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NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Minor League Shuffle
A number of players in the Nevada Dusters minor league affiliates are filling in change-of-address forms today as the organization is moving prospects up through the ranks. Second baseman Cookie Rojas, third baseman George Banks, outfielder Jose Cardenal and pitcher Ray Culp have been called up from Salt Lake City (AA) to the AAA Bakersfield Bullets. Rojas and Banks have been consistent with their offensive production and displayed stellar fielding, while Cardenal has terrorized opposing pitchers with his .418 batting average, compiling seven homers and 41 RBI in 46 games. Culp, acquired in last year's Steve Barber trade, was 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA in nine starts with the Saints.

Felix Millan (.353, 0, 27) was called up from Tucson (A) to the Salt Lake City Saints to take over at second base, and Bob Bailey (.346, 8, 34) replaced Banks at third base. Outfielder Roger Repoz, who was on the DL much of last season, has made the most of his opportunities this year, and replaces Cardenal, while Bruce Howard, who is 3-0 with a 1.12 ERA in seven starts with the Stingers, will fill the spot in the Salt Lake City rotation made available by Culp's promotion. Sandy Alomar (2b) and Marcelino Lopez(p) were called up from Montana (R) to the Tucson Stingers.

Danny Cater (1b) was traded to the Philadelphia for Johnny Briggs (lf), who had been picked in the 4th round of the draft by the Phillies. "Danny is a fine prospect," said Conn Hudson, "but we had a logjam of first basemen at Tucson, with Danny, Tony Perez and Tommie Aaron, and none of them were getting the playing time they deserve." The Dusters had shown interest in drafting Briggs before the Phillies took him.

"We pay careful attention to our prospects and the timing of their call-ups" said Jim Fridley, Nevada's head scout. "Our philosophy is that continued success at the major league market for a club in a small market, like the Dusters, depends on having good players ready to come to Las Vegas at every position, because the financial situation is such that we can't expect to keep the Duster lineup intact for more than two or three seasons in a row."


Cookie Rojas, promoted from AA Salt Lake City to Bakersfield, played winter ball in the Cuban League.
New York Mets (12-33) @ Nevada Dusters (34-8)
May 22-24, 1963
Horizon Field (Las Vegas)
DL: Jim Bouton (sp), wrist bone spur, 4 days.
New York Mets Game 1 starting lineup:
Sammy Drake (rf), Dick Smith (1b), Joe Christopher (lf), Jim Hickman (cf), Charlie Neal (2b), Harry Chiti (c), Ted Schreiber (3b), Al Moran (ss), Bill Singer (sp)
Game 1, May 22
The first two Mets batters got hits off starter Joe Horlen, and New York scored a run in the 1st, but Clete Boyer's solo homer in the 2nd tied it up. In his next at-bat, in the 4th, Boyer hit his fourteenth dinger, a two-run shot into the left field bleachers to put the Dusters on top 3-1. Horlen settled down and allowed just two more hits in his seven innings on the hill. In the 7th Maury Wills singled, stole second, and scored on a Vic Power single -- by now a familiar story to Nevada fans. The Dusters committed a pair of miscues in the New York 8th but Claude Raymond pitched out of trouble. In the 9th he gave up a run before Cleon Jones hit into a 5-4-3 double play that ended the game, Nevada's thirteenth victory in a row. Horlen improved to 3-0, Raymond got his fifth save, and Boyer finished 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Tresh, Lopez, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, Horlen
Record: 35-8
Dusters 4, Mets 2
Game 2, May 23
It looked as though Mets starter Jerry Koosman had the answer to stopping the Duster offensive juggernaut, holding Nevada scoreless through the first five and clinging to a 1-0 lead. But a 6th-inning solo homer by Lee Maye tied the game, and in the 8th, against reliever Craig Anderson, the Dusters unlimbered their bats and scored seven runs, four of them on a Maye grand slam. Maury Wills stole three bases, Tom Tresh clubbed his eleventh home run of the season, and Ken Hubbs, spelling Jerry Adair at second, went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a base theft of his own. Starter Tony Cloninger allowed a run on six hits through six, while Jim Brewer improved his record to 2-2 with the win. Maury Wills recorded three base thefts. Despite the 14-game win streak, the Dusters still remained nine games ahead of the Cardinals, as St. Louis had strung together six consecutive victories.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Tresh, Lopez, Hubbs, Carreon, Cloninger
Record: 36-8
Dusters 8, Mets 1
Game 3, May 24
As had been the case in the first two games of the series, the Mets struck first, scoring a run in the opening frame, this time against starter Dave McNally. But the Dusters jumped out in front 2-1 in their half of the inning, and Johnny Blanchard tacked on another run with his solo homer in the 2nd. Then Tony Oliva contributed his own solo blast to open the 3rd. From that point on the Mets never got a baserunner past first, as McNally pitched his second consecutive complete game, allowing just five hits while walking three and striking out three. His record improved to 7-1 with an ERA of 2.49. The rookie Oliva finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Their fifteenth consecutive win meant that Nevada had swept their last five series and, with St. Louis losing, they found themselves with a comfortable ten-game lead in the NL.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Oliva, Williams, Maye, Boyer, Blanchard, Adair, McNally
Record: 37-8
Dusters 5, Mets 1
Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 17,134 ... Revenue YTD: $18.2M ... Profit YTD $6.2M ... Cash: $30.2M ... Team Payroll: $35.4M
Series Stats:
2B: Power 1
3B: none
HR: Boyer 2, Tresh 1, Maye 2, Blanchard 1, Oliva 1
SB: Wills 5
R: Wills 2, Lopez 1, Boyer 3, Johnson 1, Power 1, Williams 1, Maye 2, Tresh 1, Hubbs 1, Carreon 1, Oliva 2, Blanchard 1
RBI: Power 2, Boyer 3, Johnson 1, Maye 6, Tresh 1, Oliva 2, Blanchard 2
IP: Horlen 7.0, Raymond 2.0, Cloninger 6.0, Brewer 2.0, Schultz 1.0, McNally 9.0
K: Horlen 4, Cloninger 1, Brewer 1, McNally 3
ER: Horlen 1, Raymond 1, Cloninger 1, McNally 1
W: Horlen 1 (3-0), Brewer 1 (2-2), McNally 1 (7-1)
L: none
SV: Raymond 1 (5)
Around the Leagues:
CIN -- Jim Maloney (p), stretched knee ligament, four weeks.
PHI -- Jack Hamilton (p), broken hip, three months.
WSA released Ken Mackenzie (p).
CIN released Jim Brosnan (p).
NEV traded Danny Cater (2b) to PHI for Johnny Briggs (of).

