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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Dodgers @ Dusters
April 13-15, 1962
The Standings (as of April 12, 1962)
(including team batting average and ERA)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
SFG   9-3   .259  2.19
LAD   6-3   .275  3.19
PIT   6-3   .310  2.88
CIN   5-4   .219  2.78
NEV   6-6   .263  3.76
NYM   6-6   .236  4.40
HOU   4-5   .229  4.11
CHC   5-7   .231  4.37
PHI   4-8   .223  3.76
STL   3-9   .235  4.30   
AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOS   9-3   .275  3.22
CLE   7-2   .223  1.21
NYY   7-2   .302  2.48
MIN   7-5   .243  3.71
BAL   5-4   .235  2.93
CHW   6-6   .258  2.93
DET   5-7   .238  4.26
KCA   4-8   .207  3.65
LAA   2-7   .200  4.21
WSA   2-10   .202  3.88

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Nevada Dusters
April 13-15, 1962
Horizon Field, Las Vegas, NV

DL: Clete Boyer (3B), 4 days, strained finger.

TRADE OFFERS:
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Los Angeles Dodgers Game 1 starting lineup
Maury Wills (SS), Jim Gilliam (3B), Wally Moon (LF), Duke Snider (RF), Willie Davis (CF), Lee Walls (1B), Johnny Roseboro (C), Larry Burright (2B), Don Drysdale (SP)

[April 13, Game 1]
The Dodgers had bounced back from losing two games in their first series with the Dusters and returned to Las Vegas with a 6-3 record, but without starter Johnny Podres, who was out fifteen months with a torn rotator cuff. Joe Horlen faced Don Drysdale, who hoped to do better than his first outing at Horizon Field, when the Dusters had chased him after three innings. He lasted seven innings this time, allowing four runs on three hits. Lee Maye's RBI triple in the 2nd drew first blood, but the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the 4th with three singles and three base thefts. Hector Lopez hit a solo homer in the 6th and Tom Tresh followed that with a two-run blast to left to make it 4-2 Dusters. Los Angeles cut that lead in half in the 7th and tied the game in the 8th. Maury Wills opened the Dodger 10th with a single, stole second, went to third on Jim Gilliam's sac bunt, and reliever Jim Brewer walked the next two batters to load the bases for Willie Davis, whose grounder scored Wills. The Dusters went quietly in the bottom of the inning. Horlen worked eight innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while Brewer took the loss.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Tresh, Adair, Maye, Schaive, Blanchard, Horlen
Record: 6-7
Dodgers 5, Dusters 4
[April 14, Game 2]
On the day that Larry Jackson of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a no-hitter, Nevada's Dave McNally came very close to doing the same thing. McNally allowed one (unearned) run on one hit -- and that one hit came in the 9th inning. Tommy Davis reached base on a fielding error by left fielder Billy Williams, and Frank Howard's seeing-eye single up the middle scored Davis. Nevada's batters had to contend with Sandy Koufax, who held them in check until the 4th, when Jerry Adair singled and scored on a Johnny Schaive hit. In the 5th Williams doubled and scored on an Adair single, and in the 8th Adair hit a solo home run, his third of the year. McNally became the first Nevada hurler to notch two wins, and he maintained an ERA of 0.00. When asked after the game why the Dodgers were having so much trouble with the Nevada club, a frustrated Walter Alston said the Dusters just had "beginner's luck." It was a comment that fueled the ire of some of the Nevada players. Conn Hudson, knowing that such things were good for business, suggested that a rivalry had been born.
Lineup: Power, Lopez, Williams, Tresh, Adair, Hubbs, Schaive, Camilli, McNally
Record: 7-7
Dusters 3, Dodgers 1
[April 15, Game 3]
The mood in the Dusters clubhouse was one of grim determination as the players wanted to make the Dodgers pay for Walter Alston's comment of the day before. Tony Cloninger (1-1) took on Stan Williams (2-0), but for a while seemed to be competing with Dave McNally instead, as he held the Dodgers hitless through three. Los Angeles tied the game in the 4th, however. In the 5th the Dusters collected four runs on just two hits as Stan Williams walked three and Johnny Roseboro committed a fielding error. Cloninger returned the favor in the Dodger 7th, walking a pair, hitting another with a pitch, and serving up three singles. When the dust cleared the Nevada lead had been trimmed to 5-4. Billy Williams, who thought he would be sitting this one out as Mack Jones got the nod in left field, came in as a pinch hitter in the 8th and delivered a two-run shot to left center. The Dodgers tried to rally against closer Claude Raymond in the 9th, collecting a pair of runs before "Frenchy" fanned Roseboro to preserve the 7-6 win. "I guess we'll be having beginner's luck every time we meet the Dodgers," said Jerry Adair, who had another good day (2-for-4) at the plate.
Lineup: Power, Jones, Lopez, Tresh, Adair, Maye, Hubbs, Blanchard, Cloninger
Record: 8-7
Dusters 7, Dodgers 6

