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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Cardinals @ Dusters
April 25-27, 1963
Nevada Dusters: Pitching Staff Ratings
[When playing the game I don't pay much attention to these ratings, frankly. I look for starters with at least three good pitches. I look for relievers with a low BAA, preferably under .250, definitely under .300. In all cases I consider the strikeout-to-walks ratio. (A 2-to-1 ratio is very satisfactory, in my book.) When playing individual games, I keep an eye on the pitch count, and rarely let the starters exceed their endurance number by very much. In some cases I'll consider whether the starter is a groundball or fly ball pitcher when making out the lineup for a game. I don't usually worry too much about home runs allowed, unless it's an inordinate number.]

Joe Horlen, rhp, 87/87
78 endurance, 80 control, 80 power, 79 movement, 93 defense, 63 hitting, 72 health
86 fastball, 78 curve, 61 two-seamer
Tony Cloninger, rhp, 85/85
75 endurance, 64 control, 78 power, 72 movement, 72 defense, 73 hitting, 79 health
86 fastball, 78 change, 71 curve
Dave McNally, lhp, 90/90
76 endurance, 72 control, 85 power, 87 movement, 72 defense, 72 hitting, 90 health
83 fastball, 91 curve, 75 slider, 69 palmball
Phil Niekro, rhp, 85/90
78 endurance, 73 control, 80 power, 67 movement, 89 defense, 66 hitting, 90 health
80 fastball, 88 knuckleball, 73 slider
Jim Bouton, rhp, 81/81
54 endurance, 78 control, 72 power, 72 movement, 78 defense, 64 hitting, 63 health
88 fastball, 80 curve, 62 slider
Pete Richert, lhp, 72/78
54 endurance, 76 control, 93 power, 87 movement, 73 defense, 64 hitting, 64 health
92 four-seamer, 86 two-seamer, 78 slider, 72 curve
Bill Dailey, rhp, 76/76
21 endurance, 75 control, 72 power, 62 movement, 87 defense, 70 hitting, 78 health
85 fastball, 60 slow curve
Claude Raymond, rhp, 78/81
29 endurance, 78 control, 90 power, 72 movement, 81 defense, 64 hitting, 64 health
84 fastball, 76 change, 69 curve
Jim Brewer, lhp, 79/79
39 endurance, 78 control, 93 power, 78 movement, 66 defense, 70 hitting, 64 health
80 fastball, 88 screwball, 73 curve
Barney Schultz, rhp, 66/70
21 endurance, 66 control, 93 power, 68 movement, 66 defense, 63 hitting, 75 health
69 fastball, 80 knuckleball
Bob Duliba, rhp, 76/76
21 endurance, 66 control, 76 power, 66 movement, 72 defense, 66 hitting, 75 health
71 fastball, 80 curve
Jim Roland, lhp, 74/78
30 endurance, 70 control, 72 power, 75 movement, 80 defense, 64 hitting, 72 health
88 fastball, 65 change


St. Louis Cardinals (14-7) @ Nevada Dusters (16-5)
April 25-27, 1963
Horizon Field (Las Vegas, NV)

DL: Jim Bouton (sp), pulled groin, 5 days; Claude Raymond (rp), strained chest, 4 days

St. Louis Cardinals Game 1 starting lineup:
Julian Javier (2b), Curt Flood (cf), Stan Musial (lf), Willie McCovey (1b), Ken Boyer (3b), George Altman (rf), Julio Gotay (ss), Jimmie Schaffer (c), Bob Gibson (sp)

Game 1, April 25
Dave McNally was 3-0 in four starts and pitched well in his fifth, but mound opponent Bob Gibson pitched even better. McNally served up a two-run homer to Willie McCovey in the 1st and a solo roundtripper to Stan Musial to open the 6th, while Gibson allowed just one hit in the first five innings. The Dusters erased the goose-egg in the bottom of the 6th when McNally singled and later scored on a Lee May hit to left. A solo blast by Tom Tresh made it 3-2 in the 7th but any hopes the 19,000 on hand at Horizon Field might have had that the Dusters were on the verge of staging another one of their patented comebacks were damped when Curt Flood scored on a McCovey sac fly in the 8th. In the 9th Billy Williams homered to right-center and Johnny Blanchard drew a walk with two out, but Redbirds reliever Ed Bauta induced a ground out from Tresh to preserve the 4-2 win for St. Louis. It was the fourth victory in a row for the Cards, who closed to within one of the league-leading Dusters. Gibson allowed two runs on four hits through eight and McNally suffered his first loss of the season.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Adair, McNally
Record: 16-6
Cardinals 4, Dusters 3

