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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Reds @ Dusters
August 7-9, 1962
The Standings (as of 8.5)
(including team batting average and ERA)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PIT   67-39   .272  3.02
SFG   67-42   .259  3.07
NEV   61-44   .259  3.36
LAD   60-46  .254  3.74
CIN   53-52  .251  3.44
STL   49-56   .250  3.94
CHC   49-57  .247  4.11
NYM   45-58   .246  4.46
PHI   41-62   .242  4.06
HOU   36-72   .242  4.41
AMERICAN LEAGUE
BAL   68-43   .259  2.96
MIN   62-44   .250  4.07
NYY   57-46   .268  3.40
DET   55-51   .271  3.75
BOS   51-55   .257  3.56
CLE   51-55   .238  3.54
CHW   52-56   .246  3.78
WSA   48-58   .239  3.77
KCA   48-58   .243  3.87
LAA   40-66   .239  4.26


Financial Comparisons (NL & AL)
(Team.....Average Attendance.....Revenue YTD.....Profit YTD.....Cash.....Payroll Budget.....Team Payroll)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago.....36,735.....$66.6M.....$448K.....$8.4M......$90.9M.....$94.4M
Cincinnati.....25,011.....$42.8M.....$4.6M.....$10.2M.....$39.2M.....$44.6M
Houston.....31,952.....$57.8M.....$8.5M.....$15.4M.....$57.9M.....$49.9M
Los Angeles.....52,908.....$79.5M.....$8.7M.....$19.4M.....$90.4M.....$104.0M
Nevada.....13,467.....$27.2M.....$8.2M.....$11.9M.....$27.0M.....$20.6M
New York.....50,162.....$81.8M.....<$13.3M>.....<$1.1M>.....$141.3M.....$148.0M
Philadelphia.....32,975.....$61.6M.....$2.5M.....$10.9M.....$71.3M.....$73.2M
Pittsburgh.....31,473.....$46.4M.....$5.1M.....$11.1M.....$42.5M.....$46.9M
San Francisco.....42,396.....$100.8M.....$15.0M.....$26.5M.....$97.7M.....$99.9M
St. Louis.....29.856.....$52.2M.....$3.7M.....$10.3M.....$63.3M.....$72.0M

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore.....35,572.....$91.1M.....$19.8M.....$28.4M.....$83.2M.....$86.3M
Boston.....33,357.....$62.1M.....<$6.4M>.....$1.4M.....$99.8M.....$98.9M
Chicago.....38.030.....$72.1M.....$18.7M.....$26.5M.....$63.5M.....$62.3M
Cleveland.....31,572.....$47.7M.....$2.5M.....$9.5M.....$52.6M.....$56.2M
Detroit.....36,661.....$67.6M.....$12.3M.....$20.7M.....$77.4M.....$61.7M
Kansas City.....21,505.....$42.6M.....$7.9M.....$13.0M.....$41.4M.....$42.1M
Los Angeles.....48.597.....$76.1M.....$10.2M.....$20.7M.....$81.3M.....$67.9M
Minnesota.....30,468.....$54.0M.....$4.3M.....$10.8M.....$64.9M.....$78.0M
New York.....63,067.....$116.4M.....$17.8M.....$30.2M.....$120.4M.....$125.9M
Washington.....32,012.....$62.5M.....$5.2M.....$13.5M.....$73.9M.....$64.7M

Poster for Safe at Home, the movie featuring the M&M boys,
released during baseball season in '62.


Cincinnati Reds (53-52) @ Nevada Dusters (61-44)
August 7-9, 1962
Horizon Field, Las Vegas, NV

DL: Roger Repoz (CF-Montana Wolves), broken ankle, three months. Clay Carroll (P-Tucson Stingers), mild shoulder separation, six days.

Cincinnati Reds Game 1 starting lineup:
Marty Keough (LF), Gene Freese (3B), Vada Pinson (CF), Frank Robinson (RF), Leo Cardenas (SS), Johnny Edwards (C), Rogelio Alvarez (1B), Bob Purkey (SP)

