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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Mets
August 20-22, 1962
What Really Happened in 1962
8.1--Boston's Bill Monbouquette pitches a no-hitter in a 1-0 Red Sox victory over the White Sox.
8.1--The Tigers and A's tie an AL record with 32 walks drawn in a doubleheader.
8.2--Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Art Mahaffey hits a grand slam to lead his team to a 9-4 triumph over the Mets.
8.3--Frank Thomas (NYM) becomes the second player in NL history to hit six homers in three consecutive games (two in each game).
8.4--After a doubleheader loss to the Mets, Reds skipper Fred Hutchinson is so disgusted with his team that he refuses to enter the visitors' clubhouse at the Polo Grounds until his players have departed the premises.
8.11--The Dodgers accuse the Giants of wetting down the field at Candlestick to slow LA's fleet-footed shortstop Maury Wills. The scheme earns San Francisco skipper Alvin Dark the soubriquet of "Swamp Fox."
8.15--The Mets tie a ML record for pinch-hit home runs in a single game with two (Choo-Choo Coleman and Jim Hickman) in a 8-7 loss to the Phillies.
8.16--Frank Robinson (CIN) hits two homers for the second night in a row, making nine in eight games.
8.19--In a 21-7 trouncing of the A's by the Yankees, Elston Howard has two homers and eight RBIs, while Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam and seven ribbies. Gino Cimoli, Wayne Causey and Billy Bryan hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the Philadelphia 7th.
8.20--Roger Maris hits his 49th home run and Mickey Mantle his 46th as the Yankees win both halves of a doubleheader with the Indians.
8.24--Dodger skipper Leo Durocher nearly dies from an allergic reaction to a penincillin injection administered in the Polo Grounds clubhouse.
8.25--Pirates players call off a proposed strike to protest a rain-out being rescheduled for the night before a doubleheader.
8.26--The Cubs set a NL record with three straight sac bunts in a 4-1 win over the Braves.
8.30--The 3-2 Giants victory over the Braves ties a ML record with all five runs scored on homers.


Nevada Dusters Fielding Report
Jerry Adair (2B/SS), 105g, 914inn, 391a, 207po, 59dp, 11e, .979 (SS), .985 (2B)
Johnny Blanchard (C), 110g, 951inn, 60a, 592po, 0dp, 13e, .993 (42% caught stealing)
Clete Boyer (3B), 99g, 890inn, 270a, 56po, 19dp, 12e, .964
Doug Camilli (C), 31g, 226inn, 29a, 280po, 23dp, 1e, .990, (46% caught stealing)
Gordy Coleman (1B), 12g, 103inn, 12a, 133po, 10dp, 0e, 1.000
Ken Hubbs (2B/SS), 51g, 341inn, 113a, 92po, 16dp, 5e, .923 (SS), .980 (2B)
Lou Johnson (LF), 1g, 6inn, 0a, 1po, 0dp, 0e, 1.000
Mack Jones (CF), 31g, 280inn, 2a, 61po, 1dp, 1e, .985
Hector Lopez (RF/LF), 100g, 882inn, 13a, 143po, 0dp, 7e, .966 (RF), .972 (LF)
Lee Maye (CF/RF), 68g, 565inn, 1a, 110po, 0dp, 2e, .984 (CF), .981 (RF)
Bubba Morton (OF), 7g, 62inn, 0a, 10po, 0dp, 0e, 1.000
Vic Power (1B), 103g, 859inn, 98a, 993po, 62dp, 4e, .996
Johnny Schaive (SS/2B)/3B), 97g, 800inn, 293a, 163po, 43dp, 19e, .955 (SS), .923 (3B), .974 (2B)
Tom Tresh (SS/CF), 99g, 756inn, 78a, 162po, 18dp, 7e, .990 (CF), .962 (SS)
Billy Williams (RF/LF), 103g, 901inn, 3a, 151po, 0dp, 5e, .962 (RF), .970 (LF)


Nevada Dusters (70-47) @ New York Mets (50-67)
August 20-22, 1962
Polo Grounds, New York, NY

DL: Bill Dailey (RP), dislocated shoulder, six days. Dave McNally (SP), shoulder tendonitis, five days. Jerry Adair (2B), mild shoulder separation, eight days. Roger Repoz (CF-Montana Wolves), broken ankle, 78 days.

MOVES
Cam Carreon (C) called up from AAA Bakersfield. Doug Camilli (C) sent down to AAA Bakersfield.