Dave McNally (NEV)


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Revenue: $3.5M ..... Profit: $830K ..... Cash: $5.4M ..... Team Payroll: $20.8M

Series stats:
2Bs: Lopez, Williams
3Bs: Maye
HRs: Tresh, Lopez, Adair, Williams
SBs: none
Runs: Lopez (2), Williams (3), Tresh (3), Adair (2), Power, Jones, Schaive, Blanchard
RBIs: Lopez, Tresh (3), Maye (2), Adair (3), Schaive, Blanchard, Williams (2)

Around the leagues:
NYM trades Elio Chacon (2B), Herb Moford (P) and John Stephenson (C) to SFG for Stu Miller (P).

CHC--Ernie Banks (SS), finger stress fracture, two weeks
CIN--Carl Willey (P), finger stress fracture, two weeks
DET--Sam Jones (P), inflamed rotator cuff, five weeks
MIN--Rico Carty (LF), sprained neck, two weeks
STL--Johnny Lewis (RF), severed knee ligament, nine months

MIN released Jim Snyder (2B)

STL--Larry Jackson (P) throws a no-hitter, April 14.
NYY--Eddie Mathews (3B) collects his 1,000th RBI, April 15.


FEATURED GAME
Los Angeles Dodgers at Nevada Dusters
April 15, 1962

TOP OF THE FIRST
Tony Cloninger takes the mound for the Dusters.
Maury Wills flied out to right field. <--->
Willie Davis popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Duke Snider grounded to third. <--->
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
Stan Williams takes the mound for the Dodgers.
Vic Power popped up behind home plate. <--->
Mack Jones struck out. <--->
Hector Lopez lined out to short. <--->
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
Frank Howard flied out to right. <--->
Tommy Davis lined out to center. <--->
Johnny Roseboro grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Tom Tresh singled to center. <--1>
Jerry Adair singled up the middle. <-21>
Lee Maye flied out to center. <-21>
Ken Hubbs walked. <321>
Johnny Blanchard grounded back to the pitcher, scoring a run. <3-1>
Tony Cloninger grounded to short. <3-1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Jim Gilliam grounded to third. <--->
Larry Burright struck out. <--->
Stan Williams struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Los Angeles trails 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Vic Power grounded to second. <--->
Mack Jones grounded to second. <--->
Hector Lopez walked. <--1>
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Maury Wills grounded to first base. <--->
Willie Davis doubled in the left field gap. <-2->
Duke Snider singled over the third baseman, scoring a run. <--1>
Frank Howard struck out. <--1>
Tommy Davis popped up to second. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Jerry Adair grounded to second. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to third. <--->
Ken Hubbs grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 1.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Roseboro grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Jim Gilliam walked. <--1>
Jim Gilliam was picked off first. <--->
Larry Burright reached first on a fielding error by the catcher. <--1>
Stan Williams struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Blanchard singled to left. <--1>
Tony Cloninger laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Vic Power walked. <-21>
Mack Jones walked. <321>
Hector Lopez reached first on a fielding error by the catcher - a run scored. <321>
Tom Tresh walked, scoring a run. <321>
Jerry Adair singled to right field, scoring a run. <321>
Joe Moeller came in to pitch for the Dodgers. <321>
Lee Maye grounded to third, scoring a run. <3-1>
Ken Hubbs grounded to the third baseman. <3-1>
4 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada leads 5 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Maury Wills popped up behind home plate. <--->
Willie Davis flied out to left field. <--->
Duke Snider walked. <--1>
Frank Howard lined out to center. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Los Angeles trails 5 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Johnny Blanchard lined out to center field. <--->
Tony Cloninger popped up in front of home plate. <--->
Vic Power struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada leads 5 to 1.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Tommy Davis singled to center. <--1>
Johnny Roseboro walked. <-21>
Jim Gilliam walked. <321>
Wally Moon pinch hit for Larry Burright. <321>
Jim Brewer came in to pitch for the Dusters. <321>
Wally Moon grounded to short, scoring a run. <-21>
Ron Fairly pinch hit for Joe Moeller. <-21>
Ron Fairly singled to right, scoring a run. <3-1>
Maury Wills singled to right field, scoring a run. <3-1>
Willie Davis was hit by a pitch. <321>
Duke Snider lined out to right field. <321>
Frank Howard struck out. <321>
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Los Angeles trails 5 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Ed Roebuck came in to pitch for the Dodgers. <--->
Daryl Spencer came in to play Second Base. <--->
Mack Jones grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Hector Lopez singled up the middle. <--1>
Tom Tresh grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Jerry Adair struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada leads 5 to 4.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Johnny Schaive came in to play Second Base. <--->
Tommy Davis struck out. <--->
Johnny Roseboro doubled through the hole. <-2->
Jim Gilliam flied out to center. <-2->
Daryl Spencer flied out to right. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Los Angeles trails 5 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Lee Maye grounded to short. <--->
Johnny Schaive singled down the first base line. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--1>
Billy Williams pinch hit for Jim Brewer. <--1>
Billy Williams homered to left-center for two RBIs. <--->
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 7 to 4.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Lee Walls pinch hit for Ed Roebuck. <--->
Lee Walls singled up the middle. <--1>
Maury Wills laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Willie Davis popped up behind home plate. <-2->
Duke Snider singled back through the middle, scoring a run. <--1>
Frank Howard walked. <-21>
Tommy Davis singled to center, scoring a run. <-21>
Johnny Roseboro struck out. <-21>

