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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Pirates @ Dusters
July 27-29, 1962
The Standings (as of 7.26)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PIT   59-34   .274  3.06
SFG   59-37   .257  3.07
NEV   55-41   .264  3.50
LAD   51-42   .253  3.80
CIN   49-44   .253  3.43
CHC   45-51   .248  4.24
STL   43-50   .253  4.01
NYM   41-52   .247  4.48
PHI   35-58   .240  4.15
HOU   34-62   .243  4.37
AMERICAN LEAGUE
BAL   59-40  .259  2.91
MIN   57-39   .252  4.02
NYY   51-39   .270  3.45
DET   48-45   .272  3.77
CHW   46-50   .246  3.84
CLE   44-49   .240  3.70
WSA   45-51   .240  3.83
KCA   43-50   .243  3.82
BOS   44-52   .258  3.74
LAA   37-59   .240  4.38

1962 was the last year the Orioles used the "Leadoff Bird" logo on team caps

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Nevada Dusters (55-41)
July 27-29, 1962
Horizon Field, Las Vegas, NV

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

TRADES
NEV traded Dan Schneider (P-Montana Wolves) to CHC for Barney Schultz (P).
PHI offered John Herrnstein (1B/LF) for Jim Umbricht (P). DECLINED.

MOVES
Jim Brewer (P) sent down to AAA Bakersfield.

Pittsburgh Pirates Game 1 starting lineup:
Bob Skinner (LF), Larry Elliot (CF), Roberto Clemente (RF), Dick Stuart (1B), Dick Groat (3B), Bill Mazeroski (2B), Johnny Logan (SS), Bob Friend (SP)

[July 27, Game 1]
The Dusters launched an 18-game homestand with a series against the NL-leading Pittsburgh Pirates, with ace Bob Shaw (14-2) pitted against Bob Friend (8-7) and a record crowd of nearly 17,500 in attendance. Trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the 4th, Hector Lopez doubled (his first of three on the day) and then scored on a two-bagger off the bat of Clete Boyer. The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the 9th, which Mack Jones (playing center field in place of Lee Maye) opened with a walk. Lopez hit his second double of the game and, with men on second and third, Johnny Blanchard grounded to third and Jones was thrown out at home. But Boyer singled to right, knocking in Lopez and tying the game. The Pirates juiced the bases in the 12th with Bob Dailey on the mound, but came away empty. In the next frame, with men on first and third and one out, the Pirates executed a squeeze play that scored Dick Stuart from third and won the game. Bob Duliba (4-4) took the loss. Shaw allowed two runs on six hits in his eight innings. Both Lopez and Boyer were 3-for-5 on the day; the rest of the team managed just two hits.
Lineup: Power, Jones, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Adair, Schaive, Shaw
Record: 55-42
Pirates 3, Dusters 2
[July 28, Game 2]
The Dusters struck first in the second game as Vic Power walked and later scored on a Hector Lopez single in the 1st. Starter Dave McNally (7-4) held the Bucs scoreless until the 5th, which Howie Goss opened with a triple; Pittsburgh starter Joe Gibbon laid down a bunt that scored Goss from third. In the bottom of the inning the Dusters had men on second and third with only one out and got a run to regain the lead. In the Pirates 8th Pete Richert got into a jam as Dick Groat singled and Roberto Clemente drew a walk, but Dick Stuart hit a grounder to third baseman Clete Boyer, who turned a double play, and Joe Torre grounded out. In the bottom of the 8th Billy Williams clubbed a two-run homer -- his 18th of the season -- over the center field fence to give the Dusters a comfortable 4-1 margin. The Pirates scored a single run in the 9th. McNally (5.0ip, 6h, 0bb, 1r, 1er, 4k, 2.41era) got the win and Richert was credited with his third save of the year. Williams was 2-for-4 on the day, Lopez 2-for-3 with a walk, maintaining his team-leading .330 batting average.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Adair, Schaive, McNally
Record: 56-42
Dusters 4, Pirates 2
[July 29, Game 3]
Steve Barber (4-8) took on Vern Law (10-11) in the rubber game of the series, and Barber got into trouble early, walking a pair of batters in the top of the 1st which, combined with singles by Dick Groat and Joe Torre, added up to two Pittsburgh runs. They added two more in the 4th, but in the Nevada half of the inning a double by Lee Maye, singles by Clete Boyer and Jerry Adair, and a Pirate error that allowed Hector Lopez to reach base culminated in three Duster runs and a 4-3 score. Reliever Barney Schultz, recently acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, made his first appearance for Nevada in the 5th, during which Groat singled and scored on a Roberto Clemente triple. The Pirates added another run in the 8th at the expense of reliever Pete Richert. With two out in the bottom of the 9th Tom Tresh walked and Johnny Schaive reached on another Pittsburgh error, but pinch hitter Gordy Coleman lined out to end the game. Barber lasted four innings, allowing four runs on three hits. Pirates third baseman Dick Groat went 3-for-4 for the second day in a row, and 8-for-13 for the series. The Dusters found themselves eight games behind Pittsburgh and 4.5 behind the Giants. Conn Hudson conceded that he was disappointed. "I was hoping we'd trim their lead by at least one game. Instead, we fell further behind."
Lineup: Power, Maye, Lopez, Boyer, Adair, Blanchard, Tresh, Schaive, Barber
Record: 56-43
Pirates 7, Dusters 3

