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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Reds @ Dusters
April 22-24, 1963
Dusters Trade Schaive
Al Childress, Las Vegas Sun
Conn Hudson does not like to make trades. But sometimes a trade is called for and he has to set aside his loyalty to an individual player and do what's best for the club.
That's what happened yesterday, when the Nevada Dusters traded utility infielder Johnny Schaive to Cincinnati for minor league catcher Don Pavletich.
"Johnny just wasn't going to get much playing time this year," said Hudson. "Not with Maury Wills, Jerry Adair, Ken Hubbs and, if need be, Tom Tresh, in the middle infield. And Hector [Lopez] can relieve Clete Boyer at third. Cincinnati needs infielders, and I'm pretty sure he'll be on the Reds card a good deal of the time."
Pavletich, a right-handed hitter from Milwaukee, has good fielding skills and a superior arm. He seldom makes a mistake and has been throwing out basestealers at a pretty good clip in the minors. His hitting is still very much a work-in-progress.
There was more to it. Acquiring Pavletich freed Hudson to trade another minor league catcher, Walt Hriniak, to Baltimore for an outfielder named Paul Blair. As a high school senior in '62, Blair hit .430 with eight home runs, twenty RBI, and a .680 slugging percentage.
"We'd considered picking Blair up in the minor league draft," explained Hudson, "but the Orioles got him first. We weren't satisfied with Walt's progress, and they weren't satisfied with Blair's. So we cut the deal."
And there was another reason for the trade -- it opened up a spot in the 25-man roster, which allowed the Dusters to summon Tony Oliva from Bakersfield. Oliva got seventeen at-bats with the Dusters last September, and impressed the powers-that-be. This year with the Bullets he's been hitting .404 with four homers and sixteen RBI.
Don't look for Hudson to pull the trigger on many more trades. "We're fairly happy with our depth at nearly every position at every level," he said.

A Redleg no longer

Cincinnati Reds (13-5) @ Nevada Dusters (13-5)
April 22-24, 1963
Horizon Field (Las Vegas, NV)

DL: Jim Bouton (sp), pulled groin, 8 days.

Cincinnati Reds Game 1 starting lineup:
Richie Ashburn (cf), Ethan Blackaby (rf), Pete Rose (1b), Leo Cardenas (ss), Gene Freese (3b), Marty Keough (lf), Johnny Edwards (c), Tommy Helms (2b), Joe Watts (sp)

Game 1, April 22
Phil Niekro (1-2) got his fourth start against the rookie Joe Watts (1-1) as Ben Naylor shuffled the lineup -- Maye to center, Williams to right, Lopez in left, and Tresh to shortstop -- to give Maury Wills a day off. The Reds came in with outfielders Frank Robinson and Tommy Harper on the DL for the duration. Niekro kept the Cincinnati batters mystified until the 6th inning, when the Reds played small ball to scratch out a run. The Dusters played long ball, with Clete Boyer hitting a two-run homer and Tresh a solo homer in the 4th before setting a number of franchise records in the 8th. Tresh hit a three-run shot to right, Jerry Adair and Vic Power followed with solo roundtrippers, and, with the bases loaded, Boyer made the most of his second at-bat of the inning by driving a grand slam to right. It was the first time the Dusters had scored ten runs in a single inning, and the first time four players had homered in the same frame. The Reds went quietly in the top of the 9th and Niekro (7.1ip, 7h, 1bb, 1r, 1er, 1k, 2.45era) had his second win. Boyer finished up 4-for-4 with seven RBI, Tresh 3-for-5 with four ribbies. In the National League home run leaderboard, Dusters occupied five of the ten top spots; the club as a whole had tallied 34 dingers in 19 games.
Lineup: Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Adair, Niekro
Record: 14-5
Dusters 13, Reds 1

