Chicago Cubs @ Nevada Dusters
May 25-27, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
FIRST MEETING WITH THE CUBS
Game 1
May 25, 1963

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

WP: Ellsworth (6-3)
     LP: Duliba (2-3)

     Attendance: 28,025
     Time: 3:27

Nevada Dusters record: 37-15
The Dusters came home to Horizon Field for their first-ever meeting with the Cubs -- and the script couldn't have been better. Chicago was riding a hot streak, having won five in a row and standing in second place in the NL, five-and-a-half games behind Nevada. Game 1 was scoreless through three, but Nevada starter Dave McNally issued a pair of walks to start the Chicago 4th, Fregosi committed a fielding error, and the Cubs put a run on the board courtesy of a long fly Dick Bertell hit to left. Albie Pearson's solo moonshot in the bottom of the 4th tied the game at 1. George Banks, subbing at 3rd for Clete Boyer, walked to lead off the Nevada 5th. Johnny Roseboro doubled and Ben Naylor pinch hit Vic Power for McNally. Power reached first and Banks scored on a fielding error by Cubs left fielder Hank Aaron.* Then Roseboro tagged up and went home on a Lee Maye fly ball to right, and it was 3-1 Dusters. Having pulled McNally, Naylor depended on a bullpen weakened by the absence of the still-injured Claude Raymond and Dwight Siebler, and in the Chicago 7th reliever Bob Duliba struggling of late gave up a three-run homer to Ron Santo, and the Cubs took the lead, 4-3. In the 8th Andre Rodgers hit a three-run homer of his own off Jim Brewer. The Dusters tried to rally in their half of the 8th, as Billy Williams singled, Jerry Adair doubled, and Albie Pearson walked to load the bases. But Cubs reliever Don Elston got the next three Nevada batters out. Adair singled in a run in the 9th, but the Cubs won 7-4, with Duliba taking the loss.
Game 2
May 26, 1963

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

WP: Duliba (3-3)
     LP: Elston (1-1)

     Attendance: 27,802
     Time: 3:58

Nevada Dusters record: 38-15
In Game 2 the Dusters could do nothing against Chicago starter Al Jackson early on, getting just one hit, a Jerry Adair single in the 4th, through five innings. Meanwhile, the Cubs victimized Pete Richert with a pair of doubles in the 1st that contributed to a 2-0 lead. But in the 6th the Nevada bats came alive. Pinch hitting for Richert, Vic Power started the rally with a single and advanced to third on a Lee Maye single. Jim Fregosi reached on an error by Chicago catcher Dick Bertell, and Power scored. Then Billy Williams doubled, and Maye scored. Next up, Adair hit a two-bagger for two more runs, and the Dusters were up 4-2. In the 8th the potent Cubs one-two punch of Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks combined as the former singled and the latter homered off Hal Reniff to tie the game. Denny McLain came in to bridge the 9th for Bob Duliba, who dominated the Chicago batters in the 10th and 11th, allowing no hits. In the 11th, against reliever Don Elston, Clete Boyer singled to center, Johnny Roseboro reached first on a rare fielding error by Ernie Banks, pinch hitter Julio Gotay drew a walk -- and the bases were loaded for a walk-off grand slam by Lee Maye. With Nevada having lost its last two extra-inning contests, it was nice, commented GM Conn Hudson, to "see one go our way for a change." Duliba got the well-deserved win, while the hero of the game, Maye, went 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs.
Game 3
May 27, 1963

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

     WP: Raymond (2-0)
     LP: Schultz (3-1)
     SV: Reniff (19)

     Attendance: 28,470
     Time: 2:30

Nevada Dusters record: 39-15


In Game 3 Ben Naylor put J.C. Martin behind the plate and Gary Kolb in left field to rest Billy Williams. He also made a significant change in the lineup, switching Albie Pearson from the # 5 spot to # 2, and putting Jim Fregosi in the five slot. Pearson, he explained, had a better OBP than Fregosi -- and getting on base was the first priority for the first two batters in a Naylor lineup. The Cubs took an early 1-0 lead when Lou Brock singled, advanced to third on a Hank Aaron single, and then tagged up and scored when Ernie Banks hit a fly ball to left. The Duster answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st; Lee Maye reached second on a fielding error by Aaron, reached third thanks to a Pearson single, and tagged up and went home when Kolb flied out to center. The game remained tied through seven, with Steve Barber battling Chicago starter Bob Buhl. The Dusters broke it open in the 8th, scoring three runs on two hits. Nevada reliever Claude Raymond, at long last back with the team after his stint on the DL, frustrated the Cubs in the 8th. In the 9th, though, Hal Reniff struggled, as he had all too often in May, as Banks and Ron Santo hit back-to-back homers to make it close. Reniff got the next three Chicago batters out and Nevada won 4-3. Pearson went 1-for-2 with two walks, and Barber went 2-for-2, one of his hits a two-bagger. Reniff collected his 19th save of the season.The loss dropped the Cubs to third place in the NL, as the hard-charging St. Louis Cardinals, with an 11-game win streak, climbed to within five-and-a-half of the Dusters.
Dusters Starting Lineups

Game 1
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
George Banks  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Dave McNally  p

