Chicago Cubs @ Nevada Dusters
June 18-20, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
HAMMERIN' HANK & CO.
Game 1
June 18, 1963

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

 WP: Raymond (4-1)
     LP: Elston (1-3)

     Attendance: 28,998
     Time: 3:39

Nevada Dusters record: 51-19
The first game of the third meeting between the Dusters and the Cubs proved to be one of the most memorable of the year. Joe Horlen was matched against Dick Ellsworth (8-2), who had the second best ERA in the NL (2.23) and the second-best OBA (.209). Initially, the game bore an uncanny resemblance of the first contest of the Pirates series, with both pitchers almost untouchable. Horlen (9 ip, 5 h, 1 bb, 1 r, 1 er, 11 k) made one mistake, in the 3rd, and Bob Will hit a solo home run to give Chicago a 1-0 lead, and increasingly that one run appeared enough to win it for the Cubs. The Dusters had two men on the 2nd and again in the 6th, and both times came away empty. Then Donn Clendenon (3-for-3 with two walks) led off the bottom of the 9th with a three-bagger and Clete Boyer singled him in. The game went into extra innings. Hal Reniff pitched the 10th and the Cubs got two men on without result. Ellsworth (10 ip, 9 h, 4 bb, 1 r, 1 er, 11 k) stayed in against the Dusters in the 10th and looked as strong as ever, striking out two of the three batters he faced. In the Chicago 11th the Cubs juiced the bases against Claude Raymond, but again couldn't score. In the bottom of the 11th Chicago skipper Bob Kennedy replaced Ellsworth with closer Don Elston. With two outs Elston intentionally walked Clendenon to get to Boyer -- and Boyer hit a walk-off two-run homer, much to the delight of the record crowd at Horizon Field. Al Childress, the Las Vegas Sun sports editor who had christened the Dusters' first season "the Miracle in the Desert," wrote that the 30,000 who had been in attendance at Horizon Field that Sunday afternoon could now bear witness that the miracle was "for real." The 3.17 combined ERA of Nevada's pitching staff was the best in the majors, and the Dusters were tied with the Dodgers for the highest team batting average, .273.
Game 2
June 19, 1963

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


     WP: Downing (4-1)
     LP: Jackson (5-6)
     SV: Reniff (26)

     Attendance: 29,248
     Time: 3:12

Nevada Dusters record: 52-19


Al Downing had a much better start than his previous one against the Giants, allowing just two hits in seven innings of work. Erratic at times -- he walked six and struck out six -- Downing got into serious trouble only once, when he walked three batters in a row to load the bases in the Chicago 5th. Pinch hitter Charlies Dees let him off the hook, however, grounding into a double play. Nevada led 1-0 at the time, but in the bottom of the 5th Vic Power, starting in place of Donn Clendenon at first base, hit a two-run triple to give Downing some breathing room. Power struck again in the 8th, hitting a solo homer after the Dusters had picked up two more runs, and it was 6-0. Claude Raymond worked the 8th and got two outs in the 9th before Don Landrum singled; Naylor called on Bob Duliba, who promptly gave up a triple to Lou Brock and a double to Merritt Ranew. Bill Dailey took the mound and walked Ernie Banks. Naylor made one more trip to the hill, summoning Hal Reniff, who would have ended it there but for a fielding error by Jim Fregosi that let another Cub cross the pay station. Rodgers hit a grounder to third and the game was over with the Dusters on top 6-3. Using four relievers in a single inning was a rare display of indecision on the part of Naylor, but a win was a win. Albie Pearson was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs, Lee Maye went 3-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs, and Power was 2-for-5 with three ribbies.
Game 3
June 20, 1963

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

  WP: McNally (6-4)
     LP: Buhl (5-6)
     SV: Reniff (27)

     Attendance: 29,449
     Time: 3:08

Nevada Dusters record: 53-19

In Game 3 Hank "The Hammer" Aaron hit a two-run blast off Nevada starter Dave McNally (6 ip, 7 h, 3 bb, 2 r, 2 er, 7 k) in the 3rd to give Chicago a 2-1 lead, a lead they held until the Nevada 6th when George Banks, starting for Clete Boyer at 3rd, drove a triple to center that scored Julio Gotay and Donn Clendenon, both of whom had been walked by Chicago's Bob Buhl. It was Banks who had scored the first time for the Dusters, too -- a solo homer to left in the 2nd -- continuing to demonstrate that the Nevada bench had power and could hit in the clutch.With a 3-2 lead going into the 7th, Ben Naylor sent Claude Raymond to the mound and made wholesale defensive changes -- J. C. Martin to first, Bob Saverine to second and Clete Boyer to third. In the Nevada 8th Martin walked, Roseboro singled, and Albie Pearson (3-for-4) doubled in the left field gap to score Martin and give the Dusters an insurance run. In the 9th Hal Reniff took the hill, struck out two of the three Cubs batters he faced, and earned his twenty-seventh save of the year. The 53-19 Dusters had swept Chicago and established a commanding ten-and-a-half game lead in over second-place Cincinnati (41-28) in the AL.
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
Joe Horlen  p

