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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Cubs
June 24-26,1962
The Standings (as of June 23, 1962)
(including team batting average and ERA)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PIT   46-26   .278  3.17
SFG   46-29   .267  3.20
CIN   44-30   .257  3.25
NEV   43-32   .269   3.66
LAD   38-37   .252  3.93
CHC   36-39   .252  4.29
STL   33-42   .249  4.05
NYM   32-42   .248  4.67
HOU   30-45   .240  4.00
PHI   23-49   .234  4.17
AMERICAN LEAGUE
BAL   45-30   .252  2.87
MIN   44-31   .255  4.26
NYY   40-32   .271  3.60
DET   38-34   .276  3.76
CHW   36-39   .246  3.78
KCA   33-38   .240  3.59
BOS   33-39   .258  3.88
CLE   34-40   .238  3.85
WSA   32-40   .241  3.93
LAA   30-42   .245  4.11


Nevada Dusters (43-32) @ Chicago Cubs (36-39)
June 24-26, 1962
Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

DL: Gordy Coleman (1B), bruised knee, five days. Clete Boyer (3B), pulled shoulder, one day.

TRADES
STL offered Doug Clemens (OF) and Bob Burda (RF/1B) for Bubba Morton (RF) and Hector Lopez (LF). DECLINED.

MOVES
Tony Oliva (RF) was called up from the Salt Lake City Saints (AA) to the Bakersfield Bullets (AAA).
Wes Parker (1B) was called up from the Tucson Stingers (A) to the Salt Lake City Saints (AAA).

Chicago Cubs  Game 1 starting lineup:
Lou Brock (CF), Andre Rodgers (1B), Ron Santo (3B), Hank Aaron (RF), Ernie Banks (SS), Dick Bertell (C), Jimmy Stewart (LF), Jim McKnight (2B), Don Cardwell (SP)

[June 24, Game 1]
With Clete Boyer still out with a pulled shoulder, the versatile Johnny Schaive started at third, and Ben Naylor rested left fielder Billy Williams, giving Bubba Morton the nod. A walk and a wild pitch by starter Steve Barber (3-6) and the boot of a Hank Aaron grounder by shortstop Tom Tresh contributed to a 1-0 Cubs lead in the 1st, but in the 2nd Schaive doubled and scored on a Mack Jones single to tie the game. The Dusters could not capitalize on a pair of Chicago errors in the 3rd, but in the 4th Schaive singled and scored on a Tresh double. Hank Aaron's 6th inning solo homer tied the game for the second time. Bill Henry relieved Cubs starter Don Cardwell for the Duster 9th and a walk, two more Cubs errors, and a single by Tresh combined to lift Nevada to a 4-2 advantage. Closer Bill Dailey gave up a single and a double to start the Chicago 9th but then got the next three outs to preserve the win, his sixth save. Bob Duliba was awarded the win. Barber pitched well after the opening frame, allowing two runs on three hits through six innings, striking out five in the process.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Adair, Blanchard, Morton, Schaive, Tresh, Jones, Barber
Record: 44-32
Dusters 4, Cubs 2
[June 25, Game 2]
Chicago's Ron Santo and Hank Aaron -- # 1 and # 2 in homers in the NL -- both hit long balls in the second game, but the Dusters hit twice as many, one each for Johnny Blanchard, Billy Williams, Vic Power and Jerry Adair as Tony Cloninger (2-6) earned his third win of the season. The game featured the long-awaited return of right fielder Lee Maye from the DL, and Clete Boyer took his place at third. Power and Maye -- # 1 and # 2 in the Nevada batting order -- both went 3-for-5 on the day. With the game tied at 4 going into the Nevada 5th, Power and Maye singled to preface a three-run blast to left by Williams; the Dusters added one more run in the frame, and Adair's homer in the 7th made it 9-4. After Cloninger gave up back-to-back homers in the 3rd Naylor considered pulling him. "I'm glad I didn't," said Nails later, "because he struck out the next five batters he faced." The Cubs managed a run in the 7th but could accomplish nothing with Pete Richert on the hill in the last two frames, and the Dusters found themselves in third place in the NL, a half-game ahead of Cincinnati, which had lost two in a row, and a game-and-a-half back of San Francisco.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Adair, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Jones, Cloninger
 Record: 45-32
Dusters 9, Cubs 5
[June 26, Game 3]
Steve Horlen (9-5) took the hill for Nevada in the final game of the series, and seemed to have matters well in hand through the first six innings, allowing just one run and two hits and going into the home 7th with a 4-1 lead courtesy of Johnny Blanchard's three-run homer in the 3rd and 5th inning RBI single off the bat of Hector Lopez. But Horlen ran into trouble in the bottom of the 7th as the Cubs compiled five hits -- all singles -- to score four runs and take a 5-4 lead. Naylor called on Bob Duliba to end the rally, which he did. The Dusters had a rally of their own in the top of the 8th -- four singles for two runs to regain the lead, 6-5. Pete Richert and Bill Dailey shut down the Cubs in the final two frames and the Dusters had their second series sweep of the month. Duliba got the win and Dailey the save. Horlen, of late, had made plain his desire to play for some other team, was unhappy with Naylor's decision to pull him in the 7th. Vic Power was 3-for-4 with a walk on the day, Lopez 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, and the homer was Blanchard's eighteenth of the season. (He had hit 21 for the Yankees in '61.)
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Adair, Boyer, Blanchard, Schaive, Horlen
Record: 46-32
Dusters 6, Cubs 5