Game 2
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Pete Richert  p

Game 3
Lee Maye  rf
Albie Pearson  cf
Gary Kolb  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Jim Fregosi  ss
Donn Clendenon  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Steve Barber  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/PH
Roseboro
10
1
0
2
0
0
3
0
.191
1B
Clendenon
9
2
1
1
0
0
2
0
.257
1B/C
Martin
6
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
.250
2B
Adair
14
6
0
1
0
4
2
0
.347
3B/PH
Banks
3
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
.290
3B
Boyer
8
1
2
1
0
0
5
0
.209
SS
Fregosi
13
3
0
1
0
0
3
1
.319
OF
Maye
13
4
1
4
1
5
1
1
.279
OF
Williams
7
2
3
1
0
1
2
0
.299
OF
Pearson
9
2
4
2
1
1
1
0
.312
OF/PH
Kolb
4
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
.308
PH
Gotay
1
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
.275
PH
Power
3
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
.261
P
McNally
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.211
P
Richert
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.158
P
Barber
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.273
2B: Roseboro (6), Adair 2 (10), Williams (10), Barber (2)
HR: Pearson (8), Maye (7)
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
McNally
1
1
5.0
1
6
0
1
0
6
98
2.97
SP
Richert
1
1
6.0
4
3
0
2
2
5
98
4.50
SP
Barber
1
1
7.0
5
2
0
1
1
3
96
3.32
RP
Duliba
2
-
3.2
3
2
1
3
3
1
68
5.79
1 loss
1 win
RP
Brewer
1
-
2.1
1
2
1
3
3
1
45
5.14
RP
Dailey
1
-
1.0
0
1
0
0
0
1
21
1.00
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
4
0
3
4
4
3
43
3.15
1 save
RP
McLain
1
-
1.0
1
0
0
0
0
0
17
3.86
RP
Raymond
1
-
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
12
1.27
1 win

FEATURED GAME
 Game 2: May 26, 1963



Chicago Cubs
starting lineup
Lou Brock  cf
Andre Rodgers  ss
Hank Aaron  lf
Ernie Banks  1b
Ron Santo  3b
Dick Bertell  c
Bob Will  rf
Ken Aspromonte  2b
Larry Jackson   p



Ernie Banks
"Mr. Cub"
Born 1.31.31 (Dallas, TX)
Debut 9.17.53
Bats Right
Throws Right
6' 1"   180
1953-1971
2528 G
9421 AB
1305 R
2583 H
512 HR
1636 RBI
.274 BA
.500 SLG
All-Star 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969
Gold Glove 1960
1958 NL MVP
1959 NL MVP
Hall of Fame



Cubs first.
RICHERT PITCHING. Brock grounded to second. Rodgers struck out. Aaron doubled down the right field line. Banks was intentionally walked. Santo doubled down the left field line, Aaron scored, Banks scored. Bertell singled up the middle, Santo to third. Will grounded to short, Bertell forced out at second (fielder's choice).
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Chicago leads 2 to 0.

Dusters first.
JACKSON PITCHING. Maye grounded to third. Fregosi grounded to first. Williams popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Cubs second.
Aspromonte struck out. Jackson struck out. Brock grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 2 to 0.

Dusters second.
Adair flied out to right. Pearson struck out. Clendenon flied out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Cubs third.
Rodgers walked. Aaron flied out to right. Banks grounded to short, Aaron forced out at second (fielder's choice). Banks was caught stealing second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 2 to 0.

Dusters third.
Boyer struck out. Roseboro struck out. Richert grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Cubs fourth.
Santo grounded to second. Bertell flied out to center. Will popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 2 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Maye singled to left. Fregosi lined out to center. Williams struck out. Adair struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Cubs fifth.
Aspromonte hit an infield single to third. Jackson grounded to short, Aspromonte to second. Bruck struck out. Rodgers struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 2 to 0.

Dusters fifth.
Pearson grounded to short. Clendenon popped up to first. Boyer popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Cubs sixth.
Aaron grounded to first. Banks was hit by a pitch. Santo popped up to the catcher. Bertell walked, Banks to second. Will grounded to short, Banks forced out at third (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Chicago leads 2 to 0.

Dusters sixth.
Roseboro struck out. Power (for Richert) singled to right. Maye singled to right, Power to third. Fregosi reached first on a fielding error, catcher, Power scored, Maye to third. Williams doubed in the right field gap, Maye scored, Fregosi to third. Adair doubled down the third base line, Fregosi scored, Williams scored. Pearson lined out to first. Clendenon struck out.
4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 2.

Cubs seventh.
DAILEY PITCHING. MARTIN IN AT FIRST. Aspromonte lined out to center. Boros (for Jackson) popped up to third. Brock walked. Rodgers struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago trails 4 to 2.

Dusters seventh.
SCHULTZ PITCHING. Boyer struck out. Roseboro grounded to second. Kolb (for Dailey) lined out to right.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 2.

Cubs eighth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Aaron hit an infield single to first. Aaron stole second. Banks homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. Santo struck out. Bertell popped up to second. Will struck out.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Dusters eighth.
Maye grounded to third. Fregosi struck out. Williams walked. Adair flied out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Cubs ninth.
McLAIN PITCHING. Aspromonte singled up the middle. Schultz popped up to short. Brock grounded to first, Aspromonte forced out at second (fielder's choice). Rodgers grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Dusters ninth.
Pearson walked. Martin struck out. Boyer reached first on a fielding error, catcher, Pearson to second. McDANIEL PITCHING. Roseboro flied out to center. Banks (for McLain) popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Cubs tenth.
DULIBA PITCHING. Aaron flied out to right. Banks grounded to third. Santo dribbled weakly to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Dusters tenth.
Maye lined out to short. Fregosi singled down the first base line. Williams grounded to the pitcher, Fregosi forced out at second (fielder's choice). Adair singled to right, Williams to third. Pearson popped up to third.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Cubs eleventh.
Bertell grounded to the pitcher. Will grounded to second. Aspromonte was intentionally walked. Landrum (for McDaniel) grounded to second, Aspromonte forced out at second (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Dusters eleventh.
ELSTON PITCHING. Martin struck out. Boyer singled to center. Roseboro reached first on a fielding error, first baseman, Boyer to second. Gotay (for Duliba) walked. Bases loaded. Maye homered over the left field fence for a grand slam.
4 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 8-4