Pittsburgh Pirates @ Nevada Dusters
July 3-5, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
BATTLING THE PIRATES
Game 1
July 3, 1963

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

 WP: Barber (12-2)
     LP: Friend (3-9)
     SV: Reniff (31)

     Attendance: 27,104
     Time: 2:19

Nevada Dusters record: 60-22
The Dusters were home for the final series before the All-Star break to face Bill Virdon, Roberto Clemente, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Game 1 featured a matchup between Nevada ace Steve Barber and Pittsburgh's Bob Friend, and the two pitchers dueled to a scoreless tie through seven innings. Barber allowed five hits, Friend just three -- until the bottom of the 8th. After Clete Boyer and Johnny Roseboro struck out, Ben Naylor made a move that could have backfired, pinch hitting for Barber with two outs. George Banks delivered with a double, Friend intentionally walked Albie Pearson, and Donn Clendenon singled to score Banks. Then Lee Maye reached on a rare throwing error by Bill "No Touch" Mazeroski and Pearson scored to make it 2-0 Nevada. In the 9th Hal Reniff came in to record his thirty-first save by retiring the side. Barber (8.0 ip, 6 h, 2 bb, 0 r, 0 er, 6 k) got his twelfth win to go with two losses on the year, and Nevada had its 60th win. Clendenon, thriving in the # 2 spot on the lineup, went 2-for-4 with a batting average over .300. When asked for his thoughts on how it was that the Dusters always seemed to find a way to win, Conn Hudson smiled and shrugged. "I'm an old baseball player," he told reporters, "which means I'm too superstitious to say anything that might jinx the team." But the press was beginning to bandy the word "destiny" around when writing about Nevada. Were they destined for the World Series in their freshman season? Such speculation made Hudson cringe. There were eighty games left, and no way of knowing what might happen before October rolled around.
Game 2
July 4, 1963

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

  WP: Schwall (4-10)
     LP: Horlen (5-2)
     SV: Face (7)

     Attendance: 27,388
     Time: 3:05

Nevada Dusters record: 60-23
Game 2 was prefaced by a spectacular fireworks display at Horizon Field. It was Independence Day, and the Pirates proceeded to free themselves from the onus of having lost their last three games with Nevada by putting together a 5-3 victory. There were no pyrotechnics forthcoming from the Dusters offense until the bottom of the 9th. By that time Pittsburgh was up 5-0, with starter Don Schwall giving up just five hits in the first eight frames. Johnny Roseboro started the Nevada rally with a single, and pinch hitter J.C. Martin and Albie Pearson did likewise to load the bases for Donn Clendenon, who doubled down the left field line for two ribbies. Roy Face took over for Schwall and struck out George Banks, who started in right in place of Lee Maye. Then Billy Williams grounded to short, scoring Pearson, and it was 5-3. Gary Kolb, pinch hitting for Jerry Adair, was issued a pass, but Jim Fregosi struck out to end the game. The one bright spot for Nevada was the strong pitching by Dwight Siebler, called up from AAA Bakersfield to replace Dave DeBusschere in the bullpen, with DeBusschere being sent down to the Bullets. Siebler gave up just one hit in two innings of work.
Game 3
July 5, 1963

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
     Pirates (PIT) 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0    6 12  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0    2 10  2

 WP: Cardwell (4-5)
     LP: Downing (5-2)
     SV: Face (8)

     Attendance: 26,414
     Time: 3:19

Nevada Dusters record: 60-24
Al Downing started for the Dusters in Game 3, and pitched well through four innings. In the 5th, though, he got into trouble. Bill Mazeroski led off with a solo homer. Two singles and a walk later, Downing faced a bases loaded situation. Bill Virdon grounded in Pittsburgh's second run before Roberto Clemente homered for three more to make it 5-0. The Dusters got two back with four singles in the bottom of the 5th. Ben Naylor turned to his bullpen, and in the 7th, with Jim Brewer on the mound, the second Nevada error of the game resulted in another run for the Pirates. In the 8th Brewer worked out of a bases loaded jam, but the Dusters could not manufacture any more runs, and the final score was 6-2.  with Downing suffering his second loss of the season, and the team losing only its second series since mid-May. Nevada remained seven games ahead of Cincinnati (53-31) going into the All-Star break.
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

Game 2
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
George Banks  rf
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Jim Fregosi  ss
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Joe Horlen  p

