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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dusters @ Cubs
April 10-12, 1962
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What Really Happened in 1962
Jan. 1 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held at the future site of the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
Jan. 23 -- Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
Jan. 26 -- Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris sign contracts with Columbia Pictures to appear in a feature film entitled Safe at Home, which will be shot during spring training.
Jan. 28 -- The Veterans Committee elect Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jan. 30 -- The New York Mets sign first baseman Gil Hodges to a $33,000 contract.
Jan. 31 -- Willie Mays signs baseball's biggest contract -- $90,000 -- with the San Francisco Giants.
Feb. 8 -- The FTC accuses Topps of illegally monopolizing the baseball card industry.
Feb. 27 -- An architect proposes wrapping Candlestick Park in plastic to shield it from the wind.
Mar. 6 -- St. Louis voters approve a bond issue that will fund a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals.
Mar. 22 -- A former Giant player who remains anonymous claims Bobby Thompson's pennant-winning homer in the 1951 playoffs against the Dodgers was the result of sign-stealing. Thompson and former Giants manager Leo Durocher deny the charges.
Mar. 23 -- William DeWitt buys the Cincinnati Reds from the Crosley Foundation for $4.6 million.
Mar. 25 -- El Tappe is announced as the first head coach of the Chicago Cubs for the 1962 season. The Cubs have not had a manager since 1960, but have been run by the so-called "College of Coaches."
Apr. 1 -- University of Detroit basketball star Dave DeBusschere signs with the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher.
Apr. 9 -- President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball on Opening Day at the new District of Columbia Stadium, where a Washington record crowd of over 42,000 show up to watch the Senators defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

Kennedy throws out first ball at 1962 Washington Senators opener.

Nevada Dusters @ Chicago Cubs
April 10-12, 1962
Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

DL: Clete Boyer (3B), 7 days, strained finger.

TRADE OFFERS:
--Los Angeles Angels offer Bob Perry (OF) for Hector Lopez (OF). DECLINED.

Chicago Cubs Game 1 starting lineup
Lou Brock (CF), Bob Raudman (LF), Ron Santo (3B), Hank Aaron (RF), Ernie Banks (SS), Moe Morhardt (1B), Dick Bertell (C), Jim McKnight (2B), Dick Ellsworth (P)

[Game 1, April 10]
In his third start, at hallowed Wrigley Field against the 4-5 Chicago Cubs, Tony Cloninger pitched the sort of game that Conn Hudson and Ben Naylor were expecting from him, allowing the potent Cubs lineup that included Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron three runs -- only one of them earned -- on three hits through 7.2 innings of work. The Duster bats got down to business early, contributing two runs in the 2nd and three more in the 4th, with Cloninger himself hitting a two-run single in the latter frame. Chicago rallied in the 8th as Cloninger issued a pair of walks, Jerry Adair booted a ball hit by Chicago second baseman Jim McKnight, and Lou Brock tripled to score a pair and later went home on a Ron Santo sac fly to cut the Duster lead to 5-3. Ernie Banks singled to lead off the Cubs 9th but closer Claude Raymond earned his second save by striking out the next two batters and inducing McKnight to ground out, ending the game. Johnny Schaive went 4-for-4 on the day, scoring two runs, and Cloninger got his first win of the campaign.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Adair, Hubbs, Tresh, Schaive, Taylor, Camilli, Cloninger
Record: 5-5
Dusters 5, Cubs 3
[Game 2, April 11]
Duster hitters had a field day against Glen Hobbie, Jack Curtis and two more Cubs pitchers, collecting ten runs on fifteen hits while starter Steve Barber pitched a complete game, allowing  just one run on three hits. Nevada got started with a five-run 2nd featuring a three-RBI double by Billy Williams. (At the end of the day, Williams was tied with Houston's Billy Goodman for league leader in the RBI category, with 11.) Leading 7-1 going into the 8th, the Dusters added three more runs on four hits in that frame, including a two-bagger by Tom Tresh. Starting at first to rest Vic Power, Gordy Coleman added a solo homer in the 4th, going 3-for-5 on the day; Williams and Jerry Adair also finished 3-for-5. It was the first complete game thrown by a Nevada pitcher, and Barber had his first win in three starts. He held Banks to an 0-for-4 day and Hank Aaron went 0-for-2 with two bases on balls as Barber followed Ben Naylor's instructions to walk Aaron if he got behind in the count. The game also marked the return of catcher Johnny Blanchard (1-for-5 with two runs scored), fresh off the disabled list.
Lineup: Coleman, Maye, Williams, Tresh, Adair, Schaive, Hubbs, Blanchard, Barber
Record: 6-5
Dusters 10, Cubs 1
[Game 3, April 12]
With Clete Boyer still on the DL, Johnny Schaive -- who had been acquired primarily because he was adept at all the infield positions -- was tied up at third base. But Ben Naylor took a chance and started Hector Lopez at third for Game 3, moving Schaive to shortstop to give Jerry Adair a day off. Lopez went 2-for-4 -- both of his hits were doubles -- but also committed two errors, one of which resulted in a Cubs run. Tom Tresh opened the Nevada 2nd with a double and scored on a Lopez two-sacker; Lopez then scored on a Ken Hubbs sac fly to give the Dusters an early 2-0 lead. But the Cubs tied the game in the 4th, which Hank Aaron opened with a triple and went up 4-2 in the 5th when a Lopez error and two walks issued by starter Bob Shaw combined with an Ernie Banks single to produce two more Chicago runs. The Dusters tied it in the 7th but Ron Santo hit a three-bagger off reliever Bill Dailey in the Chicago half of the frame, and Aaron drove in Santo with a single.George Altman's solo homer in the 8th made it 6-4 Cubs, the final score. The Dusters headed home with a .500 record to take on the Dodgers for the second time.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Tresh, Lopez, Schaive, Hubbs, Blanchard, Shaw
Record: 6-6
Cubs 6, Dusters 4