[August 7, Game 1]
After a day off of morning BP and an afternoon seeing the sights of Las Vegas, the Reds returned to Horizon Field for the first game of their second consecutive series with the Dusters and took a 3-0 lead in the 1st -- two of the runs coming off a Leo Cardenas homer into the left field bleachers. Though he often found himself in trouble in subsequent innings, Nevada starter Bob Shaw managed to prevent further damage, allowing the Dusters to play catchup. The Dusters got a run in the 1st and another in the 6th but the Reds made it 4-2 with a successful suicide squeeze in the 7th. ("You'd think we'd be ready for that, much as we've seen it from them," groused Ben Naylor after the game.) Pinch hitter Gordy Coleman's solo homer in the bottom of the 7th made it 4-3 and in the 8th the Dusters loaded the bases on Cincy starter Bob Purkey, only to come away with a single run to tie the ballgame. Vic Power opened the home 9th with a single and scored the winning run on a Lopez double. (Lopez was 4-for-5 on the day with a pair of ribbies.) Bob Dailey got the win. With the Pirates losing their fourth straight, the Dusters were just four games out of first and 3.5 games behind the second-place Giants.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Hubbs, Shaw
Record: 62-44
Dusters 5, Reds 4
[August 8, Game 2]
Ben Naylor put Gordy Coleman (1B) and Mack Jones (CF) at the top of the lineup card for Game 2 as Tony Cloninger (5-7) took on Joey Jay (6-9). Jones singled in the 2nd, went to second on a Billy Williams hit, stole third, and scored when Clete Boyer's single scooted into center field. Johnny Blanchard knocked in Williams and the Dusters had a 2-0 advantage. Blanchard's 24th homer of the year made it 3-0 in the 6th. The Reds could get nothing going against Cloninger, who pitched a complete game while allowing only three hits and striking out five. "He looks better every time he takes the mound," opined Conn Hudson. The Dusters collected eleven hits, with Blanchard going 3-for-4 and the middle infield duo of Jerry Adair and Johnny Schaive both finishing 2-for-4. The Dusters had won eight of their last ten games, and remained four games out of first place, while the fourth place Dodgers, losing two in a row, fell three games behind Nevada.
Lineup: Coleman, Jones, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Schaive, Cloninger
Record: 63-44
Dusters 3, Reds 0
[August 9, Game 3]
The Dusters hoped to continue their winning ways with a sweep of the Reds, but even so Ben Naylor rested Billy Williams and went with an outfield of Hector Lopez, Lee Maye and Mack Jones. Maye's solo homer in the 1st put the Dusters in front early. The Reds tied it in the top of the 2nd and Johnny Blanchard hit his 25th long ball in the bottom of the inning for Nevada's second -- and last -- lead of the day. With the game tied at 2 in the 5th, Vada Pinson cranked a two-run homer to deep left center; that marked the end of Nevada starter Dave McNally's day. In the 6th Rogelio Alvarez hit one out of the park for two more runs at reliever Bob Duliba's expense, and Cincy went up 6-2. Marty Keough opened the Reds 7th with a solo shot, but the Dusters stormed back in the bottom of the inning. Cincy starter Jim Maloney's two wild pitches resulted in two Nevada runs before Gordy Coleman's two-run homer closed the deficit to 7-6. Could the Dusters engineer another come-from-behind victory? They could not. McNally (5.0ip, 7h, 0bb, 4r, 4er, 3k, 2.49era) took the loss. There was more bad news for Nevada -- closer Bill Dailey went on the DL for sixteen days with a dislocated shoulder.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Schaive, Jones, McNally
Record: 63-45
Reds 7, Dusters 6

Tony Cloninger (NEV)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,513 ..... Revenue: $28.3M ..... Profit: $8.9M ..... Cash: $12.5M ..... Team Payroll: $20.9M

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

Around the leagues:
MIN--Camilo Pascual (P), stretched ankle ligament, two weeks.
MIN--Mike Page (RF), spiked achilles tendon, three weeks.
DET--Norm Cash (1B), sprained ankle, two weeks.
CLE--Jim Lawrence (C), finger stress fracture, two weeks.
KCA--Tim Talton (C), wrist stress fracture, four weeks.
BOS--Ken Aspromonte (2B), mild shoulder separation, two weeks.
KCA--Fred Newman (P), severe elbow tendonitis, two weeks.

KCA released Art Ditmar (P).
KCA released Don Williams (P).
PHI released Frank Torre (1B).

PHI signed free agent Art Ditmar (P) for $2,800,000/1 yr.
BOS signed free agent Dale Long (1B) for $2,550,000/1 yr.

