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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Giants
July 21-23, 1962
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What Really Happened in 1962
7.1--The White Sox set an ML record with three run-scoring sac flies in a single inning in a 7-6 win over the Indians.
7.2--Johnny Podres of the Dodgers ties a modern NL record with eight consecutive strikeouts.
7.3--Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle both hits two homers in a 8-7 Yankees win over the A's.
7.6--Once again Maris and Mantle both hit two home runs in 7-5 Yankees win over the Twins. They hit back-to-back bombs in the 1st, the third time they've done this in four games.
7.8--Sweeping the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees move into 1st place in the AL. They will remain there the rest of the season.
7.8--The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 2-0 and move into first place in the NL, where they will remain until the last day of the season.
7.8--Stan Musial (STL) becomes the oldest player to hit three homers in a game, and ties the ML record with four homers in four consecutive at-bats, having hit one out of the park in his final at-bat the day before.
7.8--Cincinnati sets an NL record by using nine pitchers in a game -- in this case a 13-inning contest with the Houston Colt .45's.
7.9--Major League players request a reduced schedule for 1963 and vote to continue playing two All-Star games a year.
7.11--Brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron homer in the same inning as the Braves beat the Cards 8-6. The Waner brothers accomplished this feat back in 1938.
7.13--Orioles catcher Charlie Lau hits four doubles in a game, tying a ML record.
7.17--Dodger lefty Sandy Koufax leaves a game in the 1st inning and will not play again until late September due to a circulatory problem in his hand.
7.18--The Minnesota Twins become the first club in the 20th century to have two grand slams in the same inning. Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison do the slugging.
7.22--Floyd Robinson goes 6-for-6 in a game his White Sox win over Boston 7-3. All six hits are singles.
7.23--Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie, Jackie Robinson and Edd Roush are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
7.25--Stan Musial of the Cardinals becomes the NL's all-time RBI leader with 1,862.
7.26--Braves pitcher Warren Spahn hits his 31st career homer, a new NL record for pitchers.
7.26--Red Sox pitcher Gene Conley disappears after a game. He shows up at an airport wanting to fly to Israel, but lacks a visa. He returns to the club on the 29th and is fined $2,000.
7.30--The AL defeats the NL 9-4 in the second All-Star Game of 1962. Rocky Colavito, Pete Runnels and Leon Wagner hit home runs for the American League.
7.31--The NL rejects a proposal by Commissioner Ford Frick for interleague play in 1963.

Maris and Mantle

Nevada Dusters (53-40) @ San Francisco Giants (58-35)
July 21-23, 1962
Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

DL: Joe Horlen (P), foot stress fracture, nine days.

TRADES
none

San Francisco Giants  Game 1 starting lineup:
Elio Chacon (2B), Harvey Kuenn (LF), Orlando Cepeda (1B), Willie Mays (CF), Felipe Alou (RF), Ed Bailey (C), Jim Davenport (3B), Jose Pagan (SS), Juan Marichal (SP)