Ernie Banks (CHC)


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Revenue: $2.4M ..... Profit: $305K ..... Cash: $4.9M ..... Team Payroll: $20.8M

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

Around the leagues:
NYY--Bill Skowron (1B), broken collarbone, four weeks.
CHC--Nelson Mathews (CF), torn elbow ligament, two months
LAD--Johnny Podres (P), torn rotator cuff, fifteen months
STL--Gene Oliver (C), ruptured cervical disc, three months

CIN releases Dave Hillman (P).


FEATURED GAME
Nevada Dusters at Chicago Cubs
April 10, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Dick Ellsworth takes the mound for the Cubs.
Vic Power singled to center. <--1>
Vic Power went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Hector Lopez grounded to third. <-2->
Jerry Adair struck out. <-2->
Ken Hubbs grounded to second. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Tony Cloninger takes the mound for the Dusters.
Lou Brock lined out to second. <--->
Bob Raudman grounded to first. <--->
Ron Santo lined out to second. <--->
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
Tom Tresh singled to right. <--1>
Johnny Schaive singled into the left field corner, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Hawk Taylor singled in the right field gap, scoring a run. <3-1>
Doug Camilli flied out to center. <3-1>
Johnny Schaive tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <--1>
Tony Cloninger laid down a sacrifice bunt to first. <-2->
Vic Power grounded to first. <-2->
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Hank Aaron popped up foul down the first base line. <--->
Ernie Banks flied out to center. <--->
Moe Morhardt grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, Chicago trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Hector Lopez grounded to second. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to first. <--->
Ken Hubbs grounded to the second baseman. <--->
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
Dick Bertell struck out. <--->
Jim McKnight lined out to center field. <--->
Dick Ellsworth grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, Chicago trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Tom Tresh struck out. <--->
Johnny Schaive singled through the left side. <--1>
Hawk Taylor walked. <-21>
Doug Camilli doubled to left-center, scoring a run. <32->
Tony Cloninger singled to right for two RBIs. <--1>
Vic Power popped up to second. <--1>
Hector Lopez flied out to right. <--1>
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Lou Brock grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Bob Raudman struck out. <--->
Ron Santo walked. <--1>
Hank Aaron lined out to left. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Chicago trails 5 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Jack Curtis came in to pitch for the Cubs. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Ken Hubbs popped up to second. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Ernie Banks hit an infield single to short. <--1>
Moe Morhardt struck out. <--1>
Dick Bertell lined out to center field. <--1>
Jim McKnight singled through the left side. <-21>
George Altman pinch hit for Jack Curtis. <-21>
George Altman grounded to the third baseman. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Chicago trails 5 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Cal Koonce came in to pitch for the Cubs. <--->
Johnny Schaive singled to right. <--1>
Hawk Taylor flied out to left. <--1>
Doug Camilli struck out. <--1>
Tony Cloninger grounded to short. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Lou Brock grounded to first base. <--->
Bob Raudman grounded to short. <--->
Ron Santo grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Chicago trails 5 to 0.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Vic Power flied out to right. <--->
Hector Lopez dribbled weakly to the catcher. <--->
Jerry Adair flied out to left field. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Hank Aaron struck out. <--->
Ernie Banks grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Moe Morhardt struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Chicago trails 5 to 0.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Ken Hubbs lined out to right field. <--->
Tom Tresh popped up to second. <--->
Johnny Schaive singled in the left field gap. <--1>
Cal Koonce threw a wild pitch. <-2->
Hawk Taylor struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Nevada leads 5 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Dick Bertell walked. <--1>
Jim McKnight reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <-21>
Andre Rodgers pinch hit for Cal Koonce. <-21>
Andre Rodgers struck out. <-21>
Lou Brock tripled to left-center for two RBIs. <3-->
Bob Raudman walked. <3-1>
Bob Raudman stole second. <32->
Ron Santo flied out to center. <32->
Lou Brock tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <-2->
Bob Duliba came in to pitch for the Dusters. <-2->
Hank Aaron flied out to center. <-2->
3 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Chicago trails 5 to 3.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Don McMahon came in to pitch for the Cubs. <--->
Doug Camilli singled over the first baseman. <--1>
Billy Williams pinch hit for Bob Duliba. <--1>
Billy Williams grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
Vic Power singled up the middle. <--1>
Hector Lopez walked. <-21>
Jerry Adair flied out to right field. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, Nevada leads 5 to 3.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Johnny Blanchard came in to play Catcher. <--->
Ernie Banks singled into the left field corner. <--1>
Ernie Banks went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
Moe Morhardt struck out. <-2->
Dick Bertell struck out. <-2->
Jim McKnight grounded to the second baseman. <-2->