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

LOS ANGELES          ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
M. Wills (SS)         4  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .327
W. Davis (CF)         4  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .275
D. Snider (RF)        4  2  1  1  0  2  0  0    .406
F. Howard (1B)        4  0  1  0  0  0  2  0    .360
T. Davis (LF)         5  2  0  1  0  1  1  0    .333
J. Roseboro (C)       4  1  1  0  0  0  1  0    .324
J. Gilliam (3B)       2  0  2  1  0  0  0  0    .222
L. Burright (2B)      2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .161
 W. Moon (PH)         1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0    .152
 D. Spencer (2B)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
S. Williams (P)       2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .167
 J. Moeller (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 R. Fairly (PH)       1  1  0  0  0  1  0  0    .250
 E. Roebuck (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 L. Walls (PH)        1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .171
TOTALS               35  9  5  6  0  6  7  0

   2B:  J. Roseboro (5), W. Davis (1)

     LOS ANGELES   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
     S. Williams  4.1  4  5  0  5  5  1  83   2.37
      J. Moeller  1.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  12   0.00
      E. Roebuck  2.0  3  0  1  2  2  2  27   3.97
          TOTALS  8.0  7  5  1  7  7  4 122

NEVADA               ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
V. Power (1B)         4  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .328
M. Jones (LF)         3  0  1  1  0  0  1  0    .000
H. Lopez (3B)         3  1  1  1  0  0  0  0    .353
T. Tresh (CF)         3  1  1  1  0  1  0  0    .283
J. Adair (SS)         4  2  0  0  0  1  1  0    .291
L. Maye (RF)          4  0  0  0  0  1  0  0    .244
K. Hubbs (2B)         2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .180
 J. Schaive (2B)      1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .292
J. Blanchard (C)      4  1  0  1  0  1  1  0    .172
T. Cloninger (P)      2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .125
 J. Brewer (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
 B. Williams (PH)     1  1  0  1  1  2  0  0    .319
 C. Raymond (P)       0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
TOTALS               31  7  5  7  1  6  4  0

   HR:  B. Williams (1)

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
    T. Cloninger  6.0  3  4  0  3  3  4  96   4.68
       J. Brewer  2.0  3  0  0  1  1  2  39   2.70
      C. Raymond  1.0  3  1  0  2  2  1  22   7.71
          TOTALS  9.0  9  5  0  6  6  7 157

     WP: T. Cloninger (2-1)
     LP: S. Williams (2-1)
     SV: C. Raymond (4)

     Attendance: 13,427
     Time: 2:42