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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Dodgers
July 12-14, 1962
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The "Cat" Connection
Conn Hudson was troubled by gossip columnists who persistently delighted in chronicling the romantic escapades of his oldest daughter, Catherine, a 20-year-old model who, against her father's wishes, had dated several of the single players. The wild and spirited Cat, according to one gossipmonger, tongue in cheek, was simply trying to "get to know" the franchise that she and her sister Grace might one day inherit. On the front ranks of the Sixties sexual revolution, Cat clearly relished the limelight, in sharp contrast to her younger sibling, who avoided the public eye as much as possible. Hudson admitted that he tried to discourage Cat from fraternizing with the players -- to no avail -- but that he'd decided not to issue a blanket warning to the players to stay away from his daughters. In the months and years to come, the "Cat Connection" would surface in speculation about certain of Hudson's personnel moves.

A graduate of the prestigious Lucie Clayton Modeling School, Cat Hudson had by 1962 already appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine, in print ads for several products and as a catwalk model was much in demand. Her wardrobe of above-the-knee dresses made her a fashion trendsetter. Recently back in the States after two years in London, she had been linked romantically to a prominent (and married) British fashion photographer. It was this that had finally prompted Hudson to insist that she return home. But he would find that keeping his free-spirited daughter out of trouble was impossible.

Cat Hudson

Nevada Dusters (49-35) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (46-38)
July 12-14, 1962
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

DL:  no players

TRADES
none

Los Angeles Dodgers  Game 1 starting lineup:
Maury Wills (SS), Jim Gilliam (2B), Willie Davis (CF), Duke Snider (RF), Wally Moon (LF), Lee Walls (1B), Earl Averill (C), Jim Snyder (2B), Don Drysdale (SP)

[July 12, Game 1]
The Dusters came out of the All-Star break seeking the franchise's 50th win -- and got it at the expense of Don Drysdale and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the same crew they had faced on Opening Day. Duke Snider's 2nd inning solo homer put the Dodgers ahead early but a huge Nevada 3rd in which six runs were scored on six hits (five singles and a two-run triple by Clete Boyer) gave the Dusters a commanding lead and ended Drysdale's day. A two-run blast by Hector Lopez in the 5th made it 8-1. Double plays by the Dusters killed Dodger rallies in the 7th, 8th and 9th. Joe Horlen pitched his third complete game of the season, allowing the one run on seven hits, and got his tenth win to go with five losses. The bad news was that Horlen complained of pain in his foot after the game, and doctors subsequently diagnosed the problem as a foot stress fracture that would put Horlen on the DL for the second time this season. Lopez was 3-for-4 on the day, with two runs scored and two RBIs. Clete Boyer, back from his stint on the DL, went 2-for-4.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Adair, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Horlen
Record: 50-35
Dusters 8, Dodgers 1
[July 13, Game 2]
Game 2 turned out to be a battle royale between the lefty starters -- Nevada's Dave McNally and Dodger Sandy Koufax. McNally allowed no runs on three hits and walked two in his seven innings on the hill, while Koufax lasted eight innings, allowing four hits and striking out ten. The Dodgers managed to put a man in scoring position twice in the regulation nine, the Dusters only once. Reliever Pete Richert worked three scoreless innings -- the 8th, 9th and 10th -- during which only Maury Wills reached base. The Dusters put a man on second in the 10th and 11th, but came away empty both times. Finally, with Bill Dailey on the mound, Dodger center fielder Willie Davis hit a walk-off homer over the right field fence to give his team the win. Vic Power and Hector Lopez were 2-for-5 on the day, Richert improved his ERA to 1.96, and Dailey suffered the loss, while Dodger closer Ron Perranoski got the win, his record improving to 6-1 on the year.
Lineup: Power, Morton, Williams, Lopez, Adair, Blanchard, Boyer, Schaive, McNally
Record: 50-36
Dodgers 1, Dusters 0
[July 14, Game 3]
The third game of the series resembled yesterday's contest, at least in the early going, with Steve Barber squaring off against LA's Stan Williams for five scoreless innings. In the top of the 5th the Dusters put two on with one out but couldn't capitalize. Vic Power made it 1-0 with his lead-off homer in the 6th. That seemed to wake up the Dodger bats. Willie Davis and Frank Howard hit RBI singles in the home 6th and Duke Snider got his own in the 7th to put Los Angeles on top 3-1. In the home 8th relievers Pete Richert allowed a pair of hits and his replacement, Jim Brewer served up an RBI single to Lee Walls and a three-run homer to Earl Averill. For their part the Dusters could accomplish another against bullpen artists Larry Sherry and Joe Moeller, losing the game 7-1, and the series. Walls went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI.; Nevada's Clete Boyer was 2-for-2 with a walk. The win put Williams at 7-7 for the season, while Barber (7.0 ip, 5h, 2bb, 3r, 3er, 3k, 4.88era) had a 3-7 record at the end of the day.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Adair, Blanchard, Boyer, Tresh, Barber
Record: 50-37
Dodgers 7, Dusters 1

