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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
NL Leaderboard - Hitting (as of 9.8)

Batting Average: Joe Torre (PIT) .329 ... Billy Williams (NEV) .322 ... Hector Lopez (NEV) .321 ... Hank Aaron (CHC) .315 ... Roberto Clemente (PIT) .315 ... Tony Gonzalez (PHI) .309 ... Felipe Alou (SFG) .308 ... Curt Flood (STL) .308 ... Stan Musial (STL) .303 ... Andre Rodgers (CHC) .302
Doubles: Felipe Alou (SFG) 33 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 32 ... Roberto Clemente (PIT) 31 ... Vada Pinson (CIN) 30 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) 30 ... Curt Flood (STL) 30 ... Stan Musial (STL) 30 ... Andre Rodgers (CHC) 29 ... Jim Davenport (SFG) 29 ... Hank Aaron (CHC) 28
Extra Base Hits: Hank Aaron (CHC) 74 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 69 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) 65 ... Ron Santo (CHC) 60 ... Roberto Clemente (PIT) 59 ... Willie Mays (SFG) 57 ... Felipe Alou (SFG) 51 ... Stan Musial (STL) 51 ... Vada Pinson (CIN) 50 ... Hector Lopez (NEV) 48
Hits: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 175 ... Felipe Alou (SFG) 168 ... Maury Wills (LAD) 165 ... Hank Aaron (CHC) 161 ... Willie Davis (LAD) 158 ... Curt Flood (STL) 157 ... Vada Pinson (CIN) 155 ... Ron Santo (CHC) 146 ... Lou Brock (CHC) 145 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 145
Home Runs: Hank Aaron (CHC) 40 ... Ron Santo (CHC) 36 ... Johnny Blanchard (NEV) 33 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) 30 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 27 ... Willie Mays (SFG) 26 ... Jim Gentile (STL) 26 ... Ernie Banks (CHC) 22 ... Dick Stuart (PIT) 22 ... Hector Lopez (NEV) 21
On Base Average: Roy Sievers (PHI) .404 ... Jim Gentile (STL) .403 ... Willie McCovey (SFG) .402 ... Joe Torre (PIT) .401 ... Willie Mays (SFG) .401 ... Billy Williams (NEV) .396 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) .394 ... Hank Aaron (CHC) .392 ... Stan Musial (STL) .386 ... Andre Rodgers (CHC) .381
OPS: Hank Aaron (CHC) 1.020 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 1.012 ... Willie Mays (SFG) .966 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) .945 ... Hector Lopez (NEV) .908 ... Roy Sievers (PHI) .903 ... Willie McCovey (SFG) .899 ... Jim Gentile (STL) .898 ... Ron Santo (CHC) .896 ... Stan Musial (STL) .884
RBIs: Hank Aaron (CHC) 106 ... Ron Santo (CHC) 104 ... Willie Mays (SFG) 98 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 88 ... Johnny Blanchard (NEV) 87 ... Frank Robinson (CIN0 85 ... Felipe Alou (SFG) 83 ... Dic Stuart (PIT) 76 ... Jim Gentile (STL) 76 ... Willie Davis (LAD) 74
Runs: Hank Aaron (CHC) 97 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) 94 ... Ron Santo (CHC) 91 ... Willie Mays (SFG) 89 ... Roberto Clemente (PIT) 88 ... Maury Wills (LAD) 87 ... Lou Brock (CHC) 82 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 81 ... Willie Davis (LAD) 80 ... Bob Skinner (PIT) 78
Slugging Average: Hank Aaron (CHC) .628 ... Billy Williams (NEV) .616 ... Willie Mays (SFG) .565 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) .551 ... Ron Santo (CHC) .539 ... Hector Lopez (NEV) .527 ... Roy Sievers (PHI) .499 ... Stan Musial (STL) .498 ... Willie McCovey (SFG) .497 ... Roberto Clemente (PHI) .495
Steals: Maury Wills (LAD) 74 ... Lou Brock (CHC) 62 ... Willie Davis (LAD) 36 ... Jim Gilliam (LAD) 24 ... Tony Taylor (PHI) 22 ... Vada Pinson (CIN) 20 ... Elio Chacon (SFG) 19 ... Jim McKnight (CHC) 17 ... Willie Mays (SFG) 16 ... Felipe Alou (SFG) 16
Total Bases: Hank Aaron (CHC) 321 ... Ron Santo (CHC) 283 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 278 ... Roberto Clemente (PHI) 275 ... Frank Robinson (CIN) 267 ... Felipe Alou (SFG) 253 ... Willie Mays (SFG) 245 ... Vada Pinson (CIN) 238 ... Willie Davis (LAD) 238 ... Hector Lopez (NEV) 236
Triples: Roberto Clemente (PIT) 15 ... Willie Davis (LAD) 13 ... Lou Brock (CHC) 12 ... Don Taussig (HOU) 11 ... Wally Moon (LAD) 11 ... Bob Skinner (PIT) 11 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 10 ... Duke Snider (LAD) 8 ... Vada Pinson (CIN) 7 ... Lee Walls (LAD) 7

