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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Cardinals @ Dusters
May 7-9, 1963
NL Leaderboard (as of 5.9)

Batting Average: Maury Wills (NEV) .372 ... Lee Maye (NEV) .365 ... Vic Power (NEV) .357 ... Billy Williams (NEV) .352 ... Brooks Robinson (CHC) .351

Extra Base Hits: Hank Aaron (CHC) 25 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 18 ... Brooks Robinson (CHC) 16 ... Stan Musial (STL) 16 ... Clete Boyer (NEV) 14

Hits: Brooks Robinson (CHC) 47 ... Hank Aaron (CHC) 46 ... Vic Power (NEV) 46 ... Maury Wills (NEV) 45 ... Luis Aparicio (SFG) 43

Home Runs: Hank Aaron (CHC) 15 ... Willie McCovey (STL) 11 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 10 ... Johnny Blanchard (NEV) 8 ... Vic Power (NEV) 7 ... Tom Tresh (NEV) 7

On Base Percentage: Willie McCovey (STL) .467 ... Billy Williams (NEV) .443 ... Hank Aaron (CHC) .423 ... Lee Maye (NEV) .421 ... Maury Wills (NEV) .420

RBI: Hank Aaron (CHC) 39 ... Willie McCovey (STL) 30 ... Clete Boyer (NEV) 26 ... Roger Maris (SFG) 24 ... Willie Stargell (PIT) 22

Runs: Hank Aaron (CHC) 33 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 27 ... Maury Wills (NEV) 23 ... Willie McCovey (STL) 23 ... Brooks Robinson (CHC) 22

Slugging Percentage: Hank Aaron (CHC) .780 ... Billy Williams (NEV) .733 ... Willie McCovey (STL) .319 ... Stan Musial (STL) .618 ... Clete Boyer (NEV) .581

Steals: Luis Aparicio (SFG) 11 ... Lou Brock (CHC) 10 ... Tommy Harper (CIN) 9 ... Maury Wills (NEV) 9 ... Jimmy Wynn (HOU) 8

Total Bases: Hank Aaron (CHC) 103 ... Brooks Robinson (CHC) 77 ... Billy Williams (NEV) 77 ... Vic Power (NEV) 73 ... Willie McCovey (STL) 69

ERA: Don Drysdale (LAD) 1.56 ... Jim O'Toole (CIN) 2.05 ... Jerry Koosman (NYM) 2.21 ... Gaylord Perry (SFG) 2.28 ... Ralph Terry (SFG) 2.59

Hits/9 IP: Stan Williams (LAD) 6.14 ... Bob Gibson (STL) 6.66 ... Dave McNally (NEV) 7.07 ... Don Drysdale (LAD) 7.10 ... Jerry Koosman (NYM) 7.12

Home Runs Allowed: Larry Jackson (STL) 12 ... Dick Ellsworth (CHC) 7 ... Joe Horlen (NEV) 6 ... Billy Pierce (SFG) 6 ... Jim Maloney (CIN) 5

Opp. On-Base: Don Drysdale (LAD) .250 ... Jerry Koosman (NYM) .250 ... Al Jackson (NYM) .257 ... Bob Buhl (STL) .263 ... Bob Gibson (STL) .267

Saves: Turk Farrell (HOU) 8 ... Bobby Bolin (SFG) 6 ... Don McMahon (CHC) 5 ... Ed Bauta (STL) 5 ... Bill Dailey (NEV) 4

Strikeouts Pitched: Sandy Koufax (LAD) 48 ... George Brunet (HOU) 38 ... Stan Williams (LAD) 38 ... Chris Short (PHI) 38 ... Bob Gibson (STL) 38

Wins: Harvey Haddix (PIT) 5 ... Tony Cloninger (NEV) 4 ... Dave McNally (NEV) 4 ... Bill Dailey (NEV) 4 ... Claude Raymond (NEV) 4

Hank Aaron led in several batting categories, perhaps even broken bats

St. Louis Cardinals (19-11) @ Nevada Dusters (22-8)
May 7-9, 1963
Horizon Field (Las Vegas, NV)

DL: Pete Richert (SP), mild elbow inflammation, 4 days; Paul Blair (cf-Montana R), bruised ankle, 1 day.

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, May 7
Dave McNally and Cards starter Bob Gibson put on a pitching exhibition, with the former giving up the first Redbird hit in the 5th. By that time the Dusters had taken a 2-0 lead. Billy Williams tripled to open the home 4th and scored on a wild pitch by Gibson. Tom Tresh followed with a solo homer. McNally walked George Altman in the 5th and Altman reached third on a Julio Gotay single, but Vic Power instigated a 3-6-3 double play on a Jimmie Schaffer single to end the inning and deny Altman a run. Curt Flood hit a solo home run in the 6th to make it 2-1 and Ken Boyer scored on a Gotay single in the 7th to tie it up. St. Louis took the lead in the 8th when pinch hitter Minnie Minoso homered but in the bottom of the inning Clete Boyer showed up his brother Ken by hitting a two-run dinger that Barney Schultz preserved in the 9th. Power was 2-for-4, Boyer collected three RBI, and Schultz got the win to go 2-0. Nevada now had a four-game lead over St. Louis atop the NL.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Adair, McNally
Record: 23-8
Dusters 4, Cardinals 3