Willie Davis (LAD)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,432 ..... Revenue: $21.3M ..... Profit: $5.7M ..... Cash: $10.3M ..... Team Payroll: $20.5M

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

Around the leagues:
CHC--Jack Curtis (P), finger stress fracture, two weeks.
CHW--J.C. Martin (1B), sprained finger, two weeks.
CLE--Don Dillard (CF) broken tibia, three months.
DET--Bill Bruton (CF), spiked achilles tendon, two weeks.
NYY--Bob Turley (P), spiked achilles tendon, three weeks.
DET--Lou Klimchock (1B), sprained ankle, two weeks.
DET--Paul Foytack (P), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.
KCA--Art Ditmar (P), torn rotator cuff, fifteen months.
PHI--Tony Taylor (2B), sprained lower back, two months.
CHC--Byron Browne (LF), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.
SFG--Chuck Hiller (2B), dislocated shoulder, three weeks.
STL--Jim Beauchamp (1B), severe shoulder separation, six weeks.
LAA--Wally Wolf (P), severe elbow tendonitis, five months.
HOU--Dick Drott (P), torn hamstring, three weeks.
CHW--Deacon Jones (1B), ruptured knee ligaments, five weeks.
LAA--Billy Moran (2B), chipped knee cap, two weeks.
STL--Bill White (1B), broken elbow, two months.
MIN--Ron Clark (3B), sprained finger, two weeks.


BOS released Jim Lemon (LF).
HOU released Billy Goodman (3B).

BOS signed free agent Harry Bright (1B) for $820,000/1 yr.

KCA traded Danny McDevitt (P) to CHC for Don Prince (P).
DET traded Hank Aguirre (P) to LAD for Tommy Davis (LF).

SFG--Willie Mays (CF) gets his 1,000th RBI (July 14).

