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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Pirates @ Dusters
August 13-15, 1962
Nevada Dusters: Minor League Report (as of 8.12)
Bakersfield Bullets (AAA), 47-54
Cam Carreon (C) 41ab, 12h, 5r, 5rbi, 0hr, 6bb, 6k, 1sb, .236/.304/.278
Donn Clendenon (1B) 206ab, 73h, 41r, 43rbi, 5hr, 17bb, 32k, 2sb, .354/.398/.519
Lou Johnson (LF) 277ab, 91h, 56r, 55rbi, 4hr, 20bb, 29k, 6sb, .329/.380/.430
Tony Oliva (RF) 136ab, 38h, 27r, 27rbi, 7hr, 15bb, 17k, 3sb, .279/.355/.485
Jim Bouton (P) 3gs, 1W, 0L, 2.51era, 14.1ip, 4r, 4er, 12h, 0hr, 3bb, 5k, .226baa
Jim Constable (P) 7gs, 2W, 3L, 5.19era, 59.0ip, 37r, 34er, 80h, 3hr, 23bb, 24k, .320baa

Salt Lake City Saints (AA), 66-50
Denis Menke (SS) 342ab, 88h, 45r, 48rbi, 4hr, 48bb, 51k, 5sb, .257/.351/.360
Wes Parker (1B) 156ab, 45h, 27r, 22rbi, 2hr, 27bb, 20k, 3sb, .288/.383/..397
Cookie Rojas (2B) 434ab, 129h, 69r, 70rbi, 4hr, 30bb, 29k, 5sb, .297/.342/.376
Ray Culp (P) 4gs, 0W, 2L, 5.40era, 23.1ip, 14r, 14er, 21h, 5hr, 11bb, 11k, .241baa
Hank Fischer (P) 0gs, 1W, 0L, 0.64era, 14.0ip, 2r, 1er, 8h, 0hr, 3bb, 1k, .174baa
Ron Herbel (P) 14gs, 5W. 1L, 3.73era, 99.0ip, 49r, 41er, 101h, 9hr, 34bb, 28k, .268baa
Phil Niekro (P) 24gs, 8W, 2L, 3.23era, 150.1ip, 67r, 54er, 137h, 10hr, 52bb, 75k, .240baa, 1cg

Tucson Stingers (A), 8-7, 52-48
Tommie Aaron (1B) 290ab, 80h, 43r, 46rbi, 2hr, 38bb, 37k, 3sb, .276/.361/.366
Gene Alley (SS) 334ab, 102h, 61r, 53rbi, 2hr, 44bb, 46k, 5sb, .305/.385/.380
Jesus Alou (RF) 333ab, 101h, 64r, 61rbi, 2hr, 11bb, 19k, 3sb, .303/.325/.354
George Banks (3B) 362ab, 97h, 67r, 68rbi, 9hr, 51bb, 45k, 4sb, .268/.360/.428
Jose Cardenal (CF) 165ab, 57h, 33r, 32rbi, 5hr, 20bb, 12k, 8sb, .345/.420/.509
Danny Cater (1B) 31ab, 12h, 11r, 8rbi, 4hr, 4bb, 2k, 1sb, .387/.457.839
Walt Hriniak (C) 213ab, 64h, 38r, 32rbi, 1hr, 15bb, 30k, 1sb, .300/.349/.347
Cecil Butler (P) 14gs, 3W, 6L, 2.55era, 106.0ip, 37r, 30er, 79h, 6hr, 24bb, 41k, .206baa, 1sv
Clay Carroll (P) 7gs, 2W, 2L, 2.12era, 89.0ip, 32r, 21er, 77h, 6hr, 28bb, 30k, .232baa, 2sv
Herb Hippauf (P) 8gs, 1W, 4L, 3.63era, 101.2ip, 52r, 41er, 100h, 6hr, 46bb, 31k, .255baa, 7sv
Dick Kelley (P) 7gs, 9W, 3L, 1.69era, 96.0ip, 24r, 18er, 68h, 1hr, 27bb, 52k, .196baa
Larry Maxie (P) 6gs, 6W, 1L, 2.54era, 74.1ip, 24r, 21er, 56h, 2hr, 25bb, 23k, .208baa