Game 2, April 23
In sharp contrast to the first game of the series, this one featured just one homer -- that off the bat of Cincy's Johnny Edwards to give the Reds a 3-1 lead in the 4th. But the Dusters strung together five consecutive singles for three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the inning. They tacked on three more in the 6th. But two hits and an error charged to Jerry Adair in the 7th had the bases filled with Reds for Pete Rose, who delivered a two-run single that cut the Nevada lead to 6-5, and they tied it in the 9th to send the game into extra innings. Pinch hitter Lou Johnson doubled in the Nevada 10th with just one out, but was left stranded. In the Cincy 11th Richie Ashburn reached second but was doubled off for the final out when Adair speared a Pete Rose line drive and stepped on the bag before Ashburn could get back. In the bottom of the 11th Cincy reliever Jim Brosnan walked Johnny Blanchard and Hector Lopez, Clete Boyer singled to load them up, and Blanchard scored the winning run on an Adair grounder. Vic Powe continued to sizzle at the plate, going 4-for-6, while Cam Carreon, spelling Blanchard as backstop, went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs. Starter Joe Horlen (4.0ip, 4h, 2bb, 3r, 3er, 2k, 4.50era) continued to struggle, while Bill Dailey got the win for a 3-0 mark. The Dusters were two games up on Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, all with 13-7 records.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Lopez, Boyer, Tresh, Adair, Carreon, Horlen
Record: 15-5
Dusters 7, Reds 6

Game 3, April 24
Ben Naylor continued to rest his regulars, starting Hector Lopez in the outfield in place of Lee Maye, and Gordy Coleman at first in lieu of Vic Power. "It's a long season," he explained, "and I'm more concerned about being in first place in September than in first right now." Starter Tony Cloninger was victimized for three runs on three hits in the Cincy 1st. A two-run homer by Billy Williams in the home 3rd made it 3-2 Reds. In the 4th, with two out and two on (thanks to a walk and a Cincy error), Ben Naylor decided to pinch hit for Cloninger, and Tony Oliva, recently called up from AAA Bakersfield, hit a high fly ball to center for the last out. "We weren't having much success against Maloney," said Nails, "so I figured we had to try to get a run or two right there." Williams doubled and scored on a Lopez single down the first base line to tie the game in the 5th. From that point on the bullpen -- Schultz, Brewer, Raymond and Dailey -- gave up just two more hits. The Reds relievers were stingy, too, but in the 11th, with two on and two out, Coleman singled in Adair and the Dusters had swept Cincinnati. Maury Wills went 3-for-6 with a run and a base theft, while Dailey (4-0), notched the win.
Lineup: Wills, Coleman, Williams, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Adair, Cloninger
Record: 16-5
Dusters 4, Reds 3


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 16,189 ... Revenue YTD: $8.9M ... Profit YTD $3.3M ... Cash: $27.3M ... Team Payroll: $35.1M

Series Stats:
2B: Boyer 1, Lopez 1, Johnson 1, Coleman 1
3B: none
HR: Power 1, Boyer 2, Tresh 2, Adair 1, Williams 1
SB: Lopez 1, Wills 1, Maye 1
R: Power 1, Maye 1, Williams 4, Lopez 3, Boyer 3, Blanchard 2, Tresh 2, Adair 2, Wills 3, Carreon 2, Coleman 1
RBI: Power 2, Boyer 7, Tresh 4, Adair 2, Wills 2, Maye 2, Lopez 2, Coleman 1, Williams 2,
IP: Niekro 7.1, Raymond 5.1, Horlen 4.0, Schultz 4.0, Brewer 5.0, Dailey 1.1, Cloninger 4.0
K: Niekro 1, Horlen 2, Schultz 3, Brewer 4, Cloninger 5
ER: Niekro 1, Horlen 3, Raymond 1, Brewer 1, Cloninger 3
W: Niekro 1, Dailey 2
L: none
SV: none

Around the Leagues:
BOS signed Hal Naragon (c), BOS signed Johnny Klippstein (p).
HOU released Norm Larker (1b).
LAD--Phil Ortega (p), wrist stress fracture, five weeks.
BOS-- Carl Yastrzemski (lf), stretched knee ligament, four weeks.

