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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
1962 World Series
GAME THREE
October 21, 1962
Horizon Field (Las Vegas, NV)
The Rookie
Game Three, in front of 32,000 at Horizon Field, matched 14-year-veteran Yankee ace Whitey Ford against the 19-year-old Nevada rookie Dave McNally (11-8, 2.77). New York skipper Ralph Houk had originally slated his own rookie, Al Downing, to start Game Three, but the 10-4 Duster victory in Game Two made him reconsider. Ben Naylor started Cam Carreon behind the plate rather than Johnny Blanchard, explaining that Carreon's .326 average against left-handed pitching beat Blanchard's .208 mark. Ford and McNally put on a clinic in the early frames and Vic Power's double in the home 3rd was the first hit of the game. Ken Hubbs opened the Nevada 5th with a walk and Carreon and McNally singled to load the bases. Lee Maye's grounder scored Hubbs. The Yankees issued a pass to slugger Billy Williams, loading the bases again, but Ford induced a ground out from Hector Lopez to end the Nevada threat. McNally seemed unfazed by the pressure of the slim 1-0 lead. It was Elston Howard, in the Yankee 8th, that ruined the Nevada hurler's bid for a no-hitter. In the 9th, McNally walked pinch hitter Steve Bilko and Roger Maris. At that point Naylor made the decision to relieve McNally. "It was a tough call to make," confessed Nails, after the game. "It would have been great for the kid to get a complete game shutout in his first World Series appearance." But McNally had thrown 109 pitches, and Nails had a hunch the middle of the Yankee order might be on the verge of figuring the starter out. In came closer Bill Dailey with two on and one gone. Eddie Mathews popped up and Dailey K'd Mickey Mantle for the final out. The crowd went wild, the Dusters swarmed Dailey on the mound, and then carried McNally off the field, just as the Yankees had done for Game One-winner Ralph Terry. Conn Hudson's unshakeable faith in the rookie starter seemed fully vindicated, and Nevada's 2-1 lead in the series was beginning to worry the New York club, the oddsmakers, and the pundits who had predicted smooth sailing for the Yankees.


New York Yankees at Nevada Dusters
October 21, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Dave McNally takes the mound for the Dusters.
Bobby Richardson grounded to third. <--->
Roger Maris popped up to short. <--->
Eddie Mathews lined out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Whitey Ford takes the mound for the Yankees.
Vic Power flied out to left. <--->
Lee Maye lined out to short. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Mickey Mantle flied out to right. <--->
Bill Skowron walked. <--1>
Yogi Berra grounded to short. <-2->
Elston Howard grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Hector Lopez grounded to short. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to first base. <--->
Tom Tresh walked. <--1>
Ken Hubbs grounded to third. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Roy McMillan flied out to left. <--->
Whitey Ford lined out to center. <--->
Bobby Richardson grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Cam Carreon grounded to first. <--->
Dave McNally grounded to third. <--->
Vic Power doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Lee Maye walked. <-21>
Billy Williams grounded to short. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the third, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Roger Maris flied out to right. <--->
Eddie Mathews grounded to first. <--->
Mickey Mantle grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Hector Lopez grounded to short. <--->
Clete Boyer lined out to left field. <--->
Tom Tresh popped up to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Bill Skowron grounded to first. <--->
Yogi Berra grounded to third. <--->
Elston Howard popped up to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Ken Hubbs walked. <--1>
Cam Carreon singled up the middle. <-21>
Dave McNally singled to center field. <321>
Vic Power grounded to short, forcing the runner at home. <321>
Lee Maye grounded to second, scoring a run. <3-1>
Billy Williams walked. <321>
Hector Lopez grounded to second. <321>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Roy McMillan grounded to second. <--->
Whitey Ford struck out. <--->
Bobby Richardson flied out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, New York trails 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Clete Boyer popped up to second. <--->
Tom Tresh popped up to second. <--->
Ken Hubbs singled through the left side. <--1>
Cam Carreon grounded to third. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Johnny Blanchard came in to play Right Field. <--->
Roger Maris grounded to short. <--->
Eddie Mathews grounded to short. <--->
Mickey Mantle flied out to center field. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, New York trails 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Dave McNally flied out to left field. <--->
Vic Power singled to center. <--1>
Lee Maye grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Johnny Schaive came in to play Second Base. <--->
Bill Skowron struck out. <--->
Yogi Berra grounded to second. <--->
Elston Howard singled in the left field gap. <--1>
Roy McMillan flied out to center. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, New York trails 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Hector Lopez grounded to short. <--->
Clete Boyer flied out to left field. <--->
Tom Tresh flied out to left. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Steve Bilko pinch hit for Whitey Ford. <--->
Steve Bilko walked. <--1>
Bobby Richardson laid down a sacrifice bunt to the catcher. <-2->
Roger Maris walked. <-21>
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <-21>
Eddie Mathews popped up to short. <-21>
Mickey Mantle struck out. <-21>

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

NEW YORK             ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
B. Richardson (2B)    3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .269
R. Maris (RF)         3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .303
E. Mathews (3B)       4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .277
M. Mantle (CF)        4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .316
B. Skowron (1B)       2  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .301
Y. Berra (LF)         3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .288
E. Howard (C)         3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .297
R. McMillan (SS)      3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .263
W. Ford (P)           2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .188
 S. Bilko (PH)        0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .246
TOTALS               27  1  3  0  0  0  3  0


        NEW YORK   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
         W. Ford  8.0  5  4  0  1  1  1 111   3.24
          TOTALS  8.0  5  4  0  1  1  1 111

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .298
L. Maye (CF)          3  0  1  0  0  1  0  0    .300
B. Williams (RF)      2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .314
 J. Blanchard (RF)    1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .234
H. Lopez (LF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .320
C. Boyer (3B)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .274
T. Tresh (SS)         3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .219
K. Hubbs (2B)         2  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .232
 J. Schaive (2B)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .249
C. Carreon (C)        3  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .259
D. McNally (P)        3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .222
 B. Dailey (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               29  5  4  1  0  1  1  0

   2B:  V. Power

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
      D. McNally  8.1  1  3  0  0  0  2 109   2.77
       B. Dailey  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  10   2.45
          TOTALS  9.0  1  3  0  0  0  3 119

     WP: D. McNally
     LP: W. Ford
     SV: B. Dailey

     Temperature: 44F
     Wind: Calm
     Attendance: 32,321
     Time: 2:18