Montana Wolves (R), 23-16
Sandy Alomar (2B) 53ab, 15h, 8r, 7rbi, 0hr, 10bb, 2k, 4sb, .283/.397/.340
Bob Bailey (3B) 131ab, 46h, 32r, 28rbi, 7hr, 29bb, 21k, 5sb, .351/.469/.595
Jerry Grote (C) 78ab, 22h, 13r, 17rbi, 0hr, 15bb, 8k, 0sb, .282/.398/.346
Randy Hundley (C) 34ab, 11h, 9r, 6rbi, 1hr, 6bb, 2k, 0sb, .324/..425/..441
Felix Millan (2B) 72ab, 21h, 11r, 13rbi, 0hr, 4bb, 2k, 1sb, .292/.338/.333
Tony Perez (1B) 138ab, 54h, 32r, 39rbi, 9hr, 23bb, 15k, 0sb, .391/.476/.688
Roger Repoz (CF) 100ab, 33h, 19r, 24rbi, 5hr, 19bb, 21k, 1sb, .330/.440/.550
Wade Blasingame (P) 5gs, 3W, 0L, 2.05era, 30.2ip, 8r, 7er, 21h, 2hr, 9bb, 14k, .193baa
Bruce Howard (P) 5gs, 3W, 0L, 2.52era, 35.2ip, 14r, 10er, 33h, 1hr, 16bb, 14k, .239baa
Marcelino Lopez (P) 1gs, 1W, 2L, 4.40era, 14.1ip, 9r, 7er, 21h, 0hr, 8bb, 2k, .344baa
Dan Schneider (P) 1gs, 1W, 1L, 1.76era, 30.2ip, 12r, 6er, 28h, 2hr, 7bb, 10k, .250baa, 4sv
Cecil Upshaw (P) 5gs, 4W, 0L, 1.55era, 40.2ip, 10r, 7er, 28h, 2hr, 5bb, 14k, .199baa

FAST TRACK
Bakersfield Bullets: Donn Clendenon (1B), Jim Bouton (P), Lou Johnson (LF)
Salt Lake City Saints: Phil Niekro (P)
Tucson Stingers: Gene Alley (SS), Dick Kelley (P), George Banks (3B), Jose Cardenal (CF), Danny Cater (1B)
Montana Wolves: Bob Bailey (3B), Tony Perez (1B), Wade Blasingame (P)


Montana Wolves (R)


Pittsburgh Pirates (70-41) @ Nevada Dusters (66-45)
August 13-15, 1962
Horizon Field, Las Vegas, NV

DL: Bill Dailey (RP), dislocated shoulder, twelve days. Jerry Adair (2B), mild shoulder separation, fifteen days. Roger Repoz (CF-Montana Wolves), broken ankle, 84 days. Tommie Aaron (1B-Tucson Stingers), strained chest, one day.

MOVES
Lou Johnson (LF) called up from AAA Bakersfield.

Pittsburgh Pirates Game 1 starting lineup:
Bob Skinner (LF), Dick Groat (SS), Roberto Clemente (RF), Joe Torre (C), Larry Elliot (CF), Bob Oliver (1B), Bill Mazeroski (2B), Dick Schofield (3B), Earl Francis (SP)