NOTES: Billy Williams (NEV) is in the top ten in twelve of the thirteen categories. Maury Wills, Willie Davis and Jim Gilliam of the Dodgers are three of the four top base-stealers, with a combined 134 base thefts. Hank Aaron is league leader in seven categories -- Extra Base Hits, Home Runs, OPS, RBIs, Runs, Slugging and Total Bases.

Maury Wills of the Dodgers, stealing a base

Nevada Dusters (81-51) @ New York Mets (52-80)
September 8-10, 1962
Polo Grounds, New York, NY

DL:  Roger Repoz (CF-Montana Wolves), broken ankle, 59 days.

New York Mets Game 1 starting lineup:
Sammy Drake (RF), Felix Mantilla (SS), Ed Bouchee (1B), Frank Thomas (LF), Joe Hickman (CF), Don Zimmer (2B), Harry Chiti (C), Bobby Pfeil (3B), Jim Archer (SP)

[September 8, Game 1]
The injury-riddled Mets, without the services of starting pitchers Jay Hook and Larry Foss as well as outfielders Richie Ashburn and John DeMerit, played host to a Duster team with red-hot bats, and none were hotter than lead-off man Vic Power, who was 6-for-6 on the day with four runs and four RBIs. Power tripled and scored in the 1st, singled and scored in the 2nd and hit an RBI double in the 3rd to give Nevada a 3-1 lead. The Dusters added a run in the 4th and the 5th against Mets starter Jim Archer (4-4), and blew the game wide open in the 7th facing reliever Clem Labine. Power hit a two-run double and later scored when Mets catcher Harry Chiti allowed a passed ball. Hector Lopez hammered a solo home run before the inning was over, making it 9-2, and many of the 56,000 on hand at the Polo Grounds began to depart. Another RBI double by Power -- his third two-bagger of the day -- and a two-run double by Lopez in the 9th made it a 12-2 drubbing as the Dusters collected eighteen hits to seven for the home team. Nevada starter Pete Richert improved to 6-4 as he allowed one run on four hits while striking out four in five innings. Lopez finished 3-for-5 with five ribbies, Clete Boyer 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Schaive, Tresh, Richert
Record: 82-51
Dusters 12, Mets 2
[September 9, Game 2]
Nevada starter Bob Shaw pitched just five innings, but it wasn't because he didn't pitch well, because in those five innings he allowed just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out three. The problem was that after collecting a pair of runs in the 1st, the Dusters could make no further headway against Mets starter Jim Archer, and after an error by Hector Lopez allowed a New York run to score in the 4th, cutting the Duster lead in half, Ben Naylor pinch hit for Shaw in the top of the 6th, two out and two on, hoping to expand the lead. The strategy failed, and in the Mets 7th, with reliever Bob Duliba on the mound, Ed Bouchee tied the game with an RBI double. The Dusters left a man stranded at third in the 8th, but finally regained the lead in the 9th, which Vic Power opened with a double. Lopez singled, Williams drove in Power, and Lopez tagged up and scored on a Clete Boyer sac fly to deep center field, making it 4-2. Claude Raymond allowed a run in the bome 9th but held on to get the win, improving his record to 6-1. Billy Williams went 4-for-5 on the day, lifting his average to a team-leading .325, while Boyer and second baseman Johnny Schaive both went 3-for-4.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Boyer, Adair, Schaive, Tresh, Carreon, Shaw
Record: 83-51
Dusters 4, Mets 2
[September 10, Game 3]
Another sellout crowd of 56,000 was on hand at the Polo Grounds, hoping to see their Mets avoid being swept by the visiting Dusters. Those hopes rested on a 19-year-old rookie southpaw named Jerry Koosman (3-6), facing Nevada starter Tony Cloninger (11-7) who, according to Conn Hudson, seemed to be pitching better with every start. This start was no exception -- Cloninger allowed five hits scattered through eight innings, striking out seven in the process. The closest the Mets came to scoring in the early going was two-out triple by Jim Hickman in the 4th. Then, in the 6th, an error by Nevada shortstop Jerry Adair and a walk to Hickman loaded the bases for New York with two outs; Cloninger struck out Don Zimmer to end the threat. Meanwhile the Dusters scored a 2nd inning run on a wild pitch by Koosman, and in the 3rd Koosman walked the first two batters on his way to a bases-loaded jam which produced three more Nevada runs on three hits, all of them singles. Cloninger collected his twelfth win, Koosman lasted five innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Lou Johnson and Mack Jones got rare starts in the outfield as Ben Naylor rested Billy Williams and Lee Maye. Both teams committed two errors, and Nails chastised his players after the game, reminding them that they were in the thick of a pennant race and that "every game, every at-bat, every out, is important." Vic Power finished the series with four doubles, a triple, six runs scored,  and four RBIs.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Boyer, Adair, Blanchard, Johnson, Schaive, Jones, Cloninger
Record: 84-51
Dusters 4, Mets 0

