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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Cardinals
June 27-29, 1962
What Really Happened in 1962
6.2--Philadelphia starter Dennis Bennett gets his first ML win in 17-0 Philly victory that stops the 13-game win streak of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
6.6--The New York Mets lose their 16th and 17th consecutive games in doubleheader defeats at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.
6.7--Billy Pierce loses his first game of the year when the Cubs beat his first-place San Francisco Giants, 4-3.
6.12--Hank Aaron and brother Tommie hit homers in the same game for the first time as the Braves defeat the Dodgers by a score of 15-2. They'll accomplish this feat twice more before the season is over.
6.13--Sandy Koufax hits his first ML homer, a game-winner off Warren Spahn in a 2-1 Dodger victory over the Braves. Koufax will hit just one more downtowner in his career.
6.4--Baltimore catcher ties an AL record for most passed balls in an inning with three in a game against Boston that the Orioles win, 7-4. Hoyt Wilhelm was the pitcher. The ML record for the 20th century is four passed balls in an inning by Ray Katt of the Giants. Wilhelm was pitching in that instance, too.
6.16--After a month on the DL, Mickey Mantle hits a three-run pinch-hit homer but the Yankees still lose to Cleveland by a score of 10-9.
6.17--Chicago's Lou Brock becomes only the second player ever to hit a homer into the right-centerfield bleachers at the Polo Grounds. The first was Joe Adcock.
6.17--Marv Throneberry of the New York Mets hits what should have been a triple -- except that he missed not only first but second base and is called out on appeal.
6.18--Milwaukee's Hank Aaron hits a homer into the right-centerfield bleachers at the Polo Grounds, becoming the third player ever to hit a long ball there. (See 6.17.)
6.20--Mets pitcher Willard Hunter throws a two-hitter against the Braves, but both hits are Hank Aaron home runs, and New York loses.
6.22--Stan Musial becomes all-time total-bases leader with 5,864.
6.23--Larry Doby signs on with the Chunichi Dragons. He and Don Newcombe are the first ML players to play for a Japanese team.
6.24--Jack Reed hits his one and only ML homer to win a 22-inning game between his Yankees and the Detroit Tigers. At seven hours the game is the longest in league history, and the longest (in innings) in Yankees history.
6.26--Boston hurler Earl Wilson not only pitches a no-hitter for his first ML shutout but also hits his first homer off loser Bo Belinsky of the Los Angeles Angels.
6.28--Dodger pitcher Larry Sherry and brother Norm Sherry become the first brother battery since the Baileys (Cincinnati) in 1959.
6.30--Sandy Koufax becomes the first pitcher since Dazzy Vance in 1924 to strike out the side on nine pitches -- in the 1st inning of a 5-0 Dodger victory over the Mets.

Sandy Koufax

Nevada Dusters (46-32) @ St. Louis Cardinals (34-44)
June 27-29, 1962
Sportsmans Park, St. Louis, MO

DL: Gordy Coleman (1B), bruised knee, two days.

TRADES
none

St. Louis Cardinals  Game 1 starting lineup:
Julian Javier (2B), Mike Shannon (3B), Bill White (1B), Stan Musial (LF), Curt Flood (CF), Charlie James (RF), Jimmie Schaffer (C), Dal Maxvill (SS), Bob Gibson (SP)