Paul Blair joins the Dusters organization

FEATURED GAME
Cincinnati Reds at Nevada Dusters
April 23, 1963
TOP OF THE FIRST
Joe Horlen takes the mound for the Dusters.
Richie Ashburn tripled to the wall in left. <3-->
Ethan Blackaby walked. <3-1>
Pete Rose struck out. <3-1>
Leo Cardenas struck out. <3-1>
Gene Freese popped up to short. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Jim O'Toole takes the mound for the Reds.
Maury Wills grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Vic Power singled to center. <--1>
Lee Maye struck out. <--1>
Hector Lopez grounded to first. <--1>
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
Marty Keough grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Johnny Edwards popped up to second. <--->
Tommy Helms grounded to the second baseman. <--->
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
Clete Boyer grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Tom Tresh popped up behind home plate. <--->
Jerry Adair lined out to short. <--->
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
Jim O'Toole bunts for a base hit to first base. <--1>
Richie Ashburn walked. <-21>
Ethan Blackaby grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Pete Rose popped up to second. <3-1>
Leo Cardenas singled to left field, scoring a run. <3-1>
Joe Horlen threw a wild pitch - a run scored. <-2->
Gene Freese grounded to short. <-2->
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Cincinnati leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Cam Carreon singled to center. <--1>
Joe Horlen laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third baseman. <-2->
Maury Wills grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
Vic Power singled through the left side. <3-1>
Lee Maye singled in the right field gap, scoring a run. <3-1>
Hector Lopez walked. <321>
Clete Boyer flied out to center. <321>
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Marty Keough grounded to second. <--->
Johnny Edwards homered around the foul pole in right. <--->
Tommy Helms popped up to the third baseman in foul ground. <--->
Jim O'Toole grounded to the shortstop. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Cincinnati leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Tom Tresh popped up to second. <--->
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
Cam Carreon singled in the right field gap. <--1>
Billy Williams pinch hit for Joe Horlen. <--1>
Billy Williams singled in the left field gap. <-21>
Maury Wills singled to right field, scoring a run. <3-1>
Vic Power singled down the right field line, scoring a run. <3-1>
Lee Maye singled down the right field line, scoring a run. <3-1>
Hector Lopez flied out to left. <3-1>
3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada leads 4 to 3.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Barney Schultz came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Richie Ashburn grounded to third. <--->
Ethan Blackaby grounded to second. <--->
Pete Rose grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 3.
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Clete Boyer flied out to center. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--->
Jerry Adair lined out to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada leads 4 to 3.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Leo Cardenas singled back through the middle. <--1>
Gene Freese struck out. <--1>
Marty Keough singled to left. <-21>
Johnny Edwards grounded to the third baseman for a double play (5-4-3). <-2->
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Cincinnati trails 4 to 3.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Carl Willey came in to pitch for the Reds. <--->
Cam Carreon popped up to second. <--->
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Barney Schultz. <--->
Gordy Coleman doubled down the third base line. <-2->
Maury Wills singled over the first baseman, scoring a run. <--1>
Vic Power singled to left. <-21>
Lee Maye walked. <321>
Hector Lopez grounded to first, scoring a run. <3-1>
Clete Boyer lined out to center field. <3-1>
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada leads 6 to 3.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Johnny Blanchard came in to play Right Field. <--->
Tommy Helms singled to right field. <--1>
Carl Willey bunts for a base hit down the first base line. <-21>
Richie Ashburn reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <321>
Ethan Blackaby grounded to short, forcing the runner at home. <321>
Pete Rose singled to left for two RBIs. <3-1>
Leo Cardenas lined out to the third baseman. <3-1>
Gene Freese grounded to second. <3-1>
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Cincinnati trails 6 to 5.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Tom Tresh popped up to short. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to second. <--->
Cam Carreon grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada leads 6 to 5.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Jim Brewer came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Marty Keough grounded to third. <--->
Johnny Edwards singled down the third base line. <--1>
Tommy Helms laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
Chuck Essegian pinch hit for Carl Willey. <-2->
Chuck Essegian struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Cincinnati trails 6 to 5.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Sammy Ellis came in to pitch for the Reds. <--->
Jim Brewer struck out. <--->
Maury Wills walked. <--1>
Vic Power grounded to second. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 6 to 5.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Richie Ashburn flied out to center field. <--->
Ethan Blackaby singled up the middle. <--1>
Pete Rose singled to left, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Leo Cardenas laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher - a run scored. <-2->
Gene Freese popped up to short. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 6.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Hector Lopez reached first on a fielding error by the center fielder. <--1>
Clete Boyer flied out to left. <--1>
Tom Tresh struck out. <--1>
Jerry Adair flied out to center. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 6.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Marty Keough struck out. <--->
Johnny Edwards flied out to center field. <--->
Tommy Helms singled to left. <--1>
Lee May pinch hit for Sammy Ellis. <--1>
Lee May struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 6.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Jim Brosnan came in to pitch for the Reds. <--->
Cam Carreon struck out. <--->
The Reds guarded the lines.
Lou Johnson pinch hit for Jim Brewer. <--->
Lou Johnson doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Maury Wills lined out to left. <-2->
Vic Power flied out to right. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the tenth, the game is tied at 6.