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at Los Angeles Dodgers
July 13, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Sandy Koufax takes the mound for the Dodgers.
Vic Power struck out. <--->
Bubba Morton struck out. <--->
Billy Williams flied out to center. <--->
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
Dave McNally takes the mound for the Dusters.
Maury Wills struck out. <--->
Jim Gilliam grounded to second. <--->
Willie Davis hit an infield single back to the pitcher. <--1>
Frank Howard reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <-21>
Tommy Davis grounded to first. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Hector Lopez singled to center. <--1>
Jerry Adair grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
Johnny Blanchard singled to left field. <--1>
Clete Boyer struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Lee Walls grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Earl Averill struck out. <--->
Jim Snyder walked. <--1>
Jim Snyder stole second. <-2->
Sandy Koufax grounded to third. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Johnny Schaive grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Dave McNally struck out. <--->
Vic Power doubled over the left fielder. <-2->
Bubba Morton struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Maury Wills grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Jim Gilliam flied out to right. <--->
Willie Davis grounded to the shortstop. <--->
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
Billy Williams grounded to first. <--->
Hector Lopez struck out. <--->
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
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
Frank Howard grounded to second. <--->
Tommy Davis singled to right. <--1>
Tommy Davis went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Lee Walls popped up to short. <-2->
Earl Averill struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to the third baseman. <--->
Johnny Schaive struck out. <--->
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
Jim Snyder grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Sandy Koufax walked. <--1>
Maury Wills grounded to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Jim Gilliam lined out to right. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Dave McNally struck out. <--->
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
Bubba Morton singled up the middle. <--1>
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Willie Davis grounded to second. <--->
Frank Howard struck out. <--->
Tommy Davis singled to right. <--1>
Tommy Davis was caught stealing second. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Hector Lopez grounded to second. <--->
Jerry Adair lined out to right. <--->
Johnny Blanchard popped up to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Lee Walls grounded to third. <--->
Earl Averill grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Jim Snyder popped up to the second 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
Clete Boyer reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <--1>
Johnny Schaive laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Mack Jones pinch hit for Dave McNally. <-2->
Mack Jones popped up to the shortstop. <-2->
Vic Power popped up to short. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Pete Richert came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Wally Moon pinch hit for Sandy Koufax. <--->
Wally Moon grounded to third. <--->
Maury Wills singled to left field. <--1>
Maury Wills was caught stealing second. <--->
Jim Gilliam grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Larry Sherry came in to pitch for the Dodgers. <--->
Bubba Morton lined out to third. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Willie Davis flied out to left field. <--->
Frank Howard struck out. <--->
Tommy Davis grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard walked. <--1>
Clete Boyer laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. <-2->
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Johnny Schaive. <-2->
Gordy Coleman grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Tom Tresh came in to play Shortstop. <--->
Lee Walls grounded to first. <--->
Earl Averill struck out. <--->
Duke Snider pinch hit for Jim Snyder. <--->
Duke Snider struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
Lee Maye pinch hit for Pete Richert. <--->
Daryl Spencer came in to play Second Base. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to short. <--->
Vic Power singled to center. <--1>
Bubba Morton laid down a sacrifice bunt to first. <-2->
Billy Williams struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eleventh, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Ron Fairly pinch hit for Larry Sherry. <--->
Ron Fairly grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Maury Wills struck out. <--->
Jim Gilliam flied out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eleventh, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE TWELFTH
Ron Perranoski came in to pitch for the Dodgers. <--->
Hector Lopez singled up the middle. <--1>
Jerry Adair grounded to first base, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard grounded back to the pitcher, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Clete Boyer singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the twelfth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH
Willie Davis homered over the right field fence. <--->

DODGERS WIN: 1-0
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0  7  1
       Dodgers (LAD) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1  1  5  1

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .309
B. Morton (RF)        4  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .250
B. Williams (LF)      5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .325
H. Lopez (CF)         5  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .330
J. Adair (2B)         5  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .286
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .243
C. Boyer (3B)         4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .274
J. Schaive (SS)       2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .255
 G. Coleman (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .306
 T. Tresh (SS)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .231
D. McNally (P)        2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .257
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
 P. Richert (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 L. Maye (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .305
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               40  7  1  0  0  0 12  0

   2B:  V. Power (12)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      D. McNally  7.0  3  2  0  0  0  4  80   2.34
      P. Richert  3.0  1  0  0  0  0  3  38   1.96
       B. Dailey  1.0  1  0  1  1  1  1  16   2.77
          TOTALS 11.0  5  2  1  1  1  8 134

LOS ANGELES          ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
M. Wills (SS)         5  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .300
J. Gilliam (3B)       5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .193
W. Davis (CF)         5  2  0  1  1  1  0  0    .286
F. Howard (RF)        4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .282
T. Davis (LF)         4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .345
L. Walls (1B)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .229
E. Averill (C)        4  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    .200
J. Snyder (2B)        2  0  1  0  0  0  0  1    .209
 D. Snider (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .275
 D. Spencer (2B)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .273
S. Koufax (P)         1  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 W. Moon (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .266
 L. Sherry (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 R. Fairly (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .245
 R. Perranoski (P)    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               37  5  2  1  1  1  8  1

   2B:  T. Davis (7)
   HR:  W. Davis (6)

     LOS ANGELES   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
       S. Koufax  8.0  4  0  0  0  0 10  94   2.62
       L. Sherry  3.0  1  1  0  0  0  2  46   4.23
   R. Perranoski  1.0  2  0  0  0  0  0  16   2.03
          TOTALS 12.0  7  1  0  0  0 12 156

     WP: R. Perranoski (6-1)
     LP: B. Dailey (2-4)

     Attendance: 54,506
     Time: 3:09