Game 2, April 26
In an uncanny repeat of yesterday's first inning, Willie McCovey cranked another two-run homer out of Horizon Field, this time at Phil Niekro's expense. Then George Altman's solo blast to lead off the St. Louis 2nd put the Dusters on the short end of a 3-0 score. An error by left fielder Billy Williams contributed to a two-run Cardinals 4th and in the 6th a miscue by Hector Lopez, playing third base in place of Clete Boyer, coupled with a wild pitch by Niekro gave the Redbirds a 6-0 advantage. Tom Tresh cranked his sixth homer of the season, a solo shot, to center in the bottom of the 5th. St. Louis threatened to add to their tally by loading the bases in the 6th, but reliever Jim Brewer got McCovey to pop up to end the inning without further damage done. The Dusters had two men in scoring position in the 6th but didn't capitalize. Maury Wills hit an RBI single in the 7th and Lee Maye scored on a sac fly by Tresh in the 8th, but that was all the Dusters could do. Niekro went to 2-3 with the loss, the bullpen combo of Jim Brewer and Jim Roland pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless ball, and the Cards had climbed into a tie with Nevada for first place in the NL.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Blanchard, Tresh, Hubbs, Niekro
Record: 16-7
Cardinals 6, Dusters 3

Game 3, April 27
With Pete Richert feeling under the weather, Joe Horlen started the final game of the long home stand -- and got his first win in five starts. He allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings of work, and all three of those runs were scored in the St. Louis 1st on a Willie McCovey homer, which gave him a roundtripper in the opening frame of every game in the series. But the Dusters struck back quickly, scoring four runs on six hits -- all singles -- in the bottom of the 1st. In the 3rd, back-to-back doubles by Cam Carreon and Ken Hubbs (starting at second base in lieu of Jerry Adair), followed by an RBI single by Horlen, extended the Nevada lead to 6-3 and sent Cardinal starter Curt Simmons packing. The Redbirds had two men in scoring position in the 6th but Horlen pitched out of the jam and the Dusters blew it open in the 7th when Hector Lopez, again starting at third, clubbed a three-run homer while Ken Hubbs (4-for-5 on the day), doubled and scored on a Maury Wills single. The Cardinals got two more runs with Bob Duliba on the mound in the 8th, but it was too little too late and the Dusters won, 10-5, regaining sole possession of first place while losing their first series of the year. Another no-hit inning by reliever Jim Roland lowered his ERA to 1.08. Like Hubbs, Maye went 4-for-5, while Williams finished up 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Lopez, Tresh, Hubbs, Carreon, Horlen
Record: 17-7
Dusters 10, Cardinals 5


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 16,392 ... Revenue YTD: $10.3M ... Profit YTD $3.9M ... Cash: $27.9M ... Team Payroll: $35.1M

Series Stats:
2B: Boyer 1, Lopez 1, Hubbs 2, Carreon 1
3B: none
HR: Tresh 2, Williams 1, Lopez 1
SB: Wills 1
R: Williams 3, Tresh 3, McNally 1, Maye 3, Wills 1, Power 1, Lopez 1, Hubbs 2, Carreon 1
RBI: Maye 1, Williams 1, Tresh 3, Wills 2, Power 1, Lopez 4, Hubbs 1, Carreon 1
IP: McNally 8.0, Dailey 1.0, Niekro 4.2, Brewer 2.1, Roland 3.0, Horlen 6.0, Duliba 2.0
K: McNally 1, Dailey 1, Niekro 3, Brewer 2, Roland 4, Horlen 1, Duliba 1
ER: McNally 4, Niekro 4, Horlen 3, Duliba 2
W: Horlen 1
L: McNally 1, Niekro 1
SV: none

Around the Leagues:
SFG--Billy Pierce recorded his 2,000th strikeout.
WSA released Jim Hicks (rf), BOS released Mel Roach (1b), BOS released Hal Naragon (c).
WSA signed Hal Naragon (c).
SFG--Harvey Kuenn (lf), dislocated shoulder, three weeks.

What Really Happened:
4.27--Red Sox hurler Gene Conley, who played pro basketball with the Celtics, faces the White Sox reliever Dave DeBusschere, who played pro basketball with the Knicks in a game at Fenway. (Boston wins.)