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Billy Williams  rf
Jerry Adair  2b
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
George Banks  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Al Downing  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/PH
Roseboro
8
1
0
1
0
0
4
0
.190
C/PH
Martin
5
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
.232
1B
Clendenon
13
5
1
1
0
3
2
0
.307
2B
Adair
11
4
1
0
0
0
2
0
.297
3B
Boyer
6
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
.235
SS
Fregosi
12
1
1
0
0
0
3
0
.291
OF
Pearson
12
2
2
2
0
0
1
0
.334
OF
Maye
8
1
0
0
0
2
2
0
.276
OF
Williams
12
2
2
1
0
1
3
0
.302
OF/3B
Banks
10
4
1
1
0
0
4
0
.327
PH
Kolb
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
.342
P
Barber
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.231
P
Horlen
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
.086
P
Downing
2
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
.167
2B: Clendenon 2 (13), Fregosi (13), Banks (3), Adair (16)
         
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Barber
1
1
8.0
6
2
0
0
0
6
111
2.75
1 win
SP
Horlen
1
1
6.2
8
1
0
5
4
6
108
4.37
1 loss
SP
Downing
1
1
5.0
5
1
2
5
5
5
83
3.17
1 loss
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
1
1
0
0
0
1
33
2.56
1 save
RP
Dailey
2
-
1.1
2
2
0
0
0
0
30
1.28
RP
Siebler
1
-
2.0
1
1
0
0
0
1
29
2.84
RP
Brewer
1
-
2.0
5
0
0
1
0
2
37
3.43

FEATURED GAME
 Game 2: July 4, 1963


Pittsburgh Pirates
starting lineup
Bob Skinner  lf
Bill Virdon  cf
Roberto Clemente  rf
Jim Pagliaroni  c
Lou Klimchock  1b
Bill Mazeroski  2b
Gene Alley  ss
Dick Schofield  3b
Don Schwall  p



Roberto Clemente
"Arriba"
Born 8.8.34 (Puerto Rico)
Debut 4.17.55
Bats Right
Throws Right
5' 11"   175
1955-1972
2433 G
9454 AB
1416 R
3000 H
240 HR
1305 RBI
.317 BA
.475 SLG
All-Star 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
Gold Glove 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
1966 NL MVP
1971 ML-WS MVP
Hall of Fame



Pirates first.
HORLEN PITCHING. Skinner singled to right. Virdon struck out. Clemente struck out. Pagliaroni singled up the middle, Skinner to second. Klimchock grounded to second, Skinner forced out at third (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
SCHWALL PITCHING. Pearson grounded to first. Clendenon struck out. Banks singled up the middle. Williams grounded to short, Banks forced out at second (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Pirates second.
Mazeroski struck out. Alley grounded to third. Schofield singled through the right side. Schwall flied out to right.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

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

Pirates third.
Skinner struck out. Virdon flied out to center. Clemente grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters third.
Roseboro grounded to second. Horlen walked. Pearson popped up to second. Clendenon popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Pirates fourth.
Pagliaroni struck out. Klimchock singled in the right field gap. Mazeroski singled to left, Klimchock to second. Alley walked, Klimchock to third, Mazeroski to second. Bases loaded. Schofield singled to left, Klimchock scored, Mazeroski scored, Alley to second. Schwall popped up to short. Skinner lined out to center.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Pittsburgh leads 2 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Banks struck out. Williams singled to center. Adair singled to right, Williams to second. Fregosi grounded to third, Williams to third, Adair forced out at second (fielder's choice). Boyer lined out to right.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Pirates fifth.
Virdon flied out to right. Clemente grounded to short. Pagliaroni grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Pittsburgh leads 2 to 0.

Dusters fifth.
Roseboro struck out. Horlen walked. Pearson grounded to third, Horlen to second. Clendenon was intentionally walked. Banks struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Pirates sixth.
Klimchock struck out. Mazeroski grounded to second. Alley grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Pittsburgh leads 2 to 0.

Dusters sixth.
Williams grounded to second. Adair grounded to second. Fregosi grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 0.

Pirates seventh.
Schofield lined out to center. Schwall singled to center. Skinner doubled down the right field line, Schwall scored. Virdon grounded to the pitcher, Skinner to third. Clemente reached first on a fielding error, pitcher, Skinner scored. DAILEY PITCHING. Pagliaroni walked, Clemente to second. Klimchock singled up the middle, Clemente to third, Pagliaroni to second. Bases loaded. Mazeroski walked, Clemente scored, Pagliaroni to third, Klimchock to second. Bases loaded. Alley grounded to first.
3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 3 left on base. Pittsburgh leads 5 to 0.

Dusters seventh.
Boyer was hit by a pitch. Roseboro struck out. Power (for Dailey) singled to left, Boyer to second. Pearson flied out to right. Clendenon reached first on a throwing error, shortstop, Boyer to third, Power to second. Bases loaded. Banks grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 3 left on base. Nevada trails 5 to 0.

Pirates eighth.
SIEBLER PITCHING. Schofield walked. Schwall lined out to center. Schofield was doubled off first. Skinner popped up to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Pittsburgh leads 5 to 0.

Dusters eighth.
Williams grounded to first. Adair singled to center. Fregosi grounded to third, Adair forