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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Phillies @ Dusters
April 13-15, 1963
The 1963 Nevada Dusters
C:
Johnny Blanchard (81), 30, 10th, $4,400,000, 1965
Cam Carreon (74/75), 25, 6th, $330,000, 1964 (Arb.)
1B:
Vic Power (78), 35, 11th, $3,050,000, 1964
Gordy Coleman (76), 28, 6th, $1,500,000, 1963
2B:
Jerry Adair (80), 26, 7th, $3,750,000, 1965
Ken Hubbs (73/81), 21, 2nd, $360,000, 1965 (Arb.)
3B:
Clete Boyer (85), 26, 10th, $4,950,000, 1966
Hector Lopez (76) 33, 10th, $1,300,000, 1964*
SS:
Maury Wills (88), 30, 6th, $5,700,000, 1967
Johnny Schaive (76), 29, 2nd, $360,000, 1964 (Arb.)
LF:
Billy Williams (92/94), 24, 6th, $360,000, 1964 (Arb.)
Lou Johnson (72), 28, 2nd, $327,000, 1965 (Arb.)
CF:
Tom Tresh (85), 25, 2nd, $327,000, 1965 (Arb.)
RF:
Lee Maye (81), 28, 6th, $2,200,000, 1964
SP:
Joe Horlen (87), 25, 2nd, $330,000, 1965 (Arb.)
Dave McNally (90), 20, 2nd, $330,000, 1965 (Arb.)
Tony Cloninger (85), 22, 4th, $327,000, 1965 (Arb.)
Pete Richert (72/78), 23, 2nd, $330,000, 1965 (Arb.)
Jim Bouton (81), 24, Rookie, $327,000, 1966 (Arb.)
Phil Niekro (85/90), Rookie, $327,000, 1966 (Arb.)
RP:
Bill Dailey (76), 27, 2nd, $327,000, 1965 (Arb.)
Claude Raymond (78/81), 25, 2nd, $327,000, 1964 (Arb.)
Barney Schultz (66/70), 36, 10th, $1,150,000, 1963
Jim Brewer (79), 25, 5th, $360,000, 1964 (Arb.)
Bob Duliba (76), 28, 6th, $600,000, 1963
Jim Roland (74/76), 20, Rookie, $330,000, 1966 (Arb.)

* Lopez also plays left field, and when he does Williams shifts to right field and either Maye or Tresh is in center.

Phil Niekro

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES(2-7) @ NEVADA DUSTERS (7-2)
April 13-15, 1963
Horizon Field (Las Vegas, NV)

DL: Barney Schultz (rp), sore tricep, 2 days; Hector Lopez (lf), sore knee, 5 days; Wayne Granger (rp-Montana Wolves R), fractured eye bone, 9 days; Jesus Alou (rf--Tucson Stingers A), shoulder bursitis, 2 days.

Philadelphia Phillies Game 1 starting lineup:
Tony Taylor (2b), Leon Wagner (lf), Jackie Brandt (cf), Dick Allen (1b), Bob Allison (rf), Clay Dalrymple (c), Billy Klaus (3b), Billy Consolo (ss), Chris Short (sp)

Game 1, April 13
The Dusters' long home stand continued with their third series against the Phillies, as knuckleballer Phil Niekro got his second start. The Phillies took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd when a fielding error by second baseman Johnny Schaive helped load the bases for Dick Allen, who drove in a run, and Bob Allison, who singled through the right side for two more. The Dusters close the gap to 3-2, but in the 6th Philadelphia collected four runs on four hits, including a three-run homer by Bob Skinner off reliever Pete Richert to give them a 7-2 advantage. The Dusters rallied in the bottom of the 6th for three runs and a Tom Tresh homer in the 7th made it 7-6 but the Phillies held on to win. Niekro (5.2ip, 8h, 2bb, 6r, 3er, 5k, 2.03) got the loss while Maury Wills went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. The decision was made that -- for the time being, at least -- Niekro would be retained as the 5th starter and Jim Roland would be sent down to AAA to make room for Richert in the bullpen.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Schaive, Niekro
Record: 7-3
Phillies 7, Dusters 6

Game 2, April 14
Back from the DL, Joe Horlen took the mound against former teammate Steve Barber, and Clete Boyer gave Horlen a 3rd inning lead as he tripled and then scored on a Jerry Adair single. But in the Philadelphia 4th, with men at first and third, Horlen threw a wild pitch and the tying run scored before Bobby Wine hit an RBI double to put the Phillies on top 2-1. In the Nevada 8th Billy Williams scored from second when Tom Tresh singled through the right side, eluding the tag at home. Vic Power doubled with two out in the bottom of the 9th and Lee Maye came through with a RBI single to win the game 3-2. Horlen allowed two runs on four hits through seven innings, but Claude Raymond, who kept the Phillies in check in the final two innings, earned his second win of the year. Wills (2-for-5) continued to prosper in the leadoff spot, while Tom Tresh finished the day 3-for-4. Of continuing concern was the .162 average for Billy Williams, who could not seem to get on the track. Conn Hudson and Ben Naylor expressed complete confidence in Williams, but the press wondered how long Billy would remain in the lineup with those kind of numbers.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Adair, Horlen
Record: 8-3
Dusters 3, Phillies 2

