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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
1962 World Series
NEVADA DUSTERS vs NEW YORK YANKEES
Home     October 1962     Game One
The New York Yankees had gone to the World Series twelve of the previous fifteen years -- and won nine World Championships in the process, including in 1961. Led by the M&M Boys -- Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, the latter fresh off his record-breaking 61-homer season in '61 -- and buoyed by the acquisition of slugging third baseman Eddie Mathews, the Yankees had posted 210 long balls in '62 and scored a total of 878 runs with an All-Star at every position. The Nevada Dusters led the National League in homers with 173 and 772 runs scored. Though New York had Whitey Ford and Ralph Terry, the Dusters seemed to hold their own where the starting rotation was concerned, with three pitchers -- Bob Shaw, Joe Horlen and Dave McNally, bringing ERAs under 3.00 to the Fall Classic. But were they good enough to stifle New York's offensive capabilities? Most didn't think so. The pundits and the bookmakers made the Yankees heavy favorites. The only question in a lot of minds was how many games it would take for the New York dynasty to add another trophy to its collection. A reporter asked Conn Hudson if his players were awed by their pinstriped opponents. "Not at all," replied Hudson, "but I am in awe -- of our boys for the great season they've put together." When asked his opinion of the apparent mismatch based on statistics, Ben Naylor remarked, "Yeah, but you know what they say -- games aren't played on paper."
THE ROSTERS
New York Yankees
Nevada Dusters
C
Elston Howard
.297, 18, 91
Johnny Blanchard
.234, 38, 99
1B
Bill Skowron
.301, 15, 72
Vic Power
.298, 15, 60
2B
Bobby Richardson
.269, 3, 46
Johnny Schaive
.249, 4, 30
3B
Eddie Mathews
.277, 37, 109
Clete Boyer
.274, 21, 87
SS
Tony Kubek
.267, 8, 67
Jerry Adair
.289, 9, 56
LF
Yogi Berra
.288, 26, 122
Hector Lopez
.320, 26, 95
CF
Mickey Mantle
.316, 49, 134
Lee Maye
.300, 11, 50
RF
Roger Maris
.303, 42, 109
Billy Williams
.314, 32, 110
Bench
Mike Rourke  c
.250, 0, 3
Roy McMillan  ss
.263, 2, 10
Jacob Urban  of
.160, 0, 1
Joe Pepitone  1b
.289, 6, 21
Steve Bilko  1b
.192, 2, 7
Billy Gardner  if
.197, 2, 14
Gordy Coleman  1b
.303, 10, 36
Tom Tresh  ss/cf
.219, 6, 44
Ken Hubbs  2b
.232, 0, 9
Lou Johnson  lf
.275, 0, 6
Mack Jones  of
.224, 1, 21
Cam Carreon  c
.259, 0, 8
Starting
Pitchers
Whitey Ford  lhp
22-11, 3.24
Al Downing  lhp
13-9, 4.01
Ralph Terry  rhp
19-7, 2.97
Bob Turley  rhp
10-9, 4.31
Bob Shaw   rhp
23-3, 2.32
Joe Horlen  rhp
16-8, 2.54
Dave McNally  lhp
11-8, 2.77
Tony Cloninger  rhp
14-8, 3.57
Relief
Pitchers
Rollie Sheldon  rhp
5-1, 4.93
Hal Reniff  rhp
5-8, 2.12 (15 sv)
Marshall Bridges  lhp
6-5, 3.99 (4 sv)
Luis Arroyo  lhp
6-5, 3.39 (10 sv)
Jim Coates  rhp
4-3, 2.91 (2 sv)
Bud Daley  lhp
3-2, 6.47
Tex Clevenger  rhp
1-1, 2.28
Pete Richert  lhp
6-4, 2.46 (3 sv)
Bill Dailey  rhp
6-5, 2.45 (17 sv)
Barney Schultz  rhp
8-1, 2.71 (3 sv)
Claude Raymond  rhp
6-1, 5.16 (13 sv)
Jim Brewer  lhp
2-4, 4.84 (3 sv)
Bob Duliba  rhp
5-6, 4.84 (5 sv)
Jim Umbricht  rhp
1-1, 5.95
Mgr.
Ralph Houk
Ben Naylor

NYY: .274 Team BA, 3.57 Team ERA, 210 Home Runs 878 Runs Scored, 652 Runs Allowed
NEV: .266 Team BA, 3.31 Team ERA, 173 Home Runs, 772 Runs Scored, 586 Runs Allowed

ALL-STARS
(1962 All-Stars in italics)
NYY: Roger Maris (RF), Mickey Mantle (CF), Yogi Berra (LF), Elston Howard (C), Bill Skowron (1B), Bobby Richardson (2B),
Eddie Mathews (3B), Tony Kubek (SS), Roy McMillan (SS), Whitey Ford (P), Hal Reniff (P), Bob Turley (P)
NEV: Billy Williams (LF), Johnny Blanchard (C), Vic Power (1B)