[August 13, Game 1]
Over 18,000 fans -- a record crowd at Horizon Field -- were on hand to watch the Dusters take on the NL-leading Pittsburgh Pirates in a crucial series. Nevada played without the services of closer Bill Dailey and second baseman Jerry Adair, while the Bucs were without first baseman Dick Stuart and three starting pitchers -- Joe Gibbon, Harvey Haddix and Tom Sturdivant. Nevada starter Tony Cloninger hoped to even his record at 7-7, while the Duster hitters had expectations of taking advantage of Pittsburgh's Earl Francis (0-2). But Cloninger gave up two runs on seven hits and lasted five innings, while Francis held the Dusters scoreless through the first four. Leading 2-0 in the 5th, Francis walked the bases full for Lee Maye who doubled for two ribbies. Billy Williams singled in two more before Johnny Blanchard hit his 27th homer, a three-run shot over the right field fence, and just like that it was 7-2 Nevada. The Pirates picked up a run in the 6th against reliever Jim Brewer, but the Dusters got it back in their half of the inning and the Bucs managed just one more run, in the 9th. Cloninger got his wish and Maye went 2-for-4, and the Dusters had won four in a row.
Lineup: Coleman, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Schaive, Cloninger
Record: 67-45
Dusters 8, Pirates 4
[August 14, Game 2]
Nevada's hopes of gaining even more ground on the league-leading Pirates ran into an obstacle named Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell (6-2), who was pitted against Dave McNally (9-5). McNally pitched an outstanding game, allowing just one run on two hits in eight innings of work. That one run came as a result of a walk issued to Dick Groat to open the Pittsburgh 4th. It was the only walk allowed by McNally, but it was costly, as Groat went to third on a Roberto Clemente double and scored when Joe Torre sailed a sac fly to left. Mizell allowed two hits, too, but the Dusters couldn't score a run against him, or reliever Al McBean. Nevada had a man on third with two outs in the 8th, but McBean fanned Hector Lopez to end the threat, while a Clete Boyer single to open the 9th was erased by a double play.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Hubbs, Schaive, McNally
Record: 67-46
Pirates 1, Dusters 0
[August 15, Game 3]
The Pirates starting rotation was so wracked with injuries that skipper Danny Murtaugh was forced to start Earl Francis again -- and paid the price. Francis lasted just two innings, allowing five runs (two earned). Back to back doubles by Hector Lopez and Johnny Blanchard gave the Dusters a 3-0 lead in the 1st. In the next inning Lee Maye reached on an error before Billy Williams cranked a two-run homer to center. Pinch-hitter Willie Stargell hit his own two-run shot in the Pirates 3rd to close the gap and got another run in the 5th to make it 5-3. But in the bottom of the inning Williams hit another two-run blast, this time to left-center. Barney Schultz relieved starter Nevada Pete Richert (5.0ip, 5h, 0bb, 3r, 3er, 3k, 2.48era) and gave up a run, and the Bucs collected two more in the 7th with Bob Duliba on the mound to make it a 7-6 ballgame. Bill Mazeroski homered off Claude Raymond in the top of the 9th to tie it but in the bottom of the 10th, with a man on first and third and one out, Vic Power hit an RBI single to win the game and the series for Nevada. Power was mobbed by his teammates. "That one was big," allowed Ben Naylor. Raymond was awarded the win and went to 5-1. Williams was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, four RBIs, and his 21st and 22nd home runs of the season, not to mention six RBIs in the series. The Dusters found themselves three games back of Pittsburgh and, after a day off, would host the Bucs for a series that loomed even bigger than this one. Unfortunately, starter Joe Horlen was once again on the DL, this time for three days with a mild elbow inflammation.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Schaive, Tresh, Hubbs, Richert
Record: 68-46
Dusters 8, Pirates 7

Vinegar Bend Mizell (PIT)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,574 ..... Revenue: $30.7M ..... Profit: $10.1M ..... Cash: $13.8M ..... Team Payroll: $21.2M

Series stats:
2Bs: Maye (2), Power, Hubbs, Blanchard, Lopez
3Bs: none
HRs: Blanchard, Williams (2)
SBs: none
Runs: Coleman (2), Maye (4), Williams (4), Lopez (2), Blanchard, Tresh (2), Schaive
RBIs: Maye (2), Williams (6), Blanchard (3), Power, Lopez (2)

Around the leagues:
LAA--Frank Leja (1B), ruptured cervical disc, two months.
BOS--Jim Pagliaroni (C), mild shoulder separation, two weeks.
CHW--Sherm Lollar (C), broken wrist, nine months.
KCA--Jerry Walker (P), wrist stress fracture, three weeks.
LAA--Ken McBride (P), strained knee, two weeks.
NYM--Al Jackson (P), spiked achilles tendon, three weeks.

CHC released Don Elston (P).

