New York Mets @ Nevada Dusters
October 4-6, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPS!
When the Dusters clinched the NL pennant during the series with the Mets, the response from the city of Las Vegas was schizophrenic. The people on the street were ecstatic. The mayor stated that it was wonderful that Las Vegas would be known for something besides slot machines and showgirls. Most local business concerns went all-out in showing their support for the city's baseball heroes. But the response from the casinos and hotels along the Strip was muted. There was speculation in the press that some of the owners on the Strip resented the Nevada Dusters for stealing some of their limelight. But most of them were simply indifferent -- their livelihood depended on the tourist trade, not baseball, and they weren't very much interested in things like civic pride. Conn Hudson was intent on putting as much distance between the Dusters and the Strip as possible. He insisted that the parade and rally put on by the city to honor the NL champions occurred along Washington Avenue -- well north of Highway 95, and nowhere near the Strip. The events, taking place on October 6 prior to the night game, drew huge crowds, and Hudson, along with a number of the players, used the rally as an opportunity to express their thanks for the support the people of Las Vegas had given the team during the long season.
Game 1
October 4, 1963

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

  WP: Reniff (8-4)
     LP: Stallard (7-15)

     Attendance: 27,498
     Time: 3:03

Nevada Dusters record: 108-46
Casey Stengel's Mets returned to Horizon Field hoping to fare better than they had on their previous visit, early in September. Game 1 matched Jay Hook against Nevada starter Al Downing. The Dusters scored two runs in the 1st, as Albie Pearson singled and scored on a hit by Jerry Adair, and Adair scored on a sac fly by Rico Carty, who started in left field. Jim Hickman's two-run single in the Mets 3rd tied it up, and the two starters proceeded to battle in a pitcher's duel that stretched the game into extra innings. Hook lasted eight innings, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the 5th by fanning Lee Maye, and finishing with two runs allowed on five hits while striking out seven. Downing (7.0 ip. 9 h, 1 bb, 2 r, 2 er, 5 k) never allowed more than one Mets baserunner in an inning. The Dusters put two men on in the 8th and again in the 9th, but to no avail. Then, in the 10th, Clete Boyer homered for three RBIs against Tracy Stallard. During the game, Conn Hudson learned that a loss by the Cincinnati Reds meant that a Nevada win would clinch the National League pennant, and as soon as Boyer's home run cleared the left field fence the news was flashed on the scoreboard -- and the night-long celebration began in Horizon Field and spread to the streets of Vegas. "They've called this the Miracle in the Desert for quite a while," Hudson told the players in the clubhouse after the game. "But it's not really miraculous. It happened because you guys are very good ballplayers who have meshed into a winning team."
Game 2
October 5, 1963

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

  WP: Mackenzie (4-6)
     LP: Reniff (8-5)

     Attendance: 27,746
     Time: 2:49

Nevada Dusters record: 108-47
Ben Naylor had played AAA prospects Rico Carty and Denis Menke in Game 1, and Menke returned to the lineup in the second game of the series, this time at second base. Also starting were George Banks in center, Gary Kolb in right,  Bob Bailey at third, and Vic Power getting his second consecutive start at first. Dave McNally was on the mound and stymied the Mets for seven innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out six. His opposite number, Galen Cisco, also pitched a fine game; the Dusters could manage just one run during Cisco's seven innings of work. That run came in the 4th, a solo blast into the right field bleachers off the bat of Billy Williams, who was still battling Philadelphia's Tony Gonzalez for the Major League batting title. With two men on in the 7th, Naylor pinch hit Jerry Adair for McNally, but the move failed to pay off. Reliever Bill Dailey held the Mets in check in the 8th but closer Hal Reniff ran into trouble in the 9th. With two on and one out, Duke Snider hit an RBI single, and third baseman Cliff Cook did likewise to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the 9th there was a Duster on every base with two outs, but Rico Carty grounded out, and Nevada suffered its 47th loss. Some suggested that Naylor pulled McNally while Nevada was leading to prevent the starter from suffering another loss, and that Williams was replaced after going 1-for-3 (and didn't start Game 1) to protect his razor-thin batting average advantage over Gonzalez. Nails took offense at the notion. "I play them when I need them, and where their stats are concerned, let the chips fall where they may." For his part, Williams said he wanted to play every game but understood what Naylor was doing. "He's resting us because we can't afford any injuries at this stage, and they want to take a look at some of the guys who might come up from Bakersfield next year."
Game 3
October 6, 1963