Dick Groat (PIT)


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,574 ..... Revenue: $25.1M ..... Profit: $7.2M ..... Cash: $11.8M ..... Team Payroll: $20.8M

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

Around the leagues:
HOU--Jim Campbell (C), broken wrist, six months.
LAD--Earl Averill (C), broken ankle, two months.
LAD--Jeff Torborg (C), sprained ankle, two weeks.
LAD--Roy Gleason (1B), torn hamstring, three weeks.
NYM--Joe Ginsberg (C), broken foot, six weeks.
PHI--Frank Torre (1B), sprained finger, two weeks.
CLE--Dick Donovan (P), finger stress fracture, two weeks.
KCA--Norm Siebern (1B), dislocated hip, five weeks.
MIN--Bob Allison (RF),. broken ankle, two months.
LAD--John Purdin (P), broken collar bone, five weeks.
STL--Tom Hilgendorf (P), ruptured cervical disc, three months.
BOS--Bill Bruton (CF), foot stress fracture, two weeks.
NYY--Hal Reniff (P), ruptured knee ligaments, three weeks.
CHC--Bob Raudman (LF), broken collar bone, four weeks.
NYM--Roger Craig (P), wrist stress fracture, four weeks.
PHI--Ruben Amaro (SS), ruptured knee ligaments, five weeks.
STL--Curt Simmons (P), broken wrist, six months.
BAL--Barry Shetrone (CF), broken collar bone, five weeks.
KCA--Larry Stahl (LF), sprained ankle, two weeks.
NYM--Jim Marshall (1B), stretched ankle ligament, two weeks.
NYM--Ted Schreiber (3B), stretched ankle ligament, two weeks.

KCA released Gino Cimoli (CF).
KCA released Bob Grim (P).
KCA released Gordon Jones (P).

BOS signed free agent Bob Grim (P) for $1,000,000/1 yr.

FEATURED GAME
Pittsburgh Pirates at Nevada Dusters
July 27, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Bob Shaw takes the mound for the Dusters.
Bob Skinner struck out. <--->
Larry Elliot singled through the hole. <--1>
Larry Elliot was caught stealing second. <--->
Roberto Clemente grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Bob Friend takes the mound for the Pirates.
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
Mack Jones grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--->
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
Dick Stuart grounded to second. <--->
Joe Torre grounded to third. <--->
Dick Groat grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Hector Lopez doubled down the third base line. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard walked. <-21>
Clete Boyer grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-5-1). <-2->
Jerry Adair flied out to right field. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Bill Mazeroski grounded to third. <--->
Johnny Logan singled over the third baseman. <--1>
Bob Friend laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
Bob Skinner singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
Larry Elliot struck out. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Pittsburgh leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Johnny Schaive singled up the middle. <--1>
Bob Shaw popped up to second. <--1>
Vic Power grounded to second. <-2->
Mack Jones grounded to third. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Roberto Clemente walked. <--1>
Dick Stuart flied out to center. <--1>
Joe Torre grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
Dick Groat singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
Bill Mazeroski popped up to short. <--1>
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Pittsburgh leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Billy Williams grounded to second. <--->
Hector Lopez doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard dribbled weakly in front of home plate. <3-->
Clete Boyer doubled down the right field line, scoring a run. <-2->
Jerry Adair grounded to first base. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Logan grounded to third. <--->
Bob Friend singled to right. <--1>
Bob Skinner grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Bob Skinner stole second. <-2->
Larry Elliot struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Pittsburgh leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Schaive grounded to the third baseman. <--->
Bob Shaw popped up to short. <--->
Vic Power grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Roberto Clemente grounded to short. <--->
Dick Stuart struck out. <--->
Joe Torre singled over the first baseman. <--1>
Dick Groat grounded to second. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Pittsburgh leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Mack Jones flied out to center. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Bill Mazeroski popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--->
Johnny Logan grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Bob Friend grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Pittsburgh leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Johnny Blanchard grounded to short. <--->
Clete Boyer singled to center field. <--1>
Jerry Adair grounded to second for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Bob Skinner walked. <--1>
Larry Elliot laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
Roberto Clemente struck out. <-2->
Dick Stuart grounded to short. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Pittsburgh leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Howie Goss came in to play Center Field. <--->
Johnny Schaive grounded to first base. <--->
The Pirates guarded the lines.
Bubba Morton pinch hit for Bob Shaw. <--->
Bubba Morton grounded to short. <--->
Vic Power grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Pete Richert came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Joe Torre singled over the first baseman. <--1>
Joe Torre went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
Dick Groat grounded to short. <--->
Bill Mazeroski grounded to the second baseman. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Pittsburgh leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Mack Jones walked. <--1>
Billy Williams flied out to left. <--1>
Hector Lopez doubled over the center fielder. <32->
The Pirates brought the infield in.
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the third baseman. The lead runner was tagged out at home. <3-1>
Clete Boyer singled into right field, scoring a run. <-21>
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Jerry Adair. <-21>
Gordy Coleman grounded to the shortstop. <-21>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Ken Hubbs came in to play Second Base. <--->
Johnny Logan grounded to first. <--->
Smoky Burgess pinch hit for Bob Friend. <--->
Smoky Burgess grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Bob Skinner 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
Roy Face came in to pitch for the Pirates. <--->
Johnny Schaive flied out to left. <--->
Lee Maye pinch hit for Pete Richert. <--->
Lee Maye reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <--1>
Lee Maye was caught stealing second. <--->
Vic Power grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Howie Goss grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Roberto Clemente singled down the third base line. <--1>
Dick Stuart laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Joe Torre grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eleventh, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
Mack Jones struck out. <--->
Billy Williams popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
Hector Lopez lined out to left. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eleventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE TWELFTH
Dick Groat singled to center. <--1>
Bill Mazeroski struck out. <--1>
Johnny Logan laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Willie Stargell pinch hit for Roy Face. <-2->
Willie Stargell walked. <-21>
Bob Skinner walked. <321>
Howie Goss grounded to the second baseman. <321>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
In the middle of the twelfth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE TWELFTH
Bob Veale came in to pitch for the Pirates. <--->
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--->
Clete Boyer flied out to right. <--->
Ken Hubbs struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the twelfth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE THIRTEENTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Roberto Clemente popped up to second. <--->
Dick Stuart singled to center. <--1>
Joe Torre singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Dick Groat laid down a sacrifice bunt to first - a run scored. <-2->
Bill Mazeroski grounded to second. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the thirteenth, Pittsburgh leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRTEENTH
Granny Hamner came in to play First Base. <--->
Johnny Schaive grounded to third. <--->
The Pirates guarded the lines.
Tom Tresh pinch hit for Bob Duliba. <--->
Tom Tresh struck out. <--->
Vic Power walked. <--1>
Mack Jones singled to left field. <-21>
Billy Williams popped up to second. <-21>

PIRATES WIN: 3-2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Pirates (PIT) 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1  3 11  1
       Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0  2  8  0

PITTSBURGH           ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
B. Skinner (LF)       4  1  2  0  0  1  1  1    .269
L. Elliot (CF)        3  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .297
 H. Goss (CF)         2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .151
R. Clemente (RF)      5  1  1  1  0  0  1  0    .321
D. Stuart (1B)        5  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .259
 G. Hamner (1B)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .231
J. Torre (C)          6  3  0  0  0  0  0  0    .324
D. Groat (3B)         5  2  0  0  0  2  0  0    .296
B. Mazeroski (2B)     6  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .214
J. Logan (SS)         4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .185
B. Friend (P)         2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .133
 S. Burgess (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .311
 R. Face (P)          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 W. Stargell (PH)     0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .271
 B. Veale (P)         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               43 11  4  3  0  3  6  1


      PITTSBURGH   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
       B. Friend  9.0  7  2  0  2  2  0  93   3.00
         R. Face  2.0  0  0  0  0  0  1  16   2.16
        B. Veale  2.0  1  1  0  0  0  3  31   3.57
          TOTALS 13.0  8  3  0  2  2  4 140

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .308
M. Jones (CF)         5  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .225
B. Williams (LF)      6  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .314
H. Lopez (RF)         5  3  0  2  0  0  0  0    .327
J. Blanchard (C)      4  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .233
C. Boyer (3B)         5  3  0  0  0  2  0  0    .273
J. Adair (2B)         3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .271
 G. Coleman (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .296
 K. Hubbs (2B)        1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .202
J. Schaive (SS)       5  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
B. Shaw (P)           2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .064
 B. Morton (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .281
 P. Richert (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 L. Maye (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .294
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 T. Tresh (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .219
TOTALS               45  8  3  2  0  2  4  0

   2B:  C. Boyer (7), H. Lopez 3 (19)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
         B. Shaw  8.0  6  2  0  2  2  5  97   2.82
      P. Richert  2.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  18   1.96
       B. Dailey  2.0  2  2  0  0  0  1  33   2.35
       B. Duliba  1.0  2  0  0  1  1  0  16   4.63
          TOTALS 13.0 11  4  0  3  3  6 164

     WP: B. Veale (3-0)
     LP: B. Duliba (4-4)

     Attendance: 17,344
     Time: 3:19