Philadelphia Phillies @ Nevada Dusters
June 8-10, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
A FAST START
In June, Las Vegas Sun sports editor Al Childress predicted that the Nevada Dusters would be in the thick of the pennant race come September. That the club had gone 18-10 in May proved, he said, that April's fast start was no fluke. "This is not a case of beginner's luck," wrote Childress. "The Dusters are a good solid team, with great pitching, great defense, and an adequate offense. It's a combination that could take them all the way in their very first campaign." Childress did some digging, and discovered that the Dusters wouldn't be the first team in major league history to win it all in their freshman year. The Chicago White Stockings (Cubs) had gone 52-14 (.788) in their first season (1876), winning the # 1 spot in the National League. In 1901 the Chicago White Sox had a first-year record of 83-53 (.610), and held the # 1 spot in the American League. The Cincinnati Red Stockings (Reds) had gone 55-25 (.688) in their first year -- 1882 -- winning the American Association pennant. No team in the modern era, however, could lay claim to such an accomplishment.
THE PHILLIES, REDUX
Game 1
June 8, 1963

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

WP: Dailey (6-0)
     LP: Green (4-2)
     SV: Reniff (22)

     Attendance: 26,705
     Time: 2:40


Nevada Dusters record: 44-17
After two days rest the Dusters and the Phillies clashed again, with Dwight Siebler starting Game 1 for Nevada in place of the oft-injured Al Downing. Lee Maye hit a three-bagger and scored on a Billy Williams single in the 1st, but Philadelphia tied it up when Clay Dalrymple homered in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Phillies starter Jack Hamilton got things rolling with a lead-off single, and two more singles gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. It could have been worse, but Siebler got out of a bases loaded jam and lasted one more inning. Ben Naylor pulled him in the Nevada 4th, calling on Vic Power to pinch hit in a bases-loaded, tie-game situation. Power drew a walk, and the Dusters were up 3-2. In the next frame Philadelphia's Tony Taylor doubled off reliever Bob Duliba and then scored when Johnny Callison singled, and once again the game was tied. But in the 6th Donn Clendenon (2-for-2 with two walks and three runs) singled, Clete Boyer walked, and Johnny Roseboro drove Clendenon in with a double. While the Phillies had to deal with Claude Raymond and Hal Reniff -- and, as a result, could not score -- the Dusters added to their lead when Roseboro hammered a two-run, 8th inning shot over the left field wall to make it 6-3. It was the 6th game in a row in which the Dusters had hit at least one home run.Reniff collected his twenty-second save and Bill Dailey, called upon to get one batter out in the 6th, earned the win, lifting his record to 6-and-0. Roseboro went 2-for-3 (a double and a homer) with a walk and three RBIs. Siebler allowed two runs on five hits in four innings of work. With the second-place Cardinals losing four in a row, the Dusters were eight full games up in the NL and had the best record in the majors (Minnesota the front-runner in the American League, was 41-19.)
Game 2
June 9, 1963

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

 WP: McNally (5-3)
     LP: Mahaffey (5-7)
     SV: Reniff (23)

     Attendance: 26,915
     Time: 2:40

Nevada Dusters record: 45-17
Dave McNally was matched against Philadelphia's Art Mahaffey in Game 2, and McNally struck out seven Phillies in seven innings while allowing one run on seven hits. The Dusters jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd when Jim Fregosi led off with a single, reached third on a Donn Clendenon double, and tagged up and went home when Bob Saverine drove a ball deep to left. Then J.C. Martin, starting behind the plate in place of Johnny Roseboro, singled in Clendenon. The Phillies loaded the bases in the 4th but came away empty, and it wasn't until the 6th that McNally gave up the run -- a solo homer by third baseman Don Hoak. In the 7th Martin singled, Albie Pearson did likewise, and Lee Maye reached on a fielding error by Hoak to load the bases for Billy Williams, who singled in a run to make it 3-1. In the 8th Martin -- 2-for-4 on the night -- drove in another run for his second ribbie of the game. In the 9th Hoak singled off Hal Reniff, stole second, and scored as the Dusters, willing to trade a run for two outs, executed a double play to nab runners at first and second. Philadelphia's second-baseman Tony Taylor lined out to Lee Maye in right and Reniff had his 23rd save, McNally his 5th win, and the Dusters their fourth straight win at Philadelphia's expense.
Game 3
June 10, 1963

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

   WP: Richert (5-1)
     LP: Green (4-3)
     SV: Reniff (24)

     Attendance: 27,106
     Time: 2:55

Nevada Dusters record: 46-17
In Game 3 Ben Naylor rested some of the regulars, starting Vic Power at first base and Gary Kolb in right field. It was Kolb who struck first, with a solo homer to lead off the 2nd, doubling his home run total for the year. In the 3rd Albie Pearson also hit a home run, and the Dusters were up 2-0. In the first four innings Nevada starter Pete Richert did not permit a single Philadelphia hitter to reach base. In the 5th two Phillies singled, but Richert got out of trouble. Then, in the Philadelphia 6th, Johnny Callison doubled and Wes Covington homered -- and the game was tied. Johnny Roseboro hit his eighth home run of the year in the 7th to take back the lead for Nevada. In their half of the 8th the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs, but Claude Raymond fanned Roy Sievers to end the threat. In the next frame Albie Pearson and Jim Fregosi singled, Jerry Adair walked, and Kolb singled in another run to make it 4-2. Hal Reniff retired the side in the Philadelphia 9th (his 24th save), and Richert (7 ip, 4 h, 2 bb, 2 r, 2 er, 3 k) improved his record to 5-and-1. Pearson went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI; Kolb was 2-for-4 with a run and two ribbies.The following day the Dusters headed for San Francisco to take on the red-hot Giants, who had won eight in a row to move into second place in the NL with a 37-26 record.
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