[June 27, Game 1]
Game 1 matched Nevada starter Dave McNally (6-2) against Cardinals ace Bob Gibson (9-3), and after an easy first inning McNally began getting into trouble. The Redbirds put two on in the 2nd and again in the 3rd, but McNally held them scoreless until the 5th, when three singles added up to a 1-0 St. Louis lead. The Cards scored two more in the 6th before the Dusters managed to get on the board, as Jerry Adair doubled in the 7th prior to Johnny Blanchard's homer (his nineteenth of the year) into deep center field to make it 3-2. Nevada reliever Bob Duliba pitched scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th, but Gibson allowed just one more hit -- an Adair single in the 8th -- and held on to win. McNally (6.0ip, 10h, 1bb, 3r, 3er, 4k) took the loss.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Adair, Boyer, Blanchard, Schaive, McNally
Record: 46-33
Cardinals 3, Dusters 2
[June 28, Game 2]
The Dusters turned the tables on St. Louis in the middle game behind excellent pitching by Bob Shaw, who had improved his record from 2-2 in April to 11-2. His mound opponent was former Milwaukee Brave Bob Buhl (3-9), who had been struggling of late. Buhl allowed just six hits in seven innings of work. Unlike yesterday, however, the Dusters made those hits count. A Lee Maye single prefaced a two-run dinger to right by Hector Lopez in the 4th, giving Nevada a 2-0 advantage, and then three singles in the 6th produced another run. The Cardinals rallied in the home 7th, as singles by Curt Flood, Charlie James and Dal Maxvill loaded the bases. A Wally Post grounder scored one and a Julian Javier RBI single into right field cut the Dusters lead to 3-2. Shaw walked the next batter to load the bases again, but Bill White's fly ball to left ended the inning. In the 8th Flood reached on an error by third baseman Clete Boyer, and moved to second on a wild pitch by Shaw, only to be stranded. In the bottom of the 9th the Redbirds juiced the bases with two outs against reliever Bill Dailey, but Stan Musial flied out to end the game. Shaw got his twelfth win of the season, Dailey his eighth save. Lopez was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Adair, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Shaw
Record: 47-33
Dusters 3, Cardinals 2
[June 29, Game 3]
Nevada starter Tony Cloninger (3-6) had notched a win in his last outing despite giving up five runs in seven innings, and Ben Naylor hoped the young hurler was on the verge of turning things around. Indeed, Cloninger pitched one of his best games -- two runs (one of them earned) on four hits through eight. His mound opponent, Curt Simmons, allowed three runs on ten hits and was gone after five innings with the Dusters ahead 3-0. The Cardinals got one of those runs back in the bottom of the 5th and another in the 6th with help from Cloninger, who walked a batter and committed a fielding error. With closer Bill Dailey on the mound trying to protect a 3-2 Nevada lead, Charlie James homered over the field fence to tie the game. Dailey walked Stan Musial in the 10th; Musial reached second on a Curt Flood grounder and scored on a single by Carl Sawatski. The Dusters had lost the game and the series. Conn Hudson looked on the bright side, saying he was encouraged by Cloninger's performance. And he defended Dailey. "Sometimes, in close games, the other guys are going to come from behind and get the win. That's just the nature of this game. More often than not, though, Bill will get the save." Bubba Morton, starting in right field to give Hector Lopez a day off, was 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI.
Lineup: Power, Morton, Williams, Adair, Boyer, Schaive, Tresh, Camilli, Cloninger
Record: 47-34
Cardinals 4, Dusters 3

Jerry Adair (NEV)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,480 ..... Revenue: $19.6M ..... Profit: $5.0M ..... Cash: $9.6M ..... Team Payroll: $20.5M

Series stats:
2Bs: Adair, Maye
3Bs: Williams, Power
HRs: Blanchard, Lopez
SBs: none
Runs: Adair, Blanchard, Maye (2), Lopez, Power, Morton, Williams
RBIs: Blanchard (2), Lopez (2), Adair, Morton, Schaive

Around the leagues:
BOS signed free agent Jim Lemon (LF) for $2,100,000/i yr.