Game 3, April 15
Tony Cloninger and his mound opponent, Dennis Bennett, put on a display of pitching prowess that kept the game a scoreless tie until the 6th when Vic Power stretched a single into a double, Lee Maye drew a walk, and Billy Williams hit a RBI single. Maye scored from third when Clete Boyer hit into a double play, and Nevada led 2-0. One inning later the Dusters engaged in a two-out rally that saw Maye hit a bases-loaded two-bagger for three RBIs, Williams drive one over the right field fence for two more runs, and Johnny Blanchard contribute another two-run homer for a total of seven runs on four hits. The Phillies got a run in the 8th, but that was all, as Cloninger (6.2ip, 2h, 2bb, 0r, 0er, 3k, 0.95era) go 3-0 on the year. Conn Hudson was encouraged that Williams went 2-for-3 with a walk. "Hopefully," said the GM, "this means Billy is climbing out of his slump." The Dusters remained a half-game ahead of the Reds and one game up on Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The bad news was that Jim Bouton pulled a groin in practice and would be on the DL for two weeks, while Claude Raymond was out for a couple of days with a bruised foot. Pete Richert returned to the starting rotation and Jim Roland, who'd hardly had time to unpack his bags in Bakersfield, was recalled to the bullpen.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Adair, Cloninger
Record: 8-3
Dusters 9, Phillies 1

Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 15,427 ... Revenue YTD: $4.8M ... Profit YTD $1.6M ... Cash: $25.6M ... Team Payroll: $35.4M

Series Stats:
2B: Power 2, Tresh 1, Maye 2
3B: Boyer 1
HR: Tresh 1, Blanchard 1, Williams 1
SB: Wills 2
R: Wills 3, Blanchard 2, Tresh 2, Schaive 1, Power 3, Williams 2, Boyer 2, Maye 2, Schultz 1
RBI: Power 1, Maye 5, Williams 4, Tresh 1, Schaive 1, Coleman 1, Adair 1, Blanchard 2
IP: Niekro 5.2, Richert 0.1, Brewer 1.0, Raymond 4.0, Horlen 7.0, Cloninger 6.2, Schultz 1.1, Duliba 1.0
K: Niekro 5, Raymond 3, Horlen 2, Cloninger 3
ER: Niekro 3, Richert 1, Horlen 2, Schultz 1
W: Raymond 1, Cloninger 1
L: Niekro 1
SV: none

Around the Leagues:
CHC--Hank Aaron collects his 1,000th RBI.
WSA signed Doug Camilli (c), BAL signed Marv Throneberry (1b).
CHC--Lee Gregory (p), inflamed rotator cuff, four weeks.
CIN--Darrell Osteen (p), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.
CHC--Daryl Robertson (ss), wrist stress fracture, four weeks.

What Really Happened..
April 13--Pete Rose (CIN) records his first major league hit, a triple off Pittsburgh's Bob Friend. A major league record seven balks are called in this game, won 12-4 by the Pirates.
April 13--Dave Morehead becomes the first Red Sox hurler since 1945 to record a shutout in his first ML start as Boston beats Washington 3-0.
April 14--Phillies reliever Jack Baldschun gets two wins in one day as Philadelphia sweeps a doubleheader with the Cardinals.