Lou Brock (CHC)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,480 ..... Revenue: $19.3M ..... Profit: $5.2M ..... Cash: $9.8M ..... Team Payroll: $20.5M

Series stats:
2Bs: Tresh, Schaive, Jones, Adair
3Bs: Maye
HRs: Blanchard (2), Power, Williams, Adair
SBs: Jones, Blanchard
Runs: Morton, Schaive (3), Power (4), Maye (3), Williams, Adair (3), Blanchard (2), Boyer, Jones
RBIs: Tresh (3), Jones, Power, Maye (2), Williams (4), Adair, Blanchard (4), Lopez (2)

Around the leagues:
BOS singed free agent Ken Aspromonte (2B) for $2,850,000/1 yr.

KCA--Jim Donaldson (2B), sprained neck, two weeks.
PIT--Tom Sturdivant (P), severed knee ligament, six months.
CHC--Len Church (P), dislocated shoulder, three weeks.
KCA--Gordon Jones (P), inflamed rotator cuff, five weeks.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at Chicago Cubs
June 25, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
George Gerberman takes the mound for the Cubs.
Vic Power singled to left. <--1>
Lee Maye tripled to left, scoring a run. <3-->
Billy Williams flied out to left. <3-->
Lee Maye tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <--->
Jerry Adair flied out to left. <--->
Clete Boyer popped up behind home plate. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Tony Cloninger takes the mound for the Dusters.
Lou Brock singled through the hole. <--1>
Jimmy Stewart flied out to right. <--1>
Ron Santo singled down the first base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Hank Aaron grounded to second, scoring a run. <--1>
Ernie Banks doubled into the left field corner, scoring a run. <-2->
Sammy Taylor grounded to the pitcher. <-2->
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--->
Mack Jones walked. <--1>
Mack Jones stole second. <-2->
Tony Cloninger grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Dick Bertell singled into the left field corner. <--1>
Jim McKnight grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
George Gerberman walked. <-21>
Lou Brock grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Jimmy Stewart popped up to short. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Vic Power homered over the right field fence. <--->
Lee Maye singled up the middle. <--1>
Billy Williams popped up to short. <--1>
Jerry Adair grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Nevada leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Ron Santo homered over the center field fence. <--->
Hank Aaron homered over the center field fence. <--->
Ernie Banks struck out. <--->
Sammy Taylor flied out to right field. <--->
Dick Bertell flied out to center field. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, Chicago leads 4 to 3.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Clete Boyer grounded to first base. <--->
Johnny Blanchard homered into the right field bleachers. <--->
Tom Tresh walked. <--1>
Mack Jones struck out. <--1>
Tony Cloninger flied out to center field. <--1>
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 4.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Jim McKnight struck out. <--->
George Gerberman struck out. <--->
Lou Brock struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 4.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Vic Power singled down the right field line. <--1>
Lee Maye singled to left, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Billy Williams homered around the foul pole in left for three RBIs. <--->
Jerry Adair doubled to left field. <-2->
Clete Boyer walked. <-21>
Tony Balsamo came in to pitch for the Cubs. <-21>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to first base. <32->
Tom Tresh flied out to right. <32->
Jerry Adair tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <-2->
Mack Jones flied out to center field. <-2->
4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada leads 8 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Jimmy Stewart struck out. <--->
Ron Santo struck out. <--->
Hank Aaron grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Chicago trails 8 to 4.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Tony Cloninger walked. <--1>
Vic Power grounded to short, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Lee Maye struck out. <--1>
Billy Williams popped up to short. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada leads 8 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Ernie Banks grounded to third. <--->
Sammy Taylor popped up to second. <--->
Dick Bertell struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Chicago trails 8 to 4.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Jerry Adair homered into the left field bleachers. <--->
Clete Boyer flied out to center. <--->
Don Prince came in to pitch for the Cubs. <--->
Johnny Blanchard walked. <--1>
Tom Tresh grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Mack Jones grounded to short. <--1>
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Nevada leads 9 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Jim McKnight singled over the third baseman. <--1>
Don Prince lined out to right. <--1>
Lou Brock doubled down the third base line. <32->
Jimmy Stewart flied out to left. <32->
Jim McKnight tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <-2->
Ron Santo popped up to second. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Chicago trails 9 to 5.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Hector Lopez pinch hit for Tony Cloninger. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to third. <--->
Vic Power grounded to second. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 9 to 5.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Pete Richert came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Hank Aaron flied out to center. <--->
Ernie Banks struck out. <--->
Sammy Taylor struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Chicago trails 9 to 5.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Billy Williams popped up foul down the first base line. <--->
Jerry Adair flied out to center field. <--->
Clete Boyer walked. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard popped up to the shortstop. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 9 to 5.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Dick Bertell singled to left. <--1>
Jim McKnight grounded to second for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
George Altman pinch hit for Don Prince. <--->
George Altman struck out. <--->