What Really Happened...
5.22 -- Eddie Yost manages the Washington Senators for one day following the departure of Mickey Vernon and prior to the arrival of his successor, Gil Hodges. Yost's managerial career is the shortest in ML history.
5.22 -- Mickey Mantle breaks an extra-innings tie between the Yankees and the Athletics by clubbing a ball onto the right field roof -- "the hardest ball I ever hit," according to the Mick. A physicist later estimates the ball would have traveled 620 feet had it not struck the roof.

FEATURED GAME

New York Mets at Nevada Dusters
May 23, 1963
TOP OF THE FIRST
Tony Cloninger takes the mound for the Dusters.
Shaun Fitzmaurice singled to left. <--1>
Sammy Drake grounded to short. <-2->
Dick Smith singled to left, scoring a run. <--1>
Frank Thomas grounded to first. <-2->
Charlie Neal grounded to second. <-2->
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the first, New York leads 1 to 0.
BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Jerry Koosman takes the mound for the Mets.
Maury Wills hit an infield single to the pitcher. <--1>
Maury Wills stole second. <-2->
Vic Power popped up to second. <-2->
Lee Maye was hit by a pitch. <-21>
Maury Wills stole third. <3-1>
Billy Williams struck out. <3-1>
Tom Tresh flied out to right. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the first, Nevada trails 1 to 0.
TOP OF THE SECOND
Hobie Landrith popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--->
Ted Schreiber grounded to third. <--->
Al Moran doubled to right-center. <-2->
Jerry Koosman popped up foul down the first base line. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, New York leads 1 to 0.
BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Hector Lopez grounded to short. <--->
Ken Hubbs singled through the left side. <--1>
Cam Carreon grounded to second. <-2->
Tony Cloninger flied out to right field. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada trails 1 to 0.
TOP OF THE THIRD
Shaun Fitzmaurice grounded to third. <--->
Sammy Drake struck out. <--->
Dick Smith doubled down the third base line. <-2->
Frank Thomas walked. <-21>
Charlie Neal grounded to the second baseman. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the third, New York leads 1 to 0.
BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Maury Wills grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Vic Power grounded to first. <--->
Lee Maye reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <--1>
Billy Williams walked. <-21>
Tom Tresh lined out to center. <-21>
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 1 to 0.
TOP OF THE FOURTH
Hobie Landrith flied out to left. <--->
Ted Schreiber popped up to short. <--->
Al Moran grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, New York leads 1 to 0.
BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Hector Lopez grounded to first. <--->
Ken Hubbs singled to right field. <--1>
Cam Carreon lined out to second. <--1>
Tony Cloninger struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada trails 1 to 0.
TOP OF THE FIFTH
Jerry Koosman grounded to first. <--->
Shaun Fitzmaurice singled to right field. <--1>
Shaun Fitzmaurice was caught stealing second. <--->
Sammy Drake singled through the right side. <--1>
Sammy Drake stole second. <-2->
Dick Smith grounded to short. <-2->
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, New York leads 1 to 0.
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Maury Wills struck out. <--->
Vic Power popped up to second. <--->
Lee Maye homered over the right field fence. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to third. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 1.
TOP OF THE SIXTH
Frank Thomas grounded to second. <--->
Charlie Neal flied out to right. <--->
Hobie Landrith grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 1.
BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Tom Tresh singled through the right side. <--1>
Hector Lopez flied out to left. <--1>
Ken Hubbs flied out to right. <--1>
Cam Carreon reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman. <-21>
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Tony Cloninger. <-21>
Gordy Coleman grounded to second. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 1.
TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Ted Schreiber singled in the left field gap. <--1>
Jim Brewer came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--1>
Al Moran laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
Cleon Jones pinch hit for Jerry Koosman. <-2->
Cleon Jones grounded to third. <-2->
Shaun Fitzmaurice struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 1.
BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Craig Anderson came in to pitch for the Mets. <--->
Maury Wills singled through the right side. <--1>
Vic Power popped up to the pitcher. <--1>
Maury Wills stole second. <-2->
Lee Maye popped up behind home plate. <-2->
Billy Williams walked. <-21>
Tom Tresh lined out to short. <-21>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 1.
TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Sammy Drake singled down the first base line. <--1>
Dick Smith grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Frank Thomas singled up the middle. <-21>
Charlie Neal grounded back to the pitcher, forcing the runner at third. <-21>
Hobie Landrith lined out to right field. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 1.
BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Hector Lopez grounded to short. <--->
Ken Hubbs walked. <--1>
Ken Hubbs stole second. <-2->
Cam Carreon walked. <-21>
Clete Boyer pinch hit for Jim Brewer. <-21>
Clete Boyer singled to left. <321>
Lou Johnson pinch hit for Maury Wills. <321>
Lou Johnson singled to left, scoring a run. <321>
Vic Power walked, scoring a run. <321>
Larry Bearnarth came in to pitch for the Mets. <321>
Lee Maye homered over the right field fence for a grand slam. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--->
Tom Tresh homered over the left field fence. <--->
Hector Lopez popped up to short. <--->
7 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 8 to 1.
TOP OF THE NINTH
Barney Schultz came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Jerry Adair came in to play Shortstop. <--->
Ted Schreiber popped up to short. <--->
Al Moran grounded to short. <--->
Joe Christopher pinch hit for Larry Bearnarth. <--->
Joe Christopher was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Shaun Fitzmaurice flied out to center. <--1>
DUSTERS WIN: 8-1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Mets (NYM) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 x 8 10 0
NEW YORK ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
S. Fitzmaurice (CF) 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .283
S. Drake (RF) 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .327
D. Smith (1B) 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200
F. Thomas (LF) 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .216
C. Neal (2B) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280
H. Landrith (C) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
T. Schreiber (3B) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .184
A. Moran (SS) 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .195
J. Koosman (P) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091
C. Jones (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190
C. Anderson (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
L. Bearnarth (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J. Christopher (PH) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207
TOTALS 34 9 1 1 0 1 2 1
2B: D. Smith (8), A. Moran (5)
NEW YORK ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
J. Koosman 6.0 5 1 1 1 1 3 87 3.45
C. Anderson 1.1 3 4 0 5 5 0 41 7.61
L. Bearnarth 0.2 2 0 2 2 2 0 16 4.19
TOTALS 8.0 10 5 3 8 8 3 144
NEVADA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
M. Wills (SS) 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .331
L. Johnson (PH) 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .462
J. Adair (SS) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
V. Power (1B) 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .337
L. Maye (RF) 4 2 0 2 2 5 0 0 .360
B. Williams (LF) 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 .320
T. Tresh (CF) 5 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 .299
H. Lopez (3B) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .356
K. Hubbs (2B) 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .235
C. Carreon (C) 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .259
T. Cloninger (P) 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
G. Coleman (P) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
J. Brewer (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
C. Boyer (PH) 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
B. Schultz (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 36 10 5 8 3 8 3 4
HR: T. Tresh (11), L. Maye 2 (8)
NEVADA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
T. Cloninger 6.0 6 1 0 1 1 1 90 2.59
J. Brewer 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 22 2.66
B. Schultz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 3.12
TOTALS 9.0 8 1 0 1 1 2 123
WP: J. Brewer (2-2)
LP: C. Anderson (0-3)
Temperature: 51F
Wind: 7 MPH (out to center)
Attendance: 18,631
Time: 2:48