[July 21, Game 1]
As the Dusters headed back to the West Coast and windy Candlestick Park, Ben Naylor tried to impress upon his players the importance of the series with the Giants. In second place in the NL, San Francisco was already ahead of Nevada by five games, and if they widened that lead it would become exponentially more difficult to play catch up. The Dusters needed a big game from their starter, Dave McNally (6-4), whose mound opponent was the 14-2 Juan Marichal. McNally delivered his best performance thus far in 1962. He blanked the Giants through nine, and had a two-hitter going until the last inning. In the Nevada 3rd, Vic Power singled, stole second, and scored on a Billy Williams double. The score remained 1-0 until the Duster 8th, when Power singled and scored, this time on a triple off Williams' bat. Blanchard knocked in Williams with a single, then Clete Boyer and Jerry Adair singled to add another run, and Billy O'Dell replaced Marichal. In the 9th McNally doubled off reliever Bobby Bolin and Power knocked him in with a two-bagger of his own to make it 5-0, the final score. The Giants got two hits and two men on in the bottom of the 9th, but a twin killing ended the rally. Power was 2-for-5 with a run and a ribbie, Williams 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and McNally, who allowed just four hits, improved his record to 7-4.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Adair, Tresh, McNally
Record: 54-40
Dusters 5, Giants 0
[July 22, Game 2]
Gordy Coleman started at first and led off while Johnny Schaive started at shortstop for the second game of the series, pitting Steve Barber (4-7) against Gaylord Perry (9-7) in what turned out to be a pitchers' duel as the two hurlers kept the contest scoreless through six innings. Jerry Adair's solo homer in the 7th put Nevada on top, but in the home 8th the wheels came off for Barber. Jose Pagan hit a two-out single and stole second. Barber walked Willie McCovey and Elio Chacon hit an RBI single before Harbey Kuenn's double scored two more runs and made it 3-1 Giants. The Dusters had men on second and third with two outs in the top of the 9th but pinch hitter Mack Jones struck out to end the game. Barber (8.0ip, 4h, 3bb, 3r, 3er, 3k, 4.52era) took the loss. The Dusters managed just four hits against Perry and reliever Bobby Bolin.
Lineup: Coleman, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Adair, Schaive, Barber
Record: 54-41
Giants 3, Dusters 1
[July 23, Game 3]
Solo homers by Vic Power (11) and Billy Williams (17) gave the Dusters a 2-0 lead in the 1st for Tony Cloninger (3-7), who held the Giants hitless through the first three frames. In the top of the 4th Williams doubled and Johnny Blanchard homered -- his 22nd of the year -- to increase the Nevada lead by two. Cloninger hit Elio Chacon with a pitch and Willie McCovey cranked one to deep center to cut the Duster lead in half. Lee Maye opened the Nevada 6th with a double, then scored on a Hector Lopez two-bagger; Blanchard knocked Lopez in and it was 6-2 Nevada. Cloninger issued a single and a walk to open the home 7th so Ben Naylor saw fit to bring in Pete Richert, who struck out Felipe Alou and Ed Bailey to end the threat. The Giants opened the 9th with a pair of singles but Bill Dailey retired the next three batters for his 10th save. Cloninger (6.0ip, 2h, 2bb, 2r, 2er, 3k, 4.55era) got the win while San Francisco's Mike McCormick fell to 4-4. Maye, Williams and Blanchard all went 2-for-4, with the latter collecting three RBIs. Beating the Giants two-games-to-one was a big boost for the club as they gained a little ground on San Francisco and climbed to 2.5 games in front of the fourth-place Dodgers, who had lost two in a row. The Dusters went home with three days off before a six-series home stand in which they faced the Pirates, the Reds and the Colt .45's twice.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Adair, Tresh, Cloninger
Record: 55-41
Dusters 6, Giants 2

Johnny Blanchard (NEV)


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,432 ..... Revenue: $23.7M ..... Profit: $6.4M ..... Cash: $11.0M ..... Team Payroll: $20.5M

Series stats:
2Bs: Power, Williams (2), McNally, Coleman, Maye, Lopez
3Bs: Williams
HRs: Adair, Blanchard, Power, Williams
SBs: Power, Maye, Lopez, Schaive
Runs: Power (2), Maye (2), Williams (3), Blanchard (2), McNally, Lopez, Adair
RBIs: Power (2), Williams (3), Blanchard (4), Adair (2), Lopez

Around the leagues:
BOS signed free agent Jim Lemon (LF) for $1,900,000/1 yr.
BAL signed free agent Billy Goodman (3B) for $2,350,000/1 yr.

NYY--Mickey Mantle hit his 400th home run (July 21).
STL--Stan Musial got his 3,500th hit (July 22).

BAL traded Gene Brabender (P), Whitey Herzog (RF), Marv Breeding (2B), Jim Gentile (1B) to STL for Paul Gane (P) and Lindy McDaniel (P).

BOS--Billy Macleod (P), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.
STL--Harry Fanok (P), foot stress fracture, two weeks.

CHW released Dom Zanni (P).