NL: (1) Pittsburgh 85-50, (2) Nevada (84-51), (3) San Francisco 83-55
AL: (1) Minnesota 80-55, (2) Baltimore 82-57, (3) New York 79-57

Jerry Koosman (NYM)

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 13,964 ..... Revenue: $36.5M ..... Profit: $12.7M ..... Cash: $16.3M ..... Team Payroll: $21.2M

Series stats:
2Bs: Power (4), Boyer, Lopez, Adair (2), Schaive (2), Williams (2), Johnson
3Bs: Power
HRs: Lopez
SBs: Tresh
Runs: Power (6), Lopez (2), Williams (2), Adair (3), Schaive (2), Tresh, Jones, Oliva, Boyer (2)
RBIs: Power (4), Lopez (5), Boyer (5), Williams, Adair (2), Johnson, Schaive, Cloninger

Around the leagues:
HOU--Merritt Ranew (C), dislocated shoulder, three weeks.
NYM--Jim Archer (P), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.
WSA--Tom Cheney (P), chipped knee cap, two weeks.
HOU--Walt Williams (RF), sprained finger, two weeks.

PIT signed free agent Georges Maranda (P) for $320,000/1 yr.

FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at New York Mets
September 9, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Jim Archer takes the mound for the Mets.
Vic Power grounded to first. <--->
Hector Lopez flied out to center. <--->
Billy Williams singled to right. <--1>
Billy Williams went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Clete Boyer singled to right-center, scoring a run. <--1>
Jerry Adair doubled down the third base line, scoring a run. <-2->
Johnny Schaive popped up to second. <-2->
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the first, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Bob Shaw takes the mound for the Dusters.
Sammy Drake flied out to left. <--->
Charlie Neal walked. <--1>
Ed Bouchee grounded to short. <-2->
Frank Thomas struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the first, New York trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Tom Tresh lined out to right. <--->
Cam Carreon popped up to short. <--->
Bob Shaw struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Jim Hickman grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Bobby Pfeil popped up to second. <--->
Hobie Landrith grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, New York trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Vic Power popped up behind home plate. <--->
Hector Lopez flied out to right. <--->
Billy Williams flied out to center. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Rod Kanehl dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
Jim Archer grounded to second. <--->
Sammy Drake singled to left. <--1>
Charlie Neal grounded to the second baseman. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, New York trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Clete Boyer singled to center. <--1>
Jerry Adair popped up to short. <--1>
Johnny Schaive singled to center field. <-21>
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <32->
Cam Carreon walked. <321>
Bob Shaw popped up to the shortstop. <321>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Ed Bouchee walked. <--1>
Frank Thomas walked. <-21>
Jim Hickman struck out. <-21>
Bobby Pfeil reached second on a fielding error by the right fielder - a run scored. <32->
Hobie Landrith grounded to short. The lead runner was tagged out at home. <3-1>
Rod Kanehl struck out. <3-1>
1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, New York trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Vic Power grounded to third. <--->
Hector Lopez grounded to first. <--->
Billy Williams doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Clete Boyer grounded to third. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Jim Archer reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman. <--1>
Sammy Drake singled to left. <-21>
Charlie Neal grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-3). <3-->
Ed Bouchee flied out to center. <3-->
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, New York trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Jerry Adair flied out to right. <--->
Johnny Schaive singled over the third baseman. <--1>
Johnny Schaive went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Johnny Schaive was caught stealing third. <--->
Tom Tresh hit an infield single to short. <--1>
Tom Tresh stole second. <-2->
Cam Carreon singled up the middle. <3-1>
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Bob Shaw. <3-1>
Gordy Coleman lined out to second. <3-1>
0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Frank Thomas doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Jim Hickman grounded to second. <3-->
Bobby Pfeil struck out. <3-->
Hobie Landrith walked. <3-1>
Gus Bell pinch hit for Rod Kanehl. <3-1>
Gus Bell struck out. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, New York trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Don Zimmer came in to play Second Base. <--->
Vic Power popped up to second. <--->
Hector Lopez reached first on a fielding error by the center fielder. <--1>
Billy Williams singled to center. <-21>
Clete Boyer singled to right. <321>
Hector Lopez went for an extra base and was thrown out at home. <-21>
Jerry Adair grounded to second. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Nevada leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Joe Christopher pinch hit for Jim Archer. <--->
Joe Christopher struck out. <--->
Sammy Drake flied out to center. <--->
Charlie Neal singled to center. <--1>
Ed Bouchee doubled in the left field gap, scoring a run. <-2->
Frank Thomas struck out. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Bob Miller came in to pitch for the Mets. <--->
Johnny Schaive singled to right field. <--1>
Johnny Schaive went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Tom Tresh grounded to first. <3-->
The Mets brought the infield in.
Cam Carreon popped up to short. <3-->
Tony Oliva pinch hit for Bob Duliba. <3-->
Tony Oliva grounded to short. <3-->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Jim Hickman grounded to second. <--->
Bobby Pfeil walked. <--1>
Hobie Landrith popped up to third. <--1>
Bobby Pfeil stole second. <-2->
Don Zimmer grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Vic Power doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
Hector Lopez singled up the middle. <3-1>
Billy Williams singled to right, scoring a run. <3-1>
Clete Boyer flied out to center. <3-1>
Hector Lopez tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <--1>
Jerry Adair reached second on a throwing error by the first baseman. <32->
Mack Jones pinch hit for Johnny Schaive. <32->
Stu Miller came in to pitch for the Mets. <32->
Mack Jones struck out. <32->
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <32->
2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 4 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Rick Herrscher pinch hit for Stu Miller. <--->
Cookie Rojas came in to play Second Base. <--->
Rick Herrscher struck out. <--->
Sammy Drake singled to right. <--1>
Charlie Neal laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Ed Bouchee singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--1>
Frank Thomas grounded to short. <--1>