DUSTERS WIN: 5-3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Dusters (NEV) 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0    5 11  1
          Cubs (CHC) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0    3  4  0

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         5  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .415
H. Lopez (RF)         4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .286
J. Adair (SS)         5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .211
K. Hubbs (2B)         4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .184
T. Tresh (CF)         4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .321
J. Schaive (3B)       4  4  0  2  0  0  0  0    .313
H. Taylor (LF)        3  1  1  1  0  1  1  0    .143
D. Camilli (C)        3  2  0  1  0  2  1  0    .238
 J. Blanchard (C)     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .167
T. Cloninger (P)      2  1  0  0  0  2  0  0    .167
 B. Duliba (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 B. Williams (PH)     1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .290
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               35 11  2  5  0  5  4  0

   2B:  V. Power (3), D. Camilli (1)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    T. Cloninger  7.2  3  3  0  3  1  6 107   4.74
       B. Duliba  0.1  0  0  0  0  0  0   4   3.86
      C. Raymond  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  2  16   6.00
          TOTALS  9.0  4  3  0  3  1  8 127

CHICAGO              ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
L. Brock (CF)         4  1  0  1  0  2  0  0    .225
B. Raudman (LF)       3  0  1  0  0  0  1  1    .200
R. Santo (3B)         2  0  1  0  0  1  0  0    .278
H. Aaron (RF)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .286
E. Banks (SS)         4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .286
M. Morhardt (1B)      4  0  0  0  0  0  3  0    .444
D. Bertell (C)        3  0  1  1  0  0  2  0    .091
J. McKnight (2B)      4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .237
D. Ellsworth (P)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 J. Curtis (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   1.000
 G. Altman (PH)       1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .067
 C. Koonce (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 A. Rodgers (PH)      1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .139
 D. McMahon (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               31  4  3  3  0  3  8  1

   2B:  E. Banks (2)
   3B:  L. Brock (2)

         CHICAGO   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    D. Ellsworth  4.0  7  1  0  5  5  2  56   7.16
       J. Curtis  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  10   0.00
       C. Koonce  3.0  2  0  0  0  0  2  33   0.00
      D. McMahon  1.0  2  1  0  0  0  0  19   0.00
          TOTALS  9.0 11  2  0  5  5  4 118

     WP: T. Cloninger (1-1)
     LP: D. Ellsworth (0-1)
     SV: C. Raymond (2)

     Attendance: 36,755
     Time: 2:47