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The
NEVADA DUSTERS
The Story of a Major League Baseball Franchise
Cardinals @ Dusters
April 16-18, 1963
Standings (as of 4.15)
NEV 9-3 .750 -- .308 2.39
CIN 9-4 .692 0.5 .260 3.30
PIT 8-4 .667 1.0 .261 2.04
STL 8-4 .667 1.0 .281 2.72
SFG 7-5 .583 2.0 .274 4.11
CHC 7-8 .467 3.5 .268 4.03
LAD 7-8 .467 3.5 .210 3.37
HOU 3-9 .250 6.0 .199 3.66
PHI 3-9 .250 6.0 .203 4.98
NYM 3-10 .231 6.5 .196 3.13
NYY 9-3 .750 -- .260 2.39
BAL 8-4 .667 1.0 .281 3.74
BOS 8-4 .667 1.0 .279 3.26
WSA 6-6 .500 3.0 .243 3.52
LAA 7-8 .467 3.5 .263 4.70
CWS 5-7 .417 4.0 .251 3.84
MIN 5-7 .417 4.0 .223 3.52
CLE 6-9 .400 4.5 .245 4.62
KCA 6-9 .400 4.5 .257 5.73
DET 6-9 .400 4.5 .237 3.55


S. Louis Cardinals (8-4) @ Nevada Dusters (9-3)
April 16-18, 1963
Horizon Field (Las Vegas, NV)

DL: Jim Bouton (sp), pulled groin, 14 days; Claude Raymond (rp), bruised foot, 1 day; Hector Lopez (lf), sore knee, 2 days; Wayne Granger (rp-Montana Wolves R), fractured eye bone, 6 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), Gene Oliver (c), Julio Gotay (ss), Larry Jackson (sp)

Game 1, April 16
Starter Dave McNally (2-0) had another solid outing in the opener, allowing three runs -- one of them a homer to Curt Flood in the 1st inning -- on six hits in 6.2 innings, striking out five. But it was Billy Williams who proved to be the Redbirds' nemesis today. Williams drove in Maury Wills with a single to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 1st. In the 3rd he hit a two-run homer (again with Wills on base in front of him). And in the 6th he hit a solo homer, finishing the day 4-for-4 with two runs and five RBI. Johnny Blanchard also homered in the 6th, his fifth long ball of the season. The Cards had their chances; in the 6th they put two on with no outs, but McNally came back to get the next three batters. In the 8th they had two on with no outs again and this time Barney Schultz held them in check. McNally got the win and Bill Dailey a save in the 6-3 decision. Maury Wills was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and the Dusters remained a half-game ahead of the Reds atop the NL.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Hubbs, McNally
Record: 10-3
Dusters 6, Cardinals 3

Game 2, April 17
The Dusters ran into a roadblock by the name of Bob Gibson, who struck out nine batters on his way to a complete game. Nevada's Phil Niekro was touched for a two-run homer by Willie McCovey in the first and gave up another run in the 5th, his last inning on the mound. Reliever Jim Roland took over and pitched well in his first outing of 1963, allowing no runs on three hits in 3.1 innings. The Dusters rallied in the 6th as Roland led off with a single and Maury Wills and Gordy Coleman, giving Vic Power a day off at first, followed suit to load the bases for Lee Maye, who singled in Roland. Coleman tagged up and scored on a Clete Boyer sac fly and Johnny Blanchard drew a walk to load the bases again, but Tom Tresh popped up to end the frame. The Dusters never threatened again. Wills went 3-for-4 with a stolen base while Niekro (1-2) took the loss. It was a costly victory for the Cards, however, as they lost catcher Gene Oliver for three weeks due to an ankle stress fracture.
Lineup: Wills, Coleman, Maye, Williams, Boyer, Blanchard, Tresh, Hubbs, Niekro
Record: 10-4
Cardinals 3, Dusters 2

Game 3, April 18
The home runs were flying out of Horizon Field in the rubber game that matched Pete Richert against Bob Buhl. Willie McCovey's leadoff homer in the 2nd gave the Cards a 1-0 lead until the 4th, when a pair of singles and a Redbird error loaded the bases for Jerry Adair, who knocked in two with a scorching single down the first base line. A third run scored on a Richert grounder. Lee Maye led off the Nevada 5th with a three-bagger before Clete Boyer homered, extending the Duster lead to 5-1. But St. Louis wasn't done. Stan Musial's 6th inning two-run dinger, followed by a solo roundtripper by Ken Boyer (brother to Nevada third baseman Clete) made it 5-4. Clete answered right back in the bottom of the 6th with a two-run single. Pinch hitter Gordy Coleman added his first long ball of the season in the 7th, and it was 8-4. Clete Boyer (4-for-5) hit his second homer in the 8th just for good measure, giving him six RBI on the day. Jim Brewer pitched effectively in the last two innings and Richert (5.0ip, 5h, 2bb, 3r, 3er, 2k, 4.38era) collected his first win. The Dusters had won the first five series of '63 and were one game ahead of the Reds atop the NL.
Lineup: Wills, Power, Maye, Williams, Blanchard, Boyer, Tresh, Adair, Richert
Record: 11-4
Dusters 10, Cardinals 4