DUSTERS WIN: 4-3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2    4 15  2
          Mets (NYM) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1    3  7  2

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .303
H. Lopez (RF)         5  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .323
B. Williams (LF)      5  4  0  1  0  1  0  0    .325
C. Boyer (3B)         4  3  0  1  0  2  0  0    .275
J. Adair (SS)         5  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .287
J. Schaive (2B)       4  3  0  0  0  0  0  0    .247
 M. Jones (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .214
 C. Rojas (2B)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
T. Tresh (CF)         5  1  0  0  0  0  0  1    .217
C. Carreon (C)        3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .224
B. Shaw (P)           2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .048
 G. Coleman (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .304
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .250
 T. Oliva (PH)        1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .500
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               41 15  1  4  0  4  2  1

   2B:  V. Power (26), J. Schaive 2 (15), B. Williams 2 (34), J. Adair (16)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
         B. Shaw  5.0  2  3  0  1  1  3  77   2.46
       B. Duliba  2.0  3  1  0  1  1  4  40   4.91
      C. Raymond  1.2  2  1  0  1  1  1  33   4.20
       B. Dailey  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  0   3   2.40
          TOTALS  9.0  7  5  0  3  3  8 153

NEW YORK             ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
S. Drake (RF)         5  3  0  1  0  0  0  0    .190
C. Neal (SS)          3  1  1  1  0  0  0  0    .268
E. Bouchee (1B)       4  2  1  1  0  2  0  0    .264
F. Thomas (LF)        4  1  1  0  0  0  2  0    .297
J. Hickman (CF)       4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .211
B. Pfeil (3B)         3  0  1  0  0  0  1  1    .188
H. Landrith (C)       3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .212
R. Kanehl (2B)        2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .091
 G. Bell (PH)         1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .228
 D. Zimmer (2B)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .233
J. Archer (P)         2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .122
 J. Christopher (PH)  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .131
 B. Miller (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
 S. Miller (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 R. Herrscher (PH)    1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .000
TOTALS               34  7  5  3  0  2  8  1

   2B:  E. Bouchee (27), F. Thomas (12)

        NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
       J. Archer  7.0 11  1  0  2  2  1 105   3.34
       B. Miller  1.1  4  0  0  2  2  0  31   3.45
       S. Miller  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  11   1.98
          TOTALS  9.0 15  1  0  4  4  2 147

     WP: C. Raymond (6-1)
     LP: B. Miller (10-10)
     SV: B. Dailey (15)

     Attendance: 56,000
     Time: 3:21