Game 2, May 8
Vic Power missed the second game with a bruised shin, which Ben Naylor worried would hurt the team against southpaw Curt Simmons. Nails bypassed Jim Bouton, just returned from a long stint on the DL, for Phil Niekro (2-3), and Niekro responded with his best performance yet, pitching a complete game in which he gave up one run on seven hits while fanning seven Redbird batters. That one run came in the 1st -- a Willie McCovey RBI single. A solo roundtripper by Clete Boyer tied the game in the 2nd. In the 6th, with Nevada ahead 2-1, Billy Williams walked and scored on a Boyer double, and Boyer scored on a Tom Tresh single that escaped into left field. The Redbirds loaded the bases in the 8th with one out, but the Dusters turned a very timely 4-6-1 double play on a Willie McCovey grounder to second, and Niekro retired the side in order in the 9th for his third win of the season. Gordy Coleman, taking over for Power at first, went 0-for-4, and so did Tony Oliva, starting in right for Lee Maye because of his great AAA numbers against lefties. Boyer finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and a pair of ribbies and Niekro hit 2-for-3.
Lineup: Wills, Coleman, Oliva, Williams, Boyer, Tresh, Carreon, Adair, Niekro
Record: 24-8
Dusters 4, Cardinals 1

Game 3, May 9
"I'm not sure what you have to do to beat these guys," an exasperated Johnny Keane, the Cards' skipper, had said at the conclusion of yesterday's game. "But we'll find a way." The Cardinals seemed to have found it by putting together five hits for four runs against Joe Horlen in the 3rd, capped off by a two-run dinger by Stan Musial. Cards starter Ernie Broglio kept the Dusters at bay until the 5th when Jerry Adair scored on a Maury Wills single. Keane got nervous in the 6th when Lee Maye singled and Billy Williams doubled to put men on second and third with nobody out. And his fears were realized when Tom Tresh clubbed a three-run shot over the left field fence to tie the game. In the 7th, with two out and one on, Redbird reliever walked Maye and Williams to load the bases for Clete Boyer, who hit a grand slam that put Nevada on top 8-4. Jim Brewer faced a bases-loaded dilemma in the 8th but induced a fly ball out from Minnie Minoso to take the lead into the 9th, where he retired the heart of the St. Louis order to get his first win of the season. Boyer went 2-for-4 with four RBI, finishing the series 5-for-12 with nine ribbies and a home run in each contest. Nevada was five-and-a-half games in front of Chicago in the NL as St. Louis dropped to third place.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Tresh, Blanchard, Adair, Horlen
Record: 25-8
Dusters 8, Cardinals 4


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 16,611 ... Revenue YTD: $13.1M ... Profit YTD $4.3M ... Cash: $28.3M ... Team Payroll: $35.4M

Series Stats:
2B: Boyer 1, Williams 1, Adair 1
3B: Williams 1
HR: Boyer 3, Tresh 2
SB: Power 1, Wills 1
R: Maye 3, Williams 4, Boyer 4, Tresh 2, Adair 2, Brewer 1
RBI: Boyer 9, Tresh 4, Wills 2, Adair 1
IP: McNally 7.1, Schultz 1.2, Niekro 9.0, Horlen 6.2, Brewer 2.1
K: McNally 2, Niekro 7, Horlen 4
ER: McNally 3, Niekro 1, Horlen 4
W: Schultz 1, Niekro 1, Brewer 1
L: none
SV: none

Around the Leagues:
CHW traded J.C. Martin (1B) to BAL for Bill Short (p) and Andy Etchebarren (c).
BOS signed Norm Larker (1b).


What Really Happened...
5.8--Pittsburgh's Willie Stargell hits his first major league home run.
5.8--Stan Musial gets his 1,357th extra-base hit, surpassing Babe Ruth's ML record.
5.9--Ernie Banks (CHC) becomes the first National League first baseman to record 22 putouts in a game.