BOS signed free agent Hal Naragon (P) for $930,000/1 yr.
CHC signed free agent Mike Krsnich (LF) for $320,000/1 yr.
CHC signed free agent Gordon Jones (P) for $440,000/1 yr.

FEATURED GAME
Pittsburgh Pirates at Nevada Dusters
August 15, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Pete Richert takes the mound for the Dusters.
Bob Skinner flied out to right. <--->
Dick Groat singled to right field. <--1>
The Pirates put on the hit and run.
Dick Groat was caught stealing second. <--->
Roberto Clemente grounded to third. <--->
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
Earl Francis takes the mound for the Pirates.
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
Lee Maye walked. <--1>
The Dusters put on the hit and run.
Billy Williams hit an infield single to second. <-21>
Hector Lopez doubled down the left field line for two RBIs. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard doubled down the left field line, scoring a run. <-2->
Johnny Schaive reached first on a throwing error by the catcher. <3-1>
Tom Tresh walked. <321>
Ken Hubbs grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-3). <32->
3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the first, Nevada leads 3 to 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Joe Torre reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
Bob Oliver lined out to left. <--1>
Bill Mazeroski grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-3). <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, Pittsburgh trails 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Pete Richert grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Vic Power struck out. <--->
Lee Maye reached first on a fielding error by the pitcher. <--1>
Billy Williams homered over the center field fence for two RBIs. <--->
Hector Lopez popped up to second. <--->
2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Howie Goss singled through the hole. <--1>
Dick Schofield grounded to third. <-2->
Willie Stargell pinch hit for Earl Francis. <-2->
Willie Stargell homered to right-center for two RBIs. <--->
Bob Skinner struck out. <--->
Dick Groat grounded to short. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Pittsburgh trails 5 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Tommie Sisk came in to pitch for the Pirates. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
Johnny Schaive flied out to left. <--->
Tom Tresh flied out to left. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada leads 5 to 2.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Roberto Clemente struck out. <--->
Joe Torre grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Bob Oliver lined out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Pittsburgh trails 5 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Ken Hubbs grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Pete Richert grounded to third. <--->
Vic Power lined out to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada leads 5 to 2.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Bill Mazeroski doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Howie Goss struck out. <-2->
Dick Schofield singled to left. <3-1>
The Dusters brought the infield in.
Tommie Sisk laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman - a run scored. <-2->
Bob Skinner flied out to center. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Pittsburgh trails 5 to 3.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Lee Maye singled to left. <--1>
Billy Williams homered to left-center for two RBIs. <--->
Hector Lopez struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard singled back through the middle. <--1>
Johnny Schaive flied out to center. <--1>
Tom Tresh flied out to center. <--1>
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada leads 7 to 3.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Barney Schultz came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Dick Groat popped up behind home plate. <--->
Roberto Clemente singled to left. <--1>
The Pirates put on the hit and run.
Joe Torre doubled into the left field corner, scoring a run. <-2->
Bob Oliver struck out. <-2->
Bill Mazeroski popped up foul down the third base line. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Pittsburgh trails 7 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Ken Hubbs singled into the right field corner. <--1>
Mack Jones pinch hit for Barney Schultz. <--1>
Mack Jones flied out to left field. <--1>
Vic Power walked. <-21>
Lee Maye struck out. <-21>
Billy Williams flied out to left. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada leads 7 to 4.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Howie Goss walked. <--1>
Dick Schofield homered over the center field fence for two RBIs. <--->
Smoky Burgess pinch hit for Tommie Sisk. <--->
Smoky Burgess grounded to second. <--->
Bob Skinner struck out. <--->
Dick Groat popped up to the shortstop. <--->
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Pittsburgh trails 7 to 6.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Dan Osinski came in to pitch for the Pirates. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to second. <--->
Johnny Blanchard singled in the right field gap. <--1>
Johnny Schaive struck out. <--1>
Tom Tresh singled down the first base line, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Ken Hubbs. <3-1>
Gordy Coleman struck out. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada leads 7 to 6.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Roberto Clemente grounded to second. <--->
Joe Torre singled to center field. <--1>
Bob Oliver grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Pittsburgh trails 7 to 6.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Bubba Morton pinch hit for Bob Duliba. <--->
Bubba Morton walked. <--1>
Vic Power popped up foul down the first base line. <--1>
Joe Torre allowed a passed ball. <-2->
Lee Maye struck out. <-2->
Billy Williams lined out to short. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 7 to 6.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Bill Mazeroski homered into the right field bleachers. <--->
Howie Goss struck out. <--->
Dick Schofield grounded to first. <--->
The Dusters guarded the lines.
Larry Elliot pinch hit for Dan Osinski. <--->
Larry Elliot struck out. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 7.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Al McBean came in to pitch for the Pirates. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to third. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to third. <--->
Johnny Schaive dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 7.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Clete Boyer came in to play Second Base. <--->
Bob Skinner grounded to third. <--->
Dick Groat lined out to second. <--->
Roberto Clemente was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Joe Torre grounded to the second baseman. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 7.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Tom Tresh walked. <--1>
Clete Boyer singled back through the middle. <-21>
Tom Tresh went for an extra base and reached third. <3-1>
Claude Raymond struck out. <3-1>
Vic Power singled through the right side, scoring a run. <-21>