MIN--Earl Battey (C), broken finger, four weeks.
BOS--Bill Monbouquette (P), strained knee, two weeks.
HOU--Merritt Ranew (C), dislocated hip, five weeks.
PIT--Howie Goss (CF), pulled groin, two weeks.
LAA--Freddie Velazquez (C), shoulder separation, five weeks.
NYY--Bobby Mitchell (LF), broken hip, three months.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at St. Louis Cardinals
June 29, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Curt Simmons takes the mound for the Cardinals.
Vic Power doubled down the left field line. <-2->
Vic Power went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
Bubba Morton singled through the right side, scoring a run. <--1>
Billy Williams singled to center. <-21>
Jerry Adair singled through the right side. <321>
Bubba Morton went for an extra base and reached home, scoring a run. <-21>
Clete Boyer singled to right. <321>
Johnny Schaive grounded to first, scoring a run. <-21>
Tom Tresh popped up to second. <-21>
Doug Camilli grounded to second. <-21>
3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the first, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Tony Cloninger takes the mound for the Dusters.
Julian Javier grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Mike Shannon lined out to short. <--->
Bill White grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the first, St. Louis trails 3 to 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Tony Cloninger singled to left. <--1>
Vic Power flied out to center. <--1>
Bubba Morton singled in the left field gap, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Billy Williams flied out to center. <3-1>
Jerry Adair grounded to short. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the second, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Stan Musial walked. <--1>
Curt Flood grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <--->
Carl Sawatski popped up to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, St. Louis trails 3 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Clete Boyer singled in the right field gap. <--1>
Johnny Schaive grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Charlie James grounded to second. <--->
Dal Maxvill popped up to the shortstop. <--->
Curt Simmons popped up to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, St. Louis trails 3 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Doug Camilli walked. <--1>
Tony Cloninger laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. <-2->
Vic Power singled up the middle. <3-1>
Bubba Morton grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <3-->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Julian Javier flied out to left field. <--->
Mike Shannon grounded to third. <--->
Bill White walked. <--1>
Bill White was picked off first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, St. Louis trails 3 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to the third baseman. <--->
Clete Boyer walked. <--1>
Johnny Schaive singled through the right side. <-21>
Tom Tresh popped up to second. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Stan Musial singled to center. <--1>
Curt Flood struck out. <--1>
Carl Sawatski walked. <-21>
Charlie James grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Dal Maxvill reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman - a run scored. <-21>
Wally Post pinch hit for Curt Simmons. <-21>
Wally Post grounded to first. <-21>
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, St. Louis trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Ed Bauta came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Doug Camilli lined out to center. <--->
Tony Cloninger struck out. <--->
Vic Power grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Julian Javier reached first on a fielding error by the pitcher. <--1>
Mike Shannon grounded to short. <-2->
Bill White flied out to center. <-2->
Stan Musial walked. <-21>
Curt Flood singled to right field, scoring a run. <-21>
Carl Sawatski popped up to the shortstop. <-21>
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, St. Louis trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Bubba Morton grounded to second. <--->
Billy Williams flied out to center. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Nevada leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Lee Maye came in to play Right Field. <--->
Charlie James grounded to third. <--->
Dal Maxvill singled down the third base line. <--1>
Ed Bauta grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Julian Javier singled into right field. <-21>
Mike Shannon reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <321>
Bill White popped up to second. <321>
0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 3 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, St. Louis trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Clete Boyer struck out. <--->
Johnny Schaive walked. <--1>
Tom Tresh struck out. <--1>
Doug Camilli grounded to first. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Stan Musial flied out to right. <--->
Curt Flood popped up in front of home plate. <--->
Carl Sawatski grounded to the second baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, St. Louis trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Mack Jones pinch hit for Tony Cloninger. <--->
Ray Sadecki came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Mack Jones grounded to short. <--->
Vic Power popped up to second. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 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. <--->
Charlie James homered over the left field fence. <--->
Dal Maxvill lined out to left field. <--->
Minnie Minoso pinch hit for Ray Sadecki. <--->
Minnie Minoso grounded to third. <--->
Julian Javier hit an infield single to the shortstop. <--1>
Mike Shannon grounded to second. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 3.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Lindy McDaniel came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to short. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 3.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Bill White grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Stan Musial walked. <--1>
Curt Flood grounded to third. <-2->
Carl Sawatski singled to center field, scoring a run. <--1>

CARDINALS WIN: 4-3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  3 10  3
     Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1  4  7  0

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .313
B. Morton (RF)        4  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .333
 L. Maye (RF)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .308
B. Williams (LF)      5  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .333
J. Adair (2B)         5  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .280
C. Boyer (3B)         4  2  1  0  0  0  1  0    .271
J. Schaive (SS)       3  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .259
T. Tresh (CF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .236
D. Camilli (C)        3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .179
T. Cloninger (P)      2  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .148
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .212
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               37 10  3  3  0  2  3  0

   3B:  V. Power (3)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    T. Cloninger  8.0  4  4  0  2  1  1 125   5.01
       B. Dailey  1.2  3  1  1  2  2  0  31   2.75
          TOTALS  9.2  7  5  1  4  3  1 156

ST. LOUIS            ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
J. Javier (2B)        5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .262
M. Shannon (3B)       5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .256
B. White (1B)         4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .262
S. Musial (LF)        2  1  3  2  0  0  0  0    .299
C. Flood (CF)         5  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .301
C. Sawatski (C)       4  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .216
C. James (RF)         4  1  0  1  1  1  0  0    .260
D. Maxvill (SS)       4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .145
C. Simmons (P)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .172
 W. Post (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .277
 E. Bauta (P)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 R. Sadecki (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .200
 M. Minoso (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .304
 L. McDaniel (P)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               37  7  5  4  1  3  1  0

   HR:  C. James (5)

       ST. LOUIS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      C. Simmons  5.0 10  2  0  3  3  0  81   5.69
        E. Bauta  3.0  0  1  0  0  0  3  35   4.76
      R. Sadecki  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0   7   2.61
     L. McDaniel  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0   8   1.90
          TOTALS 10.0 10  3  0  3  3  3 131

     WP: L. McDaniel (5-2)
     LP: B. Dailey (2-3)

     Attendance: 30,500
     Time: 3:00