New York Mets Game 1 starting lineup:
John DeMerit (RF), Bobby Del Greco (CF), Gil Hodges (1B), Frank Thomas (LF), Felix Mantilla (SS), Don Zimmer (2B), Harry Chiti (C), Bobby Pfeil (3B), Dennis Musgraves (SP)

[August 20, Game 1]
The Dusters traveled to the Big Apple for a series with the Mets and faced 18-year-old rookie Dennis Musgraves in his first major league start. (Starters Camilo Pascual and Jim Kaat were on the DL.) Musgraves performed well, giving up three hits in seven innings. But one of those hits was a Billy Williams homer that put the Dusters on top 2-0 in the 3rd. New York rightfielder John DeMerit's RBI triple in the 5th cut the Nevada lead in half. Sensing that starter Pete Richert was fading, Ben Naylor inserted reliever Jim Umbricht in the 6th, but Gil Hodges reached on a fielding error by Billy Williams and later scored to tie the game. Vic Power tripled in the Nevada 8th and scored on a squeeze play as Lee Maye laid down a perfect bunt along the first base line. Bob Duliba held the Mets scoreless in the home 8th and Claude Raymond did likewise in the 9th for his eleventh save of the year. Umbricht got the win and Billy Williams his 24th homer. The Pirates and the Giants also won.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Hubbs, Schaive, Richert
Record: 71-47
Dusters 3, Mets 2
[August 21, Game 2]
With the Reds and Giants next in line on the schedule and ace Bob Shaw taking the hill, Ben Naylor decided to rest starters Billy Williams and Vic Power, placing Mack Jones in center and Lee Maye in right. Coleman made the most of his appearance on lineup card, going 2-for-3 (both doubles) on the day while Maye went 3-for-4. But it was Hector Lopez and Johnny Blanchard who got the RBI singles that gave the Dusters a 2-0 victory as Shaw pitched a complete game shutout to improve his record to 17-2. The Mets had a couple of scoring opportunities but always fell short -- in the 1st, with a man on first and third and one out, Gus Bell grounded into a 5-4-3 twin killing, and in the 7th, with men on second and third and two out, pinch-hitter Gil Hodges grounded out. Shaw finished with a line of seven hits, three walks and four K's and the Dusters found themselves in second place in the NL, still two games back of the Pirates (who won their game) and a half-game up on the Giants (who lost).
Lineup: Coleman, Maye, Lopez, Blanchard, Boyer, Hubbs, Jones, Schaive, Shaw
Record: 72-47
Dusters 2, Mets 0
[August 22, Game 3]
Catcher Cam Carreon, recently acquired in a trade with the White Sox, got his first start as backstop as Tony Cloninger (7-7) took on lefty Jim Archer (6-5). It was the top of the Nevada lineup that gave Archer problems, with Vic Power going 3-for-5 with two runs and Lee Maye 2-for-4 with a run scored. Both singled in the first, Billy Williams reached on an error to fill the bases, and Archer walked Hector Lopez for the first Nevada run. A Clete Boyer grounder scored Maye, and it was 2-0 Dusters. Power opened the 5th with a single and later scored on a Lopez grounder. The first hit Cloninger gave up was a solo homer by Gus Bell in the Mets 6th. Boyer's RBI triple in the 8th made it 4-1 Nevada. New York scored a run in the 8th and got a baserunner as far as third when Carreon allowed a passed ball in the 9th, but Cloninger got the last out and won his eighth decision with a complete game performance in which he allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out six. The Dusters had not lost a series since July and were one game behind the NL-leading Pirates and a half-game ahead of the third-place Giants.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Schaive, Hubbs, Carreon, Cloninger
Record: 73-47
Dusters 4, Mets 2

The Polo Grounds
Home of the New York Mets 1962-63
Opened June 28, 1911
Last Game: September 18, 1963
Capacity: 55,000
Dimensions: 279 ft. (left), 455 ft. (left-center), 475 ft. (center), 449 ft. (right-center), 257.67 ft. (right)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,788 ..... Revenue: $32.9M ..... Profit: $11.2M ..... Cash: $14.8M ..... Team Payroll: $21.2M

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

Around the leagues:
SFG--Billy Pierce (P) gets the 200th win of his career.

WSA releases Joe McClain (P).