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

   WP: Richert (13-3)
     LP: Linzy (3-3)
     SV: Reniff (53)

     Attendance: 27,060
     Time: 3:01

Nevada Dusters record: 109-47
Ben Naylor continued to use replacements in Game 3 -- J.C. Martin behind the plate, Denis Menke (his third consecutive start) at short, and George Banks playing left field instead of Billy Williams. Starter Pete Richert was in pursuit of his 13th victory of 1963 -- and pitched one of his best games, allowing one run on five hits in 8.1 innings work, striking out seven in the process. He contributed with the bat, too, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. That lone Mets run didn't come until the 9th inning. In the 3rd Richert walked Al Moran and Frank Linzy, but Rod Kanehl grounded out and, when Joe Gaines lined out to center, Albie Pearson's throw to Jim Fregosi doubled off Linzy to end the inning. The Mets threatened again in the 6th, loading the bases with just one out, but Marv Throneberry whiffed and Duke Snider flied out. In the meantime the Dusters scored a run in the 1st and another in the 5th -- a George Banks solo homer -- and two more in the 6th as Mets starter Frank Linzy walked three and gave up singles to Richert and Jim Fregosi. When the Mets loaded the bases in the 9th, Naylor pulled Richert and called on firemen Claude Raymond and Hal Reniff, who gave up a run (charged to Richert) for two outs to secure the 4-1 win for Nevada. Richert had his win. Banks was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI (and went 5-for-8 in the series), while Fregosi finished the day with 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.
Dusters Starting Lineups

Game 1
Albie Pearson  cf
Vic Power  1b
Jerry Adair  2b
Lee Maye  rf
Denis Menke  ss
Rico Carty  lf
Clete Boyer  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Al Downing  p

Game 2
George Banks  cf
Vic Power  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Denis Menke  2b
Gary Kolb  rf
Bob Bailey  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Dave McNally  p

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
George Banks  lf
Jim Fregosi  2b
Denis Menke  ss
Lee Maye  rf
Clete Boyer  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Pete Richert  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/1B
Martin
8
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
.223
C
Roseboro
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
.229
1B
Power
8
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
.269
1B/PH
Clendenon
3
0
2
1
0
1
1
1
.296
2B/PH
Adair
6
1
0
1
0
1
1
0
.291
3B
Boyer
8
1
1
2
1
3
2
0
.245
3B
Bailey
4
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.286
SS/2B
Menke
11
3
2
1
0
1
3
1
.273
SS/2B
Fregosi
8
4
2
0
0
1
0
0
.288
OF
Pearson
10
3
1
1
0
0
1
0
.311
OF
Maye
9
1
1
0
0
0
4
0
.258
OF/PH
Carty
4
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
.179
OF
Banks
8
5
0
1
0
1
2
0
.317
OF
Williams
3
1
0
1
1
1
0
0
.332
OF
Kolb
2
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
.305
P
McNally
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
.119
P
Downing
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.123
P
Richert
4
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
.175
3B: Fregosi (13)
HR: Boyer (16), Williams (23), Banks (9)
         
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Downing
1
1
7.0
9
1
0
2
2
5
99
3.03
SP
McNally
1
1
7.0
2
1
0
0
0
6
95
2.99
SP
Richert
1
1
8.1
5
5
0
1
1
7
133
4.22
1 win
RP
Raymond
2
-
2.1
1
0
0
0
0
4
33
2.72
RP
Reniff
3
-
2.1
3
1
0
2
2
3
47
3.09
1 win
1 loss
1 save
RP
Dailey
1
-
1.0
1
0
0
0
0
0
16
1.63

FEATURED GAME
 Game 1: October 4, 1963



New York Mets
starting lineup
Rod Kanehl  2b
Gil Hodges  1b
Duke Snider  rf
Jim Hickman  cf
Joe Gaines  lf
Cliff Cook  3b
Sammy Taylor  c
Al Moran  ss
Jay Hook  p

