <--->
Dick Bertell grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Chicago leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Clete Boyer walked. <--1>
Johnny Schaive walked. <-21>
Jerry Adair singled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-21>
Johnny Schaive went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
Don McMahon came in to pitch for the Cubs. <3-1>
Mack Jones struck out. <3-1>
The Cubs brought the infield in.
Doug Camilli pinch hit for Pete Richert. <3-1>
The Cubs brought the infield in.
Doug Camilli grounded to short, scoring a run. <--1>
Gordy Coleman grounded to third. <--1>
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Jim McKnight grounded to the shortstop. <--->
The Dusters guarded the lines.
Moe Morhardt pinch hit for Don McMahon. <--->
Moe Morhardt struck out. <--->
Lou Brock grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Don Elston came in to pitch for the Cubs. <--->
Hector Lopez popped up to short. <--->
Billy Williams popped up to short. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the second baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
George Altman lined out to third. <--->
Ron Santo struck out. <--->
Hank Aaron struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eleventh, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
Clete Boyer singled to left. <--1>
Johnny Schaive struck out. <--1>
Jerry Adair laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
Mack Jones was intentionally walked. <-21>
Ken Hubbs pinch hit for Bill Dailey. <-21>
Ken Hubbs popped up foul down the third base line. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the eleventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE TWELFTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Ernie Banks grounded to the third baseman. <--->
Andre Rodgers flied out to center. <--->
Dick Bertell grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the twelfth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH
Gordy Coleman grounded to short. <--->
Hector Lopez singled to left. <--1>
Billy Williams laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard was intentionally walked. <-21>
Clete Boyer singled back through the middle, scoring a run. <-21>

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

CHICAGO              ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
L. Brock (CF)         4  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .265
G. Altman (LF)        3  1  2  0  0  2  1  0    .179
R. Santo (3B)         4  0  1  0  0  0  2  0    .311
H. Aaron (RF)         5  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .307
E. Banks (SS)         5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .232
A. Rodgers (1B)       5  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .285
D. Bertell (C)        5  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .242
J. McKnight (2B)      3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .216
D. Cardwell (P)       3  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .083
 D. McMahon (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 M. Morhardt (PH)     1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .271
 D. Elston (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               38  3  4  2  0  2 11  0


         CHICAGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
     D. Cardwell  8.0  2  7  0  2  2  2 108   2.71
      D. McMahon  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  11   2.63
       D. Elston  2.2  3  2  0  1  1  1  51   2.11
          TOTALS 11.2  5  9  0  3  3  4 170

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
G. Coleman (1B)       5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .320
H. Lopez (RF)         6  2  0  1  0  0  1  0    .340
B. Williams (LF)      3  0  2  0  0  0  1  0    .332
J. Blanchard (C)      5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .247
C. Boyer (3B)         4  2  2  1  0  1  0  0    .285
J. Schaive (SS)       3  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .269
J. Adair (2B)         4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .294
M. Jones (CF)         2  0  2  0  0  0  1  0    .222
D. McNally (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .296
 V. Power (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .304
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 B. Morton (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 P. Richert (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 D. Camilli (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .175
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 K. Hubbs (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .188
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
TOTALS               36  5  9  3  0  3  4  0

   2B:  H. Lopez (15)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      D. McNally  5.0  3  3  0  2  2  5  73   2.32
       B. Duliba  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  2  17   4.91
      P. Richert  2.0  0  1  0  0  0  1  26   3.04
       B. Dailey  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  3  19   2.67
      C. Raymond  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  12   7.45
          TOTALS 12.0  3  4  0  2  2 11 147

     WP: C. Raymond (4-1)
     LP: D. Elston (3-3)

     Attendance: 12,979
     Time: 3:25