KCA--Ken Sanders (P), wrist stress fracture, four weeks.
CLE--Dick Donovan (P), dislocated hip, seven weeks.
STL--Ray Sadecki (P), hand stress fracture, two weeks.
CLE--Hal Jones (1B), finger stress fracture, two weeks.
LAD--Stan Williams (P), dislocated shoulder, two weeks.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at New York Mets
August 20, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Dennis Musgraves takes the mound for the Mets.
Vic Power lined out to center. <--->
Lee Maye walked. <--1>
Billy Williams grounded to the pitcher. <-2->
Hector Lopez lined out to right. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Pete Richert takes the mound for the Dusters.
John DeMerit doubled over the center fielder. <-2->
Bobby Del Greco grounded to short. <3-->
Gil Hodges grounded to third. <3-->
Frank Thomas grounded to short. <3-->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Johnny Blanchard singled over the first baseman. <--1>
Clete Boyer struck out. <--1>
Ken Hubbs struck out. <--1>
Johnny Schaive struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Felix Mantilla popped up to second. <--->
Don Zimmer walked. <--1>
Don Zimmer was caught stealing second. <--->
Harry Chiti struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Pete Richert grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Vic Power singled to left. <--1>
Lee Maye flied out to center. <--1>
Billy Williams homered around the foul pole in left for two RBIs. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to the pitcher. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Bobby Pfeil singled down the right field line. <--1>
Dennis Musgraves grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
John DeMerit reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. <--1>
Bobby Del Greco singled up the middle. <-21>
Gil Hodges popped up behind home plate. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the third, New York trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Johnny Blanchard popped up to short. <--->
Clete Boyer popped up to the third baseman. <--->
Ken Hubbs grounded to the second baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Frank Thomas singled through the left side. <--1>
Felix Mantilla grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
Don Zimmer grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, New York trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Schaive walked. <--1>
Pete Richert grounded to first for a double play (3-6-1). <--->
Vic Power popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Harry Chiti flied out to left. <--->
Bobby Pfeil popped up behind home plate. <--->
Dennis Musgraves singled down the third base line. <--1>
John DeMerit tripled to right, scoring a run. <3-->
Bobby Del Greco grounded to the third baseman. <3-->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, New York trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Lee Maye grounded to second. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <--->
Hector Lopez walked. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to short. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Jim Umbricht came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Gil Hodges reached first on a fielding error by the right fielder. <--1>
Frank Thomas flied out to right. <--1>
Felix Mantilla singled to center, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Don Zimmer grounded to third, scoring a run. <--1>
Harry Chiti grounded to first base. <--1>
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Clete Boyer struck out. <--->
Ken Hubbs popped up to second. <--->
Johnny Schaive grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Bobby Pfeil flied out to right. <--->
Ed Bouchee pinch hit for Dennis Musgraves. <--->
Ed Bouchee grounded to the pitcher. <--->
John DeMerit popped up to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Clem Labine came in to pitch for the Mets. <--->
Mack Jones pinch hit for Jim Umbricht. <--->
Mack Jones popped up to first base. <--->
Vic Power doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Vic Power went for an extra base and reached third. <3-->
The Mets brought the infield in.
Lee Maye bunts for a base hit down the first base line, scoring a run. <--1>
Billy Williams lined out to right. <--1>
Hector Lopez grounded to first. <--1>
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Tom Tresh came in to play Shortstop. <--->
Bobby Del Greco was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Gil Hodges popped up foul down the first base line. <--1>
Frank Thomas grounded to second. <-2->
Felix Mantilla grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, New York trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Johnny Blanchard popped up foul down the third base line. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to first. <--->
Ken Hubbs doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Tom Tresh flied out to left. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 3 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Don Zimmer singled to left. <--1>
Harry Chiti bunts for a base hit in front of first. <-21>
Bobby Pfeil struck out. <-21>
Gus Bell pinch hit for Clem Labine. <-21>
Gus Bell struck out. <-21>
John DeMerit grounded to second. <-21>

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

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         4  2  0  2  0  0  0  0    .299
L. Maye (CF)          3  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .280
B. Williams (RF)      4  1  0  1  1  2  0  0    .326
H. Lopez (LF)         3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .321
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .238
C. Boyer (3B)         4  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .273
K. Hubbs (2B)         4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .225
J. Schaive (SS)       2  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .244
 T. Tresh (SS)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .217
P. Richert (P)        2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 J. Umbricht (P)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .221
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
TOTALS               32  6  3  3  1  3  4  0

   2B:  K. Hubbs (7)
   3B:  V. Power (4)
   HR:  B. Williams (24)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      P. Richert  5.0  6  1  0  1  1  1  69   2.43
     J. Umbricht  2.0  1  0  0  1  0  0  33   5.11
       B. Duliba  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  15   5.03
      C. Raymond  1.0  2  0  0  0  0  2  17   4.76
          TOTALS  9.0  9  1  0  2  1  3 134

NEW YORK             ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
J. DeMerit (RF)       5  2  0  0  0  1  0  0    .271
B. Del Greco (CF)     3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .235
G. Hodges (1B)        4  0  0  1  0  0  0  0    .259
F. Thomas (LF)        4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .294
F. Mantilla (SS)      4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .253
D. Zimmer (2B)        3  1  1  0  0  1  0  0    .246
H. Chiti (C)          4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .227
B. Pfeil (3B)         4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .183
D. Musgraves (P)      2  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .500
 E. Bouchee (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .265
 C. Labine (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 G. Bell (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .237
TOTALS               35  9  1  2  0  2  3  0

   2B:  J. DeMerit (24)
   3B:  J. DeMerit (5)

        NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    D. Musgraves  7.0  3  3  1  2  2  4  89   2.57
       C. Labine  2.0  3  0  0  1  1  0  28   3.69
          TOTALS  9.0  6  3  1  3  3  4 117

     WP: J. Umbricht (1-0)
     LP: C. Labine (1-6)
     SV: C. Raymond (11)

     Attendance: 50,970
     Time: 2:34