FEATURED GAME
Philadelphia Phillies at Nevada Dusters
April 14, 1963
TOP OF THE FIRST
Joe Horlen takes the mound for the Dusters.
Tony Taylor grounded to short. <--->
Jerry Lynch popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Jackie Brandt walked. <--1>
Dick Allen singled up the middle. <-21>
Bob Allison popped up to second. <-21>
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
Steve Barber takes the mound for the Phillies.
Maury Wills struck out. <--->
Vic Power walked. <--1>
Lee Maye popped up behind home plate. <--1>
Billy Williams flied out to left. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Jimmie Coker grounded to short. <--->
Billy Klaus grounded to first. <--->
Bobby Wine walked. <--1>
Steve Barber struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Clete Boyer tripled to right-center. <3-->
Johnny Blanchard lined out to right field. <3-->
Tom Tresh grounded to third. <3-->
Jerry Adair singled to right, scoring a run. <--1>
Joe Horlen singled back through the middle. <-21>
Maury Wills singled up the middle. <321>
Vic Power grounded to short. <321>
1 run, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Tony Taylor popped up to second. <--->
Jerry Lynch singled to right. <--1>
Jackie Brandt popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--1>
Dick Allen grounded to first. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the third, Philadelphia trails 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Lee Maye doubled down the right field line. <-2->
Billy Williams popped up foul down the third base line. <-2->
Clete Boyer grounded to short. <-2->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada leads 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Bob Allison walked. <--1>
Jimmie Coker singled to center field. <-21>
Billy Klaus flied out to right. <-21>
Bob Allison tagged up and reached third. <3-1>
Joe Horlen threw a wild pitch - a run scored. <-2->
Bobby Wine doubled over the right fielder, scoring a run. <-2->
Steve Barber grounded to third. The runner was tagged out at third. <--1>
Tony Taylor grounded to second. <--1>
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Tom Tresh doubled in the right field gap. <-2->
Jerry Adair grounded to short. <-2->
Joe Horlen struck out. <-2->
Maury Wills grounded to first. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Jerry Lynch grounded to third. <--->
Jackie Brandt was hit by a pitch. <--1>
Dick Allen flied out to center. <--1>
Bob Allison grounded to first. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Vic Power grounded to first. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to third. <--->
Billy Williams grounded to second. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Jimmie Coker struck out. <--->
Billy Klaus grounded to short. <--->
Bobby Wine grounded to the shortstop. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Clete Boyer struck out. <--->
Johnny Blanchard grounded to the shortstop. <--->
Tom Tresh singled to center. <--1>
Tom Tresh went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Steve Barber lined out to right. <--->
Tony Taylor popped up to the second baseman. <--->
Jerry Lynch flied out to left. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
Cam Carreon pinch hit for Joe Horlen. <--->
Cam Carreon singled to right. <--1>
Maury Wills bunts for a base hit in front of first. <-21>
Vic Power grounded to third, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Lee Maye flied out to right. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada trails 2 to 1.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Jackie Brandt grounded to third. <--->
Dick Allen walked. <--1>
Bob Allison struck out. <--1>
Jimmie Coker grounded to the shortstop. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Billy Consolo came in to play Shortstop. <--->
Billy Williams walked. <--1>
Clete Boyer walked. <-21>
Johnny Blanchard flied out to center. <-21>
Tom Tresh singled through the left side. <321>
Billy Williams went for an extra base and reached home, scoring a run. <-21>
John Boozer came in to pitch for the Phillies. <-21>
Jerry Adair grounded to first for a double play (3-6-3). <-2->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Billy Klaus singled to center. <--1>
Billy Klaus went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. <--->
Billy Consolo struck out. <--->
Joe Adcock pinch hit for John Boozer. <--->
Joe Adcock reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <--1>
Tony Taylor flied out to center. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Jack Baldschun came in to pitch for the Phillies. <--->
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Claude Raymond. <--->
Gordy Coleman struck out. <--->
Maury Wills lined out to left. <--->
Vic Power doubled over the center fielder. <-2->
Lee Maye singled to center, scoring a run. <--1>

DUSTERS WIN: 3-2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Phillies (PHI) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Dusters (NEV) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 12 1

PHILADELPHIA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
T. Taylor (2B) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
J. Lynch (LF) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400
J. Brandt (CF) 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .175
D. Allen (1B) 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256
B. Allison (RF) 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 .211
J. Coker (C) 4 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .182
B. Klaus (3B) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .171
B. Wine (SS) 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .179
B. Consolo (SS) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .111
S. Barber (P) 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
J. Boozer (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J. Adcock (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
J. Baldschun (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 32 5 4 2 0 2 4 0

2B: B. Wine (1)

PHILADELPHIA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
S. Barber 7.1 10 3 0 2 2 4 125 3.57
J. Boozer 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5.91
J. Baldschun 0.2 2 0 0 1 1 1 11 4.50
TOTALS 8.2 12 3 0 3 3 5 139
NEVADA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
M. Wills (SS) 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .419
V. Power (1B) 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .429
L. Maye (RF) 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .395
B. Williams (LF) 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .162
C. Boyer (3B) 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 .326
J. Blanchard (C) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
T. Tresh (CF) 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
J. Adair (2B) 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .167
J. Horlen (P) 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
C. Carreon (PH) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
C. Raymond (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
G. Coleman (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
TOTALS 36 12 3 3 0 2 5 0

2B: V. Power (3), T. Tresh (2), L. Maye (3)
3B: C. Boyer (1)

NEVADA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
J. Horlen 7.0 4 3 0 2 2 2 90 4.09
C. Raymond 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 2 27 3.00
TOTALS 9.0 5 4 0 2 2 4 117

WP: C. Raymond (2-0)
LP: J. Baldschun (0-2
)
Temperature: 60F
Wind: 2 MPH (out to right)
Attendance: 13,781
Time: 2:46