Nevada Dusters financial update:
Average Attendance: 15,786 ... Revenue YTD: $6.2M ... Profit YTD $2.2M ... Cash: $26.2M ... Team Payroll: $35.4M

Series Stats:
2B: Wills 1
3B: Maye 1
HR: Blanchard 1, Williams 2, Boyer 2, Coleman 1
SB: Wills 2
R: Wills 3, Williams 3, Blanchard 2, Coleman 2, Roland 1, Power 1, Maye 2, Boyer 3, Tresh 1
RBI: Williams 5, Blanchard 1, Maye 1, Boyer 7, Adair 2, Richert 1, Coleman 1
IP: McNally 6.2, Schultz 2.1, Dailey 1.0, Niekro 5.0, Roland 3.1, Richert 5.0, Raymond 1.0, Brewer 2.0
K: McNally 5, Schultz 2, Niekro 2, Roland 2, Richert 2, Brewer 2
ER: McNally 3, Dailey 1, Niekro 3, Richert 3, Schultz 1
W: McNally 1, Richert 1
L: Niekro 1
SV: Dailey 1

Around the Leagues:
BOS released Sammy White (c) and Jim Marshall (1b).
BAL signed Dick Gernert (1b).
LAD--Larry Miller (p), wrist stress fracture, five weeks.
BOS--Bill Monbouquette (p), fractured eye bone, five weeks.
STL--Gene Oliver, (c), ankle stress fracture, three weeks.

A 1963 issue of Baseball Digest compared Maury Wills with Ty Cobb

What Really Happened...
April 16--The Los Angeles Angels set a ML record by using nine pitchers in an extra-inning game, which they lose, 11-10, to Minnesota in thirteen.
April 18--Johnny Edwards drives in all the Cincinnati runs in a 5-0 Reds victory over the Giants. Four of the runs come on a grand slam.

FEATURED GAME
St. Louis Cardinals at Nevada Dusters
April 18, 1963
TOP OF THE FIRST
Pete Richert takes the mound for the Dusters.
Julian Javier grounded to first. <--->
Curt Flood lined out to center. <--->
Stan Musial grounded to short. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Bob Buhl takes the mound for the Cardinals.
Maury Wills singled to center. <--1>
Vic Power grounded to third. <-2->
Lee Maye walked. <-21>
Billy Williams grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Clete Boyer flied out to center field. <3-1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Willie McCovey homered over the left field fence. <--->
Ken Boyer singled to left. <--1>
George Altman popped up to short. <--1>
Julio Gotay singled to center field, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Jimmie Schaffer popped up to the third baseman in foul ground. <3-1>
Bob Buhl grounded to third. <3-1>
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the second, St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Johnny Blanchard grounded to second. <--->
Tom Tresh grounded to second. <--->
Jerry Adair reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <--1>
Pete Richert grounded back to the pitcher. <--1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Julian Javier popped up to short. <--->
Curt Flood grounded to second. <--->
Stan Musial popped up behind home plate. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the third, St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Maury Wills flied out to right field. <--->
Vic Power singled through the right side. <--1>
Lee Maye grounded to second, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
Billy Williams grounded to short. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the third, Nevada trails 1 to 0.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Willie McCovey walked. <--1>
Ken Boyer grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <--->
George Altman struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Clete Boyer singled to center. <--1>
Johnny Blanchard singled to right. <-21>
Tom Tresh reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop. <321>
Jerry Adair singled down the first base line for two RBIs. <3-1>
Pete Richert grounded to the shortstop, scoring a run. <--1>
Maury Wills grounded to third. <-2->
Vic Power popped up to short. <-2->
3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, Nevada leads 3 to 1.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Julio Gotay popped up behind home plate. <--->
Jimmie Schaffer walked. <--1>
Bob Buhl laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
Julian Javier struck out. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, St. Louis trails 3 to 1.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Lee Maye tripled down the left field line. <3-->
Billy Williams struck out. <3-->
Clete Boyer homered into the right field bleachers for two RBIs. <--->
Bobby Shantz came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Johnny Blanchard struck out. <--->
Tom Tresh singled through the left side. <--1>
Jerry Adair grounded to short. <--1>
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, Nevada leads 5 to 1.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Curt Flood singled back through the middle. <--1>
Stan Musial homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. <--->
Barney Schultz came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Willie McCovey popped up to second. <--->
Ken Boyer homered over the left field fence. <--->
George Altman struck out. <--->
Julio Gotay grounded to the second baseman. <--->
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, St. Louis trails 5 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Cam Carreon pinch hit for Barney Schultz. <--->
Cam Carreon flied out to right. <--->
Maury Wills grounded to third. <--->
Vic Power singled through the left side. <--1>
Lee Maye walked. <-21>
Billy Williams walked. <321>
Clete Boyer singled through the left side for two RBIs. <-21>
Johnny Blanchard grounded to first. <-21>
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, Nevada leads 7 to 4.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Jimmie Schaffer walked. <--1>
Bobby Shantz bunts for a base hit down the first base line. <-21>
Julian Javier grounded to second, forcing the runner at third. <-21>
Curt Flood grounded to short, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
Stan Musial grounded to third. <3-1>
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, St. Louis trails 7 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
Tom Tresh lined out to short. <--->
Jerry Adair flied out to left. <--->
Gordy Coleman pinch hit for Claude Raymond. <--->
Gordy Coleman homered into the right field seats. <--->
Harry Fanok came in to pitch for the Cardinals. <--->
Maury Wills flied out to left field. <--->
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, Nevada leads 8 to 4.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Jim Brewer came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Willie McCovey walked. <--1>
Ken Boyer struck out. <--1>
George Altman grounded to short, forcing the runner at second. <--1>
George Altman stole second. <-2->
Julio Gotay grounded to the second baseman. <-2->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, St. Louis trails 8 to 4.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Vic Power struck out. <--->
Lee Maye flied out to left. <--->
Billy Williams singled to left. <--1>
Clete Boyer homered to right-center for two RBIs. <--->
Johnny Blanchard reached second on a throwing error by the shortstop. <-2->
Tom Tresh struck out. <-2->
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, Nevada leads 10 to 4.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Jimmie Schaffer grounded to third. <--->
Minnie Minoso pinch hit for Harry Fanok. <--->
Minnie Minoso lined out to center. <--->
Julian Javier struck out. <--->

DUSTERS WIN: 10-4

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + R H E
Cardinals (STL) 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 3
Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 2 x 10 13 0

ST. LOUIS ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
J. Javier (2B) 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .273
C. Flood (CF) 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .268
S. Musial (LF) 4 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 .276
W. McCovey (1B) 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 .320
K. Boyer (3B) 4 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 .364
G. Altman (RF) 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .259
J. Gotay (SS) 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220
J. Schaffer (C) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
B. Buhl (P) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
B. Shantz (P) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
H. Fanok (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
M. Minoso (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
TOTALS 32 7 4 4 3 4 5 1

HR: W. McCovey (5), K. Boyer (4), S. Musial (4)

ST. LOUIS ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
B. Buhl 4.1 7 1 1 5 4 1 80 2.22
B. Shantz 2.1 4 2 1 3 3 1 43 5.14
H. Fanok 1.1 2 0 1 2 2 2 27 4.09
TOTALS 8.0 13 3 3 10 9 4 150
NEVADA ab h bb r hr bi k sb avg
M. Wills (SS) 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .443
V. Power (1B) 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .375
L. Maye (RF) 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 .386
B. Williams (LF) 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 .250
C. Boyer (3B) 5 4 0 3 2 6 0 0 .317
J. Blanchard (C) 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .255
T. Tresh (CF) 5 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .226
J. Adair (2B) 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .156
P. Richert (P) 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250
B. Schultz (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C. Carreon (PH) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
C. Raymond (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
G. Coleman (PH) 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 .444
J. Brewer (P) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
TOTALS 40 13 3 10 3 10 4 0

3B: L. Maye (1)
HR: C. Boyer 2 (4), G. Coleman (1)

NEVADA ip h bb hr r er k pit ERA
P. Richert 5.0 5 2 2 3 3 2 78 4.38
B. Schultz 1.0 1 0 1 1 1 1 19 2.70
C. Raymond 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 15 2.77
J. Brewer 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 2 29 2.08
TOTALS 9.0 7 4 3 4 4 5 141

WP: P. Richert (1-0)
LP: B. Buhl (2-2)

Temperature: 58F
Wind: Calm
Attendance: 16,573
Time: 2:49