St. Louis Cardinals @ Nevada Dusters
April 4-6, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
THE CUBS, BACK FOR MORE
Game 1
May 31, 1963

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

 WP: Hobbie (5-1)
     LP: Raymond (2-1)
     SV: Elston (12)

     Attendance: 28,640
     Time: 2:43

Nevada Dusters record: 39-16
The Dusters enjoyed a much-needed three-day break, during which Dwight Siebler came off the DL. With his pitching staff at full strength again, Ben Naylor sent Denny McLain back to Bakersfield. Dave DeBusschere went with him. In the bullpen, Hal Reniff remained the closer, Claude Raymond was the setup man, Bill Dailey was short relief, Bob Duliba middle, Dwight Siebler long, and Jim Brewer the alternate. The Cubs, set to play three more with Nevada starting on the last day in May, stayed in Las Vegas, and the two teams fraternized freely. But when May 31st rolled around, they became adversaries again.
In Game 1 the Dusters jumped out in front in the 2nd when Donn Clendenon and Clete Boyer hit their way on to set the stage for J.C. Martin's three-bagger, and Nevada had a 2-0 lead. Starter Joe Horlen seemed to have the game in control until the 5th, when Glenn Hobbie singled, Andre Rodgers doubled, and Hank Aaron walked to juice the bases. Horlen then walked Ernie Banks, and the Dusters' lead was cut in half. In the Chicago 8th Horlen gave up a single to Banks and then struck out the next two batters. But Bob Will doubled, Ken Aspromonte got an intentional walk, and Horlen walked the next Cub to tie the game. Lou Brock got an RBI single off reliever Claude Raymond and Chicago went ahead 3-2. Though Horlen was charged with all three Chicago runs, Raymond registered the loss.
Game 2
June 1, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
        Cubs (CHC) 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0    6 11  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 x    7 10  0

WP: Raymond (3-1)
     LP: McDaniel (3-3)
     SV: Reniff (20)

     Attendance: 28,078
     Time: 3:08

Nevada Dusters record: 40-16
Al Downing started Game 2 and struggled from the start, but while he gave up a single in the 1st and a double in the 2nd the Cubs didn't score until the 3rd. Four singles and a pair of walks resulted in a four-run inning for Chicago, and Downing was done. Naylor sent Dwight Siebler to the mound, It was his first appearance since coming off the DL. But Siebler hadn't brought his best game, either -- serving up back-to-back homers to Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks in the 4th. Pinch hitting for Downing, Vic Power had knocked a two-run homer into the right-field stands in the Nevada 3rd, so the score was 6-2. When Siebler issued two walks to open the Chicago 5th, Naylor decided to rely on his bullpen. Bill Dailey pitched the 6th and 7th, striking out five of the six batters he faced. In the 8th, Claude Raymond gave up a double to Steve Boros, but that was all. Meanwhile, the Dusters hitters played catch-up. Lee Maye opened the Nevada 6th with a three-bagger and scored on a Jerry Adair single. In the 7th, Donn Clendenon reached on a Chicago fielding error, Clete Boyer walked, and pinch hitter George Banks singled to juice the bases. Then Maye hit a slow chopper to the first base side of the infield and Clendenon scored to make it 6-4. In the 8th Williams tripled and scored on an Adair double, Clendenon singled, and Adair scored on a Boyer double. When Johnny Roseboro hit a ball to the wall in left field, Clendenon scored the go-ahead run. Closer Hal Reniff took the mound in the bottom of the 9th to secure the win. GM Conn Hudson proclaimed it one of the biggest victories of the season. Dailey's ERA dropped to 0.95, Raymond's to 1.14, and Reniff got his 20th save.
Game 3
June 2, 1963

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

  WP: McNally (4-3)
     LP: Jackson (5-3)
     SV: Reniff (21)

     Attendance: 28,535
     Time: 2:33

Nevada Dusters record: 41-16
The last three contests between the Dusters and Cubs had been decided by one run, so everyone anticipated an exciting, hard-fought rubber game of the series. Dave McNally started for the Dusters, and the 20-year-old pitched his best game of the year thus far, a one-hitter through seven innings. That hit was a solo homer off the bat of Hammerin' Hank Aaron in the 4th. Nevada had gotten a small-ball run in the 1st and another in the 3rd when Lee Maye led off with his eighth home run of the campaign. In the 7th, with one out and Clete Boyer on second, Ben Naylor pinch hit for McNally, again putting his faith in the bullpen. Claude Raymond gave up a hit in the 8th, but no runs, and Hal Reniff came in for the 9th. Ernie Banks hit a two-out single through the hole but was thrown out trying for second, and Reniff had his twenty-first save, with the final score 2-1. Once again a Dusters-Cubs game had been decided by a single run, and in the two consecutive series Nevada had won four of six. Maye was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Boyer went 2-for-2 with a walk. The only bad news of the day was the return of Al Downing to the DL for a week with an elbow inflammation. As a result, Dwight Siebler joined the starting rotation.
Dusters Starting Lineups

Game 1
Lee Maye  rf
Albie Pearson  cf
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Jim Fregosi  ss
Donn Clendenon  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Joe Horlen  p