FEATURED GAME
St. Louis Cardinals at Nevada Dusters
April 25, 1963
TOP OF THE FIRST
Dave McNally takes the mound for the Dusters.
Julian Javier flied out to right. <--->
Curt Flood doubled to the wall in right. <-2->
Stan Musial popped up behind home plate. <-2->
Willie McCovey homered to left-center for two RBIs. <--->
Ken Boyer popped up behind home plate. <--->
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, St. Louis leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Bob Gibson takes the mound for the Cardinals.
Maury Wills struck out. <--->
Vic Power grounded to second. <--->
Lee Maye flied out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the first, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
George Altman singled down the right field line. <--1>
Julio Gotay flied out to center. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard allowed a passed ball. <-2->
Jimmie Schaffer singled into right field. <3-1>
Bob Gibson popped up behind home plate. <3-1>
Julian Javier flied out to center. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the second, St. Louis leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Billy Williams popped up to first. <--->
Clete Boyer doubled into the right field corner. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to second. <3-->
Tom Tresh lined out to short. <3-->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Curt Flood grounded to the third baseman. <--->
Stan Musial grounded to third. <--->
Willie McCovey grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, St. Louis leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Jerry Adair flied out to right. <--->
Dave McNally grounded to third. <--->
Maury Wills grounded to the third baseman. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Ken Boyer doubled down the right field line. <-2->
George Altman grounded to third. <-2->
Julio Gotay walked. <-21>
Jimmie Schaffer grounded to the shortstop for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, St. Louis leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to second. <--->
Billy Williams walked. <--1>
Clete Boyer grounded to first. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Bob Gibson popped up to short. <--->
Julian Javier grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Curt Flood grounded to first base. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, St. Louis leads 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada trails 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Stan Musial homered over the right field fence. <--->
Willie McCovey walked. <--1>
Ken Boyer grounded to the pitcher for a double play (1-6-3). <--->
George Altman grounded to first. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, St. Louis leads 3 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Dave McNally singled to right field. <--1>
Maury Wills grounded to the shortstop. <-2->
Vic Power grounded to third. <-2->
Lee Maye singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
Billy Williams struck out. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada trails 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Julio Gotay grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Jimmie Schaffer lined out to short. <--->
Bob Gibson bunts for a base hit down the first base line. <--1>
Julian Javier struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, St. Louis leads 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Clete Boyer grounded to first. <--->
Johnny Blanchard lined out to right. <--->
Tom Tresh homered over the right field fence. <--->
Jerry Adair grounded to third. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada trails 3 to 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Curt Flood singled to right field. <--1>
Stan Musial laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
Curt Flood stole third. <3-->
Willie McCovey flied out to left. <3-->
Curt Flood tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <--->
Ken Boyer grounded to third. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, St. Louis leads 4 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Tony Oliva pinch hit for Dave McNally. <--->
Marv Breeding came in to play First Base. <--->
Tony Oliva grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Maury Wills flied out to center. <--->
Vic Power flied out to center. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada trails 4 to 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Bill Dailey came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
George Altman flied out to center. <--->
Julio Gotay struck out. <--->
Jimmie Schaffer flied out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, St. Louis leads 4 to 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Ed Bauta came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Lee Maye struck out. <--->
Billy Williams homered to right-center. <--->
Clete Boyer popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--->
Johnny Blanchard walked. <--1>
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--1>

CARDINALS WIN: 4-3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Cardinals (STL) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 8 0
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 5 0

ST. LOUIS ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
J. Javier (2B) 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
C. Flood (CF) 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 .278
S. Musial (LF) 3 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 .321
W. McCovey (1B) 2 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 .338
M. Breeding (1B) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
K. Boyer (3B) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234
G. Altman (RF) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
J. Gotay (SS) 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .217
J. Schaffer (C) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
B. Gibson (P) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
E. Bauta (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 31 8 2 4 2 4 2 1

2B: K. Boyer (3), C. Flood (6)
HR: W. McCovey (9), S. Musial (6
)
ST. LOUIS ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
B. Gibson 8.0 4 1 1 2 2 2 105 2.68
E. Bauta 1.0 1 1 1 1 1 1 24 4.50
TOTALS 9.0 5 2 2 3 3 3 129
NEVADA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
M. Wills (SS) 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .416
V. Power (1B) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .358
L. Maye (RF) 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .378
B. Williams (LF) 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 .280
C. Boyer (3B) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .341
J. Blanchard (C) 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .222
T. Tresh (CF) 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 .241
J. Adair (2B) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217
D. McNally (P) 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .125
T. Oliva (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
B. Dailey (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 32 5 2 3 2 3 3 0

2B: C. Boyer (5)
HR: T. Tresh (5), B. Williams (6)

NEVADA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
D. McNally 8.0 8 2 2 4 4 1 94 3.60
B. Dailey 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1.17
TOTALS 9.0 8 2 2 4 4 2 101

WP: B. Gibson (3-1)
LP: D. McNally (3-1)
SV: E. Bauta (4)

Temperature: 43F
Wind: Calm
Attendance: 18,845
Time: 2:22