TOP OF THE FIRST
Rod Kanehl singled through the hole. <--1>
Gil Hodges grounded to second for a double play. <--->
Duke Snider grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Albie Pearson singled up the middle. <--1>
Vic Power singled in the left field gap, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Jerry Adair grounded to third, scoring a run. <--1>
Lee Maye walked. <-21>
Denis Menke was hit by a pitch. <321>
Rico Carty flied out to right. <321>
Jerry Adair tagged up and reached home, scoring a run. <-21>
Clete Boyer lined out to third. <-21>
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the first, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE SECOND
Jim Hickman singled up the middle. <--1>
Joe Gaines grounded to short. <--1>
Joe Gaines stole second. <-2->
Cliff Cook struck out. <-2->
Sammy Taylor lined out to center. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the second, New York trails 2 to 0.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
J.C. Martin grounded to third. <--->
Al Downing struck out. <--->
Albie Pearson lined out to right. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the second, Nevada leads 2 to 0.

TOP OF THE THIRD
Al Moran grounded to first. <--->
Jay Hook singled to center. <--1>
Rod Kanehl singled up the middle. <-21>
Gil Hodges walked. <321>
Duke Snider lined out to center. <321>
Jim Hickman singled to right for two RBIs. <-21>
Joe Gaines grounded to third. <-21>
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Vic Power flied out to left. <--->
Jerry Adair popped up to short. <--->
Lee Maye struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the third, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE FOURTH
Cliff Cook struck out. <--->
Sammy Taylor grounded to second. <--->
Al Moran singled to left. <--1>
Jay Hook grounded to second. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Denis Menke popped up to third. <--->
Rico Carty grounded to third. <--->
Clete Boyer struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE FIFTH
Rod Kanehl singled to right. <--1>
Gil Hodges struck out. <--1>
Rod Kanehl was caught stealing second. <--->
Duke Snider flied out to center. <--->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
J.C. Martin walked. <--1>
Al Downing lined out to center. <--1>
Albie Pearson popped up to second. <--1>
Vic Power singled to center. <-21>
Jerry Adair reached first on a fielding error by the left fielder. <321>
Lee Maye struck out. <321>
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 3 left on base.
At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE SIXTH
Jim Hickman struck out. <--->
Joe Gaines singled up the middle. <--1>
Cliff Cook grounded to short. <-2->
Sammy Taylor grounded to second. <-2->
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Denis Menke struck out. <--->
Rico Carty grounded to third. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE SEVENTH
Al Moran grounded to second. <--->
The Dusters guarded the lines.
Jay Hook grounded to short. <--->
Rod Kanehl singled down the left field line. <--1>
Gil Hodges struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
J.C. Martin grounded to second. <--->
Donn Clendenon pinch hit for Al Downing. <--->
Donn Clendenon struck out. <--->
Albie Pearson lined out to third. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE EIGHTH
Claude Raymond came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Duke Snider grounded to short. <--->
Jim Hickman grounded to the pitcher. <--->
Joe Gaines popped up to the catcher. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
Vic Power popped up to second. <--->
Jerry Adair singled through the right side. <--1>
Lee Maye hit an infield single to first. <-21>
Denis Menke struck out. <-21>
Rico Carty grounded to short. <-21>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the eighth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE NINTH
Cliff Cook struck out. <--->
Sammy Taylor struck out. <--->
Al Moran singled up the middle. <--1>
The Dusters guarded the lines.
Doug Camilli pinch hit for Jay Hook. <--1>
Doug Camilli struck out. <--1>
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
In the middle of the ninth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH
Tracy Stallard came in to pitch for the Mets. <--->
Clete Boyer grounded to first. <--->
J.C. Martin grounded to short. <--->
The Mets guarded the lines.
Jim Fregosi pinch hit for Claude Raymond. <--->
Jim Fregosi singled in the left field gap. <--1>
Albie Pearson singled to left, advancing the runner to third. <3-1>
Vic Power struck out. <3-1>
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
At the end of the ninth, the game is tied at 2.

TOP OF THE TENTH
Hal Reniff came in to pitch for the Dusters. <--->
Rod Kanehl struck out. <--->
Gil Hodges grounded to third. <--->
Duke Snider struck out. <--->
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
In the middle of the tenth, the game is tied at 2.

BOTTOM OF THE TENTH
Jerry Adair struck out. <--->
Lee Maye grounded to first. <--->
Denis Menke singled up the middle. <--1>
Denis Menke stole second. <-2->
Rico Carty was intentionally walked. <-21>
Clete Boyer homered over the left field fence for three RBIs. <--->

DUSTERS WIN: 5-2

and clinch the NL pennant!!!