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

Game 3
Lee Maye  rf
Albie Pearson  cf
Billy Williams  lf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Vic Power  1b
Bob Saverine  2b
Clete Boyer  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Dave McNally  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/PH/1B
Martin
5
1
1
0
0
2
1
0
.246
C
Roseboro
5
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
.191
1B/PH
Clendenon
8
3
0
3
0
0
1
0
.263
1B/PH
Power
5
1
0
1
1
2
1
0
.258
2B
Adair
8
3
0
0
0
2
3
0
.348
2B
Saverine
3
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.258
3B
Boyer
8
4
3
1
0
1
2
0
.222
SS
Fregosi
12
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
.301
OF
Maye
12
4
0
3
1
2
1
0
.282
OF
Pearson
11
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
.305
OF
Williams
11
4
0
1
0
1
0
0
.306
PH
Kolb
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.296
PH
Banks
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.300
P
Horlen
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.087
P
McNally
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.190
P
3B: Martin (2), Adair (11), Boyer (4), Williams (11)
3B: Williams (7), Maye (6), Boyer (2)
HR: Power (4), Maye (8)
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Horlen
1
1
7.2
9
4
0
3
3
6
127
4.63
SP
Downing
1
1
3.0
6
4
0
4
4
3
69
2.18
SP
McNally
1
1
7.0
1
1
1
1
1
8
97
2.80
1 win
RP
Raymond
3
-
3.1
3
2
0
0
0
2
59
1.09
1 loss
1 win
RP
Siebler
1
-
2.0
3
3
2
2
2
0
42
2.81
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
2
0
0
0
0
0
29
32.97
2 saves

FEATURED GAME
 Game 2: June 1, 1963



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




Dick Ellsworth
Born 3.22.40 (Lusk, WY)
Debut 6.22.58
Bats Left
Throws Left
6'4"   195
1958-1971
310 GS
115-137
87 CG
9 SHO
2155.2 IP
1140 SO
3.72 ERA
1.331
WHIP
All-Star 1964

Cubs first.
DOWNING PITCHING. Brock walked. Rodgers lined out to left. Aaron singled through the right side, Rodgers to third. Banks grounded to second, 4-6-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
ELLSWORTH PITCHING. Maye flied out to right. Pearson grounded to third. Williams grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cubs second.
Santo doubled down the third base line. Santo went for an extra base and was thrown out at third. Wills struck out. Aspromonte walked. Schaffer grounded to short.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters second.
Adair struck out. Fregosi flied out to center. Clendenon struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cubs third.
Ellsworth struck out. Brock walked. Rodgers singled up the middle, Brock to second. Aaron singled down the third base line, Brock scored, Rodgers to second. Banks singled to left, Rodgers scored, Aaron to second. Santo walked, Aaron to third, Banks to second. Bases loaded. Aspromonte was hit by a pitch, Aaron scored, Banks to third, Santo to second. Bases loaded. Schaffer struck out. Ellsworth grounded to second.
4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Chicago leads 4 to 0.

Dusters third.
Boyer struck out. Roseboro hit an infield single to third. Power (for Downing) homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. Maye grounded to second. Pearson grounded to first.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 2.

Cubs fourth.
SIEBLER PITCHING. Brock grounded to short. Rodgers walked. Rodgers was caught stealing second. Aaron homered over the center field fence. Banks homered to right. Santo singled through the hole. Will flied out to right.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 6 to 2.

Dusters fourth.
Williams doubled down the third base line. Adair grounded to third. Fregosi grounded to third, Williams to third. Clendenon flied out to right.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 6 to 2.

Cubs fifth.
Aspromonte walked. Schaffer walked, Aspromonte to second. Ellsworth grounded to the pitcher, 1-3-4 double play. Brock flied out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 6 to 2.

Dusters fifth.
Boyer popped up to third. Roseboro grounded to third. Kolb (for Siebler) popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 6 to 2.

Cubs sixth.
DAILEY PITCHING. Rodgers struck out. Aaron popped up to second. Banks struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 6 to 2.

Dusters sixth.
Maye tripled down the right field line. Pearson popped up to second. Williams grounded to the pitcher. Adair singled to left, Maye scored. Fregosi struck out.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 6 to 3.

Cubs seventh.
Santo lined out to center. Will struck out. Aspromonte struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 6 to 3.

Dusters seventh.
Clendenon reached second on a fielding error, left fielder. Boyer walked, Clendenon to second. Roseboro popped up to the catcher. Banks (for Dailey) singled to center, Clendenon to third, Boyer to second. Bases loaded. Maye grounded to first, Clendenon scored, Boyer forced out at third (fielder's choice), Banks to second. Pearson popped up to second.
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 6 to 4.

Cubs eighth.
RAYMOND PITCHING. Schaffer struck out. Boros (for Ellsworth) doubled down the left field line. Brock popped up to third. Rodgers struck out.
Andre Rodgers struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 6 to 4.

Dusters eighth.
McDANIEL PITCHING. Williams tripled to center. Adair doubled down the left field line, Williams scored. Fregosi grounded to first, Adair forced out at third (fielder's choice). Clendenon hit an infield single to second, Fregosi to second. Boyer doubled in the right field line, Fregosi scored, Clendenon to third. Roseboro flied out to left. Clendenon tagged up and scored. Martin (for Raymond) lined out to right.
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 6.

Cubs ninth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Aaron singled in the left field gap. Banks grounded to short. Santo popped up to third. Will flied out to right.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 7-6