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Richie Ashburn singled to center. <--1>
Ethan Blackaby laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Pete Rose lined out to second. <-2->
Richie Ashburn was doubled off second. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eleventh, the game is tied at 6.

BOTTOM OF THE ELEVENTH
Johnny Blanchard walked. <--1>
Hector Lopez walked. <-21>
Clete Boyer singled into right field. <321>
Tom Tresh lined out to second. <321>
Jerry Adair grounded to short, scoring a run. <3-1>

DUSTERS WIN: 7-6

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Reds (CIN) 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 6 14 1
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 7 14 1

CINCINNATI ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
R. Ashburn (CF) 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .361
E. Blackaby (RF) 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 .105
P. Rose (1B) 6 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .265
L. Cardenas (SS) 4 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .296
G. Freese (3B) 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .290
M. Keough (LF) 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .212
J. Edwards (C) 5 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .217
T. Helms (2B) 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208
J. O'Toole (P) 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .300
C. Willey (P) 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
C. Essegian (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .273
S. Ellis (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
L. May (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
J. Brosnan (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 43 14 2 6 1 6 6 0

3B: R. Ashburn (2)
HR: J. Edwards (1)

CINCINNATI ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
J. O'Toole 5.0 9 1 0 4 4 2 90 2.10
C. Willey 2.0 3 1 0 2 2 0 31 5.00
S. Ellis 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 2 29 7.36
J. Brosnan 1.2 2 2 0 1 1 1 36 1.23
TOTALS 10.2 14 5 0 7 7 5 186
NEVADA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
M. Wills (SS) 5 2 1 2 0 2 0 0 .430
V. Power (1B) 6 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .378
L. Maye (RF) 3 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .390
J. Blanchard (RF) 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250
H. Lopez (LF) 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 .357
C. Boyer (3B) 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .346
T. Tresh (CF) 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .239
J. Adair (2B) 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .226
C. Carreon (C) 5 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 .250
J. Horlen (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
B. Williams (PH) 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .269
B. Schultz (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
G. Coleman (PH) 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .462
C. Raymond (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J. Brewer (P) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
L. Johnson (PH) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .556
B. Dailey (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 46 14 5 7 0 7 5 0

2B: L. Johnson (1), G. Coleman (1)

NEVADA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
J. Horlen 4.0 4 2 1 3 3 2 62 4.50
B. Schultz 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 26 1.93
C. Raymond 1.0 3 0 0 2 1 0 23 2.65
J. Brewer 3.0 4 0 0 1 1 3 45 2.25
B. Dailey 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 1.42
TOTALS 11.0 14 2 1 6 5 6 169

WP: B. Dailey (3-0)
LP: J. Brosnan (1-1)

Temperature: 66F
Wind: Calm
Attendance: 17,731
Time: 4:00