FEATURED GAME
Cincinnati Reds at Nevada Dusters
August 7, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Bob Shaw takes the mound for the Dusters.
Marty Keough singled through the right side. <--1>
Gene Freese doubled down the first base line. <32->
Vada Pinson grounded to first. <32->
Frank Robinson grounded to second, scoring a run. <3-->
Leo Cardenas homered into the left field bleachers for two RBIs. <--->
Johnny Edwards lined out to the second baseman. <--->
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, Cincinnati leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Bob Purkey takes the mound for the Reds.
Vic Power lined out to center. <--->
Lee Maye singled to center. <--1>
Billy Williams grounded to second. <-2->
Hector Lopez singled to center, scoring a run. <--1>
Clete Boyer lined out to center field. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the first, Nevada trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Rogelio Alvarez grounded to second. <--->
Tommy Helms popped up to second. <--->
Bob Purkey struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, Cincinnati leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Johnny Blanchard walked. <--1>
Jerry Adair popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--1>
Ken Hubbs grounded to short, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Bob Shaw popped up to second. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Marty Keough grounded to short. <--->
Gene Freese popped up to short. <--->
Vada Pinson popped up to the second baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Cincinnati leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Vic Power grounded to third. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Frank Robinson grounded to short. <--->
Leo Cardenas struck out. <--->
Johnny Edwards hit an infield single to the third baseman. <--1>
Rogelio Alvarez singled down the first base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Tommy Helms popped up behind home plate. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Cincinnati leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Hector Lopez flied out to center. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to first base. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Bob Purkey flied out to right. <--->
Marty Keough singled down the left field line. <--1>
Gene Freese singled to left, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Vada Pinson grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Frank Robinson dribbled weakly to the catcher. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Cincinnati leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Jerry Adair popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Ken Hubbs grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Mack Jones pinch hit for Bob Shaw. <--->
Mack Jones grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Leo Cardenas lined out to left field. <--->
Johnny Edwards flied out to right. <--->
Rogelio Alvarez struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Cincinnati leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Vic Power grounded to third. <--->
Lee Maye struck out. <--->
Billy Williams walked. <--1>
Hector Lopez singled in the right field gap, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Clete Boyer singled to left field, scoring a run. <-21>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the second baseman. <-21>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Tommy Helms singled to right. <--1>
Tommy Helms went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Bob Purkey bunts for a base hit down the first base line. <3-1>
Marty Keough laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher - a run scored. <-2->
Gene Freese reached first on a throwing error by the second baseman. <3-1>
Vada Pinson struck out. <3-1>
Frank Robinson grounded to short. <3-1>
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Cincinnati leads 4 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Pete Rose came in to play First Base. <--->
Eddie Kasko came in to play Third Base. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to first base. <--->
Ken Hubbs grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Bob Duliba. <--->
Gordy Coleman homered into the left field bleachers. <--->
Vic Power singled up the middle. <--1>
Vic Power went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Lee Maye grounded to third. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada trails 4 to 3.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Leo Cardenas singled to right. <--1>
Leo Cardenas went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
Johnny Edwards popped up to second. <--->
Pete Rose popped up behind home plate. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Cincinnati leads 4 to 3.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Billy Williams singled to center. <--1>
Hector Lopez singled up the middle. <-21>
Clete Boyer popped up to short. <-21>
Johnny Blanchard singled through the right side. <321>
Jerry Adair struck out. <321>
Tom Tresh pinch hit for Ken Hubbs. <321>
Tom Tresh singled through the left side, scoring a run. <321>
Howie Nunn came in to pitch for the Reds. <321>
Bubba Morton pinch hit for Claude Raymond. <321>
Bubba Morton popped up to the catcher. <321>
1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 4.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Tommy Helms singled in the left field gap. <--1>
Howie Nunn grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Marty Keough laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Eddie Kasko lined out to right. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 4.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Vic Power singled through the left side. <--1>
Lee Maye laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <-2->
Hector Lopez doubled in the right field gap, scoring a run. <-2->

DUSTERS WIN: 5-4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
          Reds (CIN) 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0    4 11  0
       Dusters (NEV) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1    5 12  1

CINCINNATI           ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
M. Keough (LF)        3  2  0  1  0  1  0  0    .283
G. Freese (3B)        4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .271
 E. Kasko (3B)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .293
V. Pinson (CF)        4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .286
F. Robinson (RF)      4  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .270
L. Cardenas (SS)      4  2  0  1  1  2  1  0    .239
J. Edwards (C)        4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .219
R. Alvarez (1B)       3  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .234
 P. Rose (1B)         1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .259
T. Helms (2B)         4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .200
B. Purkey (P)         3  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .180
 H. Nunn (P)          1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               36 11  0  4  1  4  4  0

   2B:  T. Helms (1), G. Freese (19)
   HR:  L. Cardenas (3)

      CINCINNATI   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
       B. Purkey  7.2 10  2  1  4  4  2  99   2.86
         H. Nunn  1.0  2  0  0  1  1  0  18   5.14
          TOTALS  8.2 12  2  1  5  5  2 117

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .303
L. Maye (CF)          4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .267
B. Williams (LF)      4  1  1  2  0  0  0  0    .310
H. Lopez (RF)         5  4  0  0  0  2  0  0    .331
C. Boyer (3B)         4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .275
J. Blanchard (C)      3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .224
J. Adair (SS)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .274
K. Hubbs (2B)         3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .206
 T. Tresh (2B)        1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .217
B. Shaw (P)           1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .060
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
 G. Coleman (PH)      1  1  0  1  1  1  0  0    .291
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
 B. Morton (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .273
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               37 12  2  5  1  5  2  0

   2B:  V. Power (17), H. Lopez (20)
   HR:  G. Coleman (7)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
         B. Shaw  5.0  7  0  1  3  3  2  69   2.76
       B. Duliba  2.0  2  0  0  1  1  2  33   4.21
      C. Raymond  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  0   9   5.81
       B. Dailey  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  15   2.39
          TOTALS  9.0 11  0  1  4  4  4 126

     WP: B. Dailey (3-4)
     LP: H. Nunn (2-9)

     Attendance: 13,888
     Time: 2:25