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at San Francisco Giants
July 21, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Juan Marichal takes the mound for the Giants.
Vic Power singled up the middle. <--1>
Lee Maye struck out. <--1>
Vic Power stole second. <-2->
Billy Williams walked. <-21>
Hector Lopez grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 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.
Elio Chacon flied out to right field. <--->
Harvey Kuenn flied out to left. <--->
Orlando Cepeda dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
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
Johnny Blanchard walked. <--1>
Clete Boyer lined out to the third baseman. <--1>
Jerry Adair walked. <-21>
Tom Tresh grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Willie Mays grounded to short. <--->
Felipe Alou grounded to third. <--->
Ed Bailey walked. <--1>
Jim Davenport lined out to right. <--1>
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
Dave McNally struck out. <--->
Vic Power flied out to right. <--->
Lee Maye singled in the left field gap. <--1>
Lee Maye stole second. <-2->
Billy Williams doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
Hector Lopez struck out. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Jose Pagan singled to left field. <--1>
Juan Marichal laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
Elio Chacon lined out to right. <-2->
Harvey Kuenn flied out to center. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to first. <--->
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Orlando Cepeda flied out to center. <--->
Willie Mays walked. <--1>
Felipe Alou grounded to second. <-2->
Ed Bailey popped up to short. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--->
Dave McNally grounded to first. <--->
Vic Power lined out to center. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Jim Davenport popped up behind home plate. <--->
Jose Pagan walked. <--1>
Juan Marichal laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Elio Chacon struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Lee Maye flied out to left. <--->
Billy Williams popped up to short. <--->
Hector Lopez walked. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to first base. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Harvey Kuenn grounded to second. <--->
Orlando Cepeda singled down the third base line. <--1>
Willie Mays flied out to center field. <--1>
Felipe Alou lined out to right. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Clete Boyer popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
Jerry Adair walked. <--1>
Tom Tresh flied out to center. <--1>
Dave McNally struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Ed Bailey grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Jim Davenport grounded to first. <--->
Jose Pagan struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, San Francisco trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Vic Power singled to right. <--1>
Lee Maye laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Billy Williams tripled in the right field gap, scoring a run. <3-->
Hector Lopez struck out. <3-->
Johnny Blanchard singled through the right side, scoring a run. <--1>
Clete Boyer singled up the middle. <-21>
Jerry Adair singled to center field, scoring a run. <3-1>
Billy O'Dell came in to pitch for the Giants. <3-1>
Tom Tresh flied out to right. <3-1>
3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 4 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Willie McCovey pinch hit for Billy O'Dell. <--->
Willie McCovey grounded to short. <--->
Elio Chacon struck out. <--->
Harvey Kuenn grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, San Francisco trails 4 to 0.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Bobby Bolin came in to pitch for the Giants. <--->
Dave McNally doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Vic Power doubled over the left fielder, scoring a run. <-2->
Lee Maye flied out to left. <-2->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <-2->
Hector Lopez singled to center. <3-1>
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <3-1>
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Orlando Cepeda doubled down the first base line. <-2->
Willie Mays struck out. <-2->
Felipe Alou singled to right. <3-1>
Ed Bailey grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <3-->

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

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  3  0  1  0  1  0  1    .315
L. Maye (CF)          4  1  0  1  0  0  1  1    .298
B. Williams (LF)      4  2  1  1  0  2  0  0    .322
H. Lopez (RF)         4  1  1  0  0  0  2  0    .325
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  1  1  0  1  2  0    .232
C. Boyer (3B)         4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .272
J. Adair (2B)         2  1  2  0  0  1  1  0    .272
T. Tresh (SS)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .223
D. McNally (P)        4  1  0  1  0  0  2  0    .244
TOTALS               35 11  5  5  0  5  8  2

   2B:  V. Power (15), B. Williams (23), D. McNally (1)
   3B:  B. Williams (6)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      D. McNally  9.0  4  3  0  0  0  4  99   2.43
          TOTALS  9.0  4  3  0  0  0  4  99

SAN FRANCISCO        ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
E. Chacon (2B)        4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .158
H. Kuenn (LF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .276
O. Cepeda (1B)        4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .322
W. Mays (CF)          3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .312
F. Alou (RF)          4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .298
E. Bailey (C)         3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .253
J. Davenport (3B)     3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .266
J. Pagan (SS)         2  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .293
J. Marichal (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
 B. O'Dell (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 W. McCovey (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .284
 B. Bolin (P)         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               28  4  3  0  0  0  4  0

   2B:  O. Cepeda (13)

   SAN FRANCISCO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
     J. Marichal  7.2  8  5  0  4  4  7 117   2.70
       B. O'Dell  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  0   3   3.03
        B. Bolin  1.0  3  0  0  1  1  1  21   2.48
          TOTALS  9.0 11  5  0  5  5  8 141

     WP: D. McNally (7-4)
     LP: J. Marichal (14-3)

     Attendance: 42,553
     Time: 2:43