DUSTERS WIN: 9-5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 2 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 0    9 10  0
          Cubs (CHC) 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0    5  9  0

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  3  0  3  1  1  0  0    .309
L. Maye (RF)          5  3  0  2  0  1  1  0    .319
B. Williams (LF)      4  1  0  1  1  4  0  0    .337
J. Adair (2B)         5  2  0  2  1  1  0  0    .280
C. Boyer (3B)         3  0  2  0  0  0  0  0    .271
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  1  1  1  1  0  0    .236
T. Tresh (SS)         2  0  1  0  0  1  0  0    .244
M. Jones (CF)         3  0  1  0  0  0  1  1    .200
T. Cloninger (P)      2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .120
 H. Lopez (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .316
 P. Richert (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               34 10  6  9  4  9  2  1

   2B:  J. Adair (11)
   3B:  L. Maye (2)
   HR:  J. Blanchard (17), V. Power (7), B. Williams (14), J. Adair (6)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    T. Cloninger  7.0  8  1  2  5  5  7 105   5.38
      P. Richert  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  3  20   2.35
          TOTALS  9.0  9  1  2  5  5 10 125

CHICAGO              ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
L. Brock (CF)         4  2  0  1  0  0  1  0    .269
J. Stewart (LF)       3  0  0  0  0  1  1  0    .000
R. Santo (3B)         4  2  0  1  1  1  1  0    .309
H. Aaron (RF)         4  1  0  2  1  2  0  0    .317
E. Banks (SS)         4  1  0  0  0  1  2  0    .241
S. Taylor (C)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .254
D. Bertell (1B)       4  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .261
J. McKnight (2B)      4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .217
G. Gerberman (P)      1  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .000
 T. Balsamo (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 D. Prince (P)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 G. Altman (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .190
TOTALS               34  9  1  5  2  5 10  0

   2B:  E. Banks (7), L. Brock (15)
   HR:  R. Santo (27), H. Aaron (20)

         CHICAGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    G. Gerberman  4.0  9  3  3  8  8  1  82   8.89
      T. Balsamo  2.1  1  1  1  1  1  1  35   3.54
       D. Prince  2.2  0  2  0  0  0  0  34   1.59
          TOTALS  9.0 10  6  4  9  9  2 151

     WP: T. Cloninger (3-6)
     LP: G. Gerberman (2-5)

     Attendance: 36,755
     Time: 2:57