DUSTERS WIN: 8-7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Pirates (PIT) 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 1 0  7 10  2
       Dusters (NEV) 3 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1  8 12  1

PITTSBURGH           ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
B. Skinner (LF)       5  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .252
D. Groat (SS)         5  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .292
R. Clemente (RF)      4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .321
J. Torre (C)          5  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .325
B. Oliver (1B)        4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .243
B. Mazeroski (2B)     4  2  0  2  1  1  0  0    .215
H. Goss (CF)          3  1  1  2  0  0  2  0    .156
D. Schofield (3B)     4  2  0  1  1  2  0  0    .299
E. Francis (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 W. Stargell (PH)     1  1  0  1  1  2  0  0    .288
 T. Sisk (P)          0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .000
 S. Burgess (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .304
 D. Osinski (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 L. Elliot (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .281
 A. McBean (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               37 10  1  7  3  7  7  0

   2B:  J. Torre (17), B. Mazeroski (8)
   HR:  B. Mazeroski (10), D. Schofield (1), W. Stargell (7)

      PITTSBURGH   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      E. Francis  2.0  4  2  1  5  3  1  47   4.34
         T. Sisk  4.0  4  1  1  2  2  2  58   4.82
      D. Osinski  2.0  2  1  0  0  0  3  48   3.84
       A. McBean  1.1  2  1  0  1  1  1  21   2.47
          TOTALS  9.1 12  5  2  8  6  7 174

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  1  1  0  0  1  1  0    .299
L. Maye (CF)          4  1  1  3  0  0  2  0    .281
B. Williams (RF)      5  3  0  3  2  4  0  0    .314
H. Lopez (LF)         5  1  0  1  0  2  1  0    .321
J. Blanchard (C)      5  3  0  0  0  1  0  0    .235
J. Schaive (3B)       5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .248
T. Tresh (SS)         3  1  2  1  0  0  0  0    .220
K. Hubbs (2B)         3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .220
 G. Coleman (2B)      1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .291
 C. Boyer (2B)        1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .270
P. Richert (P)        2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 B. Schultz (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .333
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .219
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
 B. Morton (PH)       0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .243
 C. Raymond (P)       1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .500
TOTALS               41 12  5  8  2  8  7  0

   2B:  J. Blanchard (11), H. Lopez (22)
   HR:  B. Williams 2 (22)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      P. Richert  5.0  5  0  1  3  3  3  74   2.48
      B. Schultz  1.0  2  0  0  1  1  1  17   3.60
       B. Duliba  2.0  2  1  1  2  2  1  28   4.55
      C. Raymond  2.0  1  0  1  1  1  2  27   5.17
          TOTALS 10.0 10  1  3  7  7  7 146

     WP: C. Raymond (5-1)
     LP: A. McBean (7-2)

     Attendance: 17,413
     Time: 3:27