FEATURED GAME
St. Louis Cardinals at Nevada Dusters
May 9, 1963
TOP OF THE FIRST
Joe Horlen takes the mound for the Dusters.
Julian Javier popped up to second. <--->
Curt Flood singled into right field. <--1>
Stan Musial singled in the left field gap, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Willie McCovey popped up to second. <3-1>
Ken Boyer popped up behind home plate. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Ernie Broglio takes the mound for the Cardinals.
Maury Wills flied out to right field. <--->
Vic Power grounded to short. <--->
Lee Maye struck out. <--->
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
George Altman struck out. <--->
Gene Oliver singled back through the middle. <--1>
Gene Oliver was picked off first. <--->
Julio Gotay singled back through the middle. <--1>
Ernie Broglio grounded to first. <--1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Billy Williams grounded to third. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to first. <--->
Tom Tresh walked. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard flied out to left field. <--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
Julian Javier singled to center field. <--1>
Julian Javier went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
Curt Flood singled back through the middle. <--1>
Stan Musial homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
Willie McCovey grounded to second. <--->
Ken Boyer walked. <--1>
George Altman singled through the left side. <-21>
Gene Oliver singled to right field, scoring a run. <3-1>
Julio Gotay reached first on a fielding error by the center fielder - a run scored. <-21>
Ernie Broglio struck out. <-21>
4 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the third, St. Louis leads 4 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Jerry Adair doubled in the right field gap. <-2->
Joe Horlen lined out to first. <-2->
Maury Wills flied out to right field. <-2->
Vic Power popped up behind home plate. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 4 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Julian Javier grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Curt Flood grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Stan Musial grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, St. Louis leads 4 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Lee Maye grounded to short. <--->
Billy Williams popped up to second. <--->
Clete Boyer singled into right field. <--1>
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada trails 4 to 0.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Willie McCovey lined out to right. <--->
Ken Boyer struck out. <--->
George Altman popped up to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, St. Louis leads 4 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--->
Jerry Adair singled through the left side. <--1>
Joe Horlen laid down a sacrifice bunt to first. <-2->
Maury Wills singled to center field, scoring a run. <--1>
Vic Power popped up foul down the first base line. <--1>
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada trails 4 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Gene Oliver grounded to the second baseman. <--->
Julio Gotay grounded to third. <--->
Ernie Broglio struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, St. Louis leads 4 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Lee Maye singled down the third base line. <--1>
Billy Williams doubled down the right field line. <32->
Clete Boyer struck out. <32->
Tom Tresh homered over the left field fence for three RBIs. <--->
Johnny Blanchard flied out to right field. <--->
Jerry Adair flied out to center. <--->
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 4.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Julian Javier flied out to left. <--->
Curt Flood popped up to second. <--->
Jim Brewer came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Stan Musial grounded to first. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Harry Fanok came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Jim Brewer reached first on a fielding error by the first baseman. <--1>
Maury Wills popped up to the shortstop. <--1>
Vic Power flied out to center. <--1>
Lee Maye walked. <-21>
Billy Williams walked. <321>
Clete Boyer homered over the center field fence for a grand slam. <--->
Bobby Shantz came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to short. <--->
4 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada leads 8 to 4.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Willie McCovey walked. <--1>
Ken Boyer flied out to center. <--1>
George Altman flied out to center. <--1>
Gene Oliver singled through the hole. <-21>
Jim Lemon pinch hit for Julio Gotay. <-21>
Jim Lemon walked. <321>
Minnie Minoso pinch hit for Bobby Shantz. <321>
Minnie Minoso flied out to left. <321>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, St. Louis trails 8 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Ray Sadecki came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Alex Grammas came in to play Shortstop. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to third. <--->
Jerry Adair flied out to right. <--->
Jim Brewer singled up the middle. <--1>
Maury Wills grounded to the third baseman. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 8 to 4.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Julian Javier popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--->
Curt Flood popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Stan Musial singled to right. <--1>
Willie McCovey grounded to third. <--1>

DUSTERS WIN: 8-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Cardinals (STL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 x 8 9 1

ST. LOUIS ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
J. Javier (2B) 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
C. Flood (CF) 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .289
S. Musial (LF) 5 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 .333
W. McCovey (1B) 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .324
K. Boyer (3B) 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 .202
G. Altman (RF) 4 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .310
G. Oliver (C) 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .429
J. Gotay (SS) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212
J. Lemon (PH) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .192
A. Grammas (SS) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .077
E. Broglio (P) 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000
H. Fanok (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
B. Shantz (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
M. Minoso (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364
R. Sadecki (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 37 11 3 4 1 3 4 0

HR: S. Musial (8
)
ST. LOUIS ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
E. Broglio 6.0 7 1 1 4 4 3 91 3.00
H. Fanok 0.2 1 2 1 4 0 0 25 2.45
B. Shantz 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4.15
R. Sadecki 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 2.84
TOTALS 8.0 9 3 2 8 4 3 130

NEVADA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
M. Wills (SS) 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .346
V. Power (1B) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .350
L. Maye (RF) 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 .361
B. Williams (LF) 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 .342
C. Boyer (3B) 4 2 0 1 1 4 1 0 .325
T. Tresh (CF) 3 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 .271
J. Blanchard (C) 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .186
J. Adair (2B) 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .241
J. Horlen (P) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
J. Brewer (P) 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250
TOTALS 33 9 3 8 2 8 3 0

2B: B. Williams (7), J. Adair (2)
HR: C. Boyer (9), T. Tresh (9)

NEVADA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
J. Horlen 6.2 9 1 1 4 4 4 104 4.10
J. Brewer 2.1 2 2 0 0 0 0 36 2.20
TOTALS 9.0 11 3 1 4 4 4 140

WP: J. Brewer (1-2)
LP: H. Fanok (2-1)

Temperature: 59F
Wind: Calm
Attendance: 18,696
Time: 2:45