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

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Gary Kolb  rf
Vic Power  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Pete Richert  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
6
3
1
2
2
4
0
0
.207
C/PH/1B
Martin
6
2
0
1
0
3
0
0
.229
1B/PH
Clendenon
6
4
2
4
0
0
1
0
.277
1B/PH
Power
4
2
1
1
0
1
1
0
.269
2B/PH
Adair
8
0
1
0
0
0
3
0
.329
2B
Saverine
2
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
.250
3B
Boyer
10
2
1
0
0
1
3
0
.220
SS
Fregosi
11
4
1
3
0
0
1
0
.305
OF
Pearson
11
5
2
1
1
1
0
0
.319
OF
Maye
9
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
.267
OF
Williams
10
4
1
0
0
2
2
0
.311
PH
Banks
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.282
OF/PH
Kolb
5
2
0
1
1
2
2
0
.305
P
Siebler
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.100
P
McNally
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.174
P
Richert
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
.136
2B: Roseboro (8), Clendenon (7)
3B: Maye (7)
HR: Roseboro 2 (8), Pearson (9), Kolb (2)
0  
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Siebler
1
1
4.0
5
0
1
2
2
2
63
3.00
SP
McNally
1
1
7.0
7
3
1
1
1
7
109
2.67
1 win
SP
Richert
1
1
7.0
4
2
1
2
2
3
103
4.50
RP
Duliba
1
-
1.2
3
1
0
1
1
1
33
5.60
RP
Dailey
1
-
0.1
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0.85
1 win
RP
Raymond
3
-
4.0
2
2
0
0
0
1
64
1.14
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
2
0
0
1
1
1
27
2.83
2 saves

FEATURED GAME
 Game 3: June 10, 1963



  Philadelphia Phillies
starting lineup
Tony Taylor  2b
Johnny Callison  rf
Tony Gonzalez  cf
Wes Covington  lf
Don Demeter  3b
Roy Sievers  1b
Clay Dalrymple  c
Ruben Amaro  ss
Dennis Bennett  p



Johnny Callison
Born 3.12.39 (Qualls, OK)
Debut 9.9.58
Bats Left
Throws Right
5' 10"   175
1958-1973
1886 G
6652 AB
926 R
1757 H
226 HR
840 RBI
.264 BA
.441 SLG
All-Star 1962, 1964, 1965
1964 ML-AS MVP



Phillies first.
RICHERT PITCHING. Taylor grounded to first. Callison struck out. Gonzalez lined out to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
BENNETT PITCHING. Pearson flied out to right. Fregosi walked. Williams struck out. Adair flied out to right.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Phillies second.
Covington grounded to the pitcher. Demeter struck out. Sievers grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters second.
Kolb homered over the right field fence. Power struck out. Boyer struck out. Roseboro popped up to first.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 1 to 0.

Phillies third.
Dalrymple popped up to third. Klaus lined out to right. Bennett struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Philadelphia trails 1 to 0.

Dusters third.
Richert struck out. Pearson homered over the left field fence. Fregosi struck out. Williams flied out to center.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 0.

Phillies fourth.
Taylor grounded to second. Callison grounded to third. Gonzalez walked. Covington hit an infield single to short, Gonzalez to second. Demeter grounded to second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Philadelphia trails 2 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Adair struck out. Kolb struck out. Power grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 0.

Phillies fifth.
Sievers flied out to right. Dalrymple walked. Klaus lined out to right. Bennett lined out to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Philadelphia trails 2 to 0.

Dusters fifth.
Boyer singled through the right side. Roseboro grounded to short. Richert struck out. Pearson singled through the hole, Boyer to second. Fregosi grounded to short.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 0.

Phillies sixth.
Taylor lined out to center. Callison doubled down the right field line. Gonzalez flied out to center. Gonzalez tagged up and reached third. Covington homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. Demeter popped up to the catcher.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters sixth.
Williams grounded to short. Adair struck out. Kolb grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Phillies seventh.
Sievers grounded to third. Dalrymple lined out to second. Klaus singled to left. Averill (for Bennett) grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters seventh.
GREEN PITCHING. Power singled to right. Power went for an extra base and was thrown at at second. Boyer flied out to right. Roseboro homered over the right field fence. Clendenon (for Richert) popped up to third.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 2.

Phillies eighth.
RAYMOND PITCHING. MARTIN AT FIRST. MAYE IN AT LEFT. Taylor singled up the middle. Taylor stole second. Callison flied out to left. Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Covington flied out to center. Taylor tagged up and reached third. Demeter walked, Gonzalez to second. Bases loaded. Sievers struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Philadelphia trails 3 to 2.

Dusters eighth.
Pearson singled to right. Fregosi hit an infield single to first, Pearson to second. Maye grounded to the pitcher. Adair walked, Pearson to third, Fregosi to second. Bases loaded. Kolb hit an infield single to third, Pearson scored, Fregosi to third, Adair to second. Bases loaded. Martin grounded to second, 4-6-3 double play.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 2.

Phillies ninth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Dalrymple struck out. Klaus flied out to left. Hoak (for Green) struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 4-2