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

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

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
10
2
2
0
0
0
2
0
.213
1B
Clendenon
5
3
3
3
0
0
0
0
.295
1B/PH
Power
6
2
0
1
1
3
0
0
.272
2B
Adair
9
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
.301
2B
Gotay
2
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
.255
2B
Saverine
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.243
3B
Boyer
10
4
0
1
1
3
2
0
.234
3B/PH
Banks
3
2
0
1
1
3
1
0
.276
SS
Fregosi
14
2
1
0
0
0
4
0
.297
OF
Pearson
13
6
2
2
0
1
2
0
.322
OF
Maye
11
5
2
2
0
0
4
0
.275
OF
Williams
12
5
2
1
0
1
1
0
.312
PH/1B
Martin
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
.221
PH
Kolb
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.333
P
Horlen
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
.100
P
Downing
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
.200
P
Mcnally
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.185
2B: Williams (12), Boyer (5), Maye (9), Pearson (8)
3B: Clendenon (3), Fregosi (7), Power (2), Banks (1)
HR: Boyer (11), Power (5), Banks (5)
 1          
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Horlen
1
1
9.0
5
1
1
1
1
11
130
3.97
SP
Downing
1
1
7.0
2
6
0
0
0
6
111
2.66
1 win
SP
McNally
1
1
6.0
7
3
1
2
2
7
99
2.68
1 win
RP
Reniff
3
-
3.0
2
1
0
0
0
3
52
2.56
2 saves
RP
Raymond
3
-
4.0
2
4
0
1
1
3
78
1.11
1 win
RP
Duliba
1
-
0.0
2
1
0
1
1
0
9
5.79
RP
Dailey
1
-
0.0
0
1
0
1
1
0
5
1.02

FEATURED GAME
Game 3: June 20, 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
Dick Ellsworth  p



Andre Rodgers
Born 12.2.24 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Debut 4.16.57
Bats Right
Throws Right
6' 3"   200
1957-1967
854 G
2521 AB
268 R
628 H
45 HR
245 RBI
.249 BA
.328 OBP

Cubs first.
HORLEN PITCHING. Brock flied out to left. Rodgers struck out. Aaron grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
ELLSWORTH PITCHING. Pearson grounded to first. Maye struck out. Williams singled to left. Adair lined out to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cubs second.
Banks lined out to third. Santo struck out. Bertell struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters second.
Fregosi struck out. Clendenon hit an infield single to third. Boyer flied out to left. Roseboro walked, Boyer to second. Horlen grounded to second, Boyer forced out at third (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cubs third.
Will homered over the left field fence. Aspromonte popped up to the pitcher. Ellsworth flied out to center. Brock hit an infield single to second. Rodgers grounded to short, Brock forced out at second (fielder's choice).
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters third.
Pearson grounded to third. Maye struck out. Williams walked. Adair popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cubs fourth.
Aaron grounded to short. Banks grounded to second. Santo popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Fregosi struck out. Clendenon singled through the hole. Boyer grounded to short, 6-4-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cubs fifth.
Bertell struck out. Will popped up to the catcher. Aspromonte singled up the middle. Ellsworth grounded to the pitcher.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters fifth.
Roseboro popped up to third. Horlen singled through the right side. Horlen was picked off at first. Pearson singled through the hole. Maye popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cubs sixth.
Brock flied out to right. Rodgers struck out. Aaron lined out to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters sixth.
Williams struck out. Adair grounded to second. Fregosi tripled in the right field gap. Clendenon was intentionally walked. Boyer flied out to right.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cubs seventh.
Banks popped up to the catcher. Santo singled up the middle. Bertell struck out. Will struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters seventh.
Roseboro struck out. Horlen struck out. Pearson struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cubs eighth.
Aspromonte singled down the left field line. Ellsworth struck out. Brock reached first on a throwing error, third baseman, Aspromonte to second. Rodgers walked, Aspromonte to third, Brock to second. Bases loaded. Aaron struck out. Bases loaded. Banks struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 3 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters eighth.
Maye flied out to center. Williams hit a wall double to left. Adair was intentionally walked. Fregosi grounded to short, 6-5-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cubs ninth.
Santo struck out. Bertell popped up to second. Will grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Chicago leads 1 to 0.

Dusters ninth.
Clendenon tripled over the center fielder. Boyer singled up the middle, Clendenon scored. Roseboro grounded to first, 3-6 double play. Banks (for Horlen) struck out.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Cubs tenth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Aspromonte singled up the middle. Ellsworth grounded to the pitcher, Aspromonte to second. Brock was intentionally walked. Rodgers struck out. Landrum running for Aspromonte. Aaron grounded to second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Dusters tenth.
GRAMMAS IN AT SECOND. Pearson struck out. Maye struck out. Williams popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Cubs eleventh.
Banks flied out to center. Santo singled through the hole. Bertell grounded to short, Santo second. RAYMOND PITCHING. Will was intentionally walked. Dees (for Grammas) walked, Santo to third, Will to second. Bases loaded. Boros (for Ellsworth) grounded to first.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Dusters eleventh.
ELSTON PITCHING. Adair flied out to right. Fregosi lined out to second. Clendenon was intentionally walked. Boyer homered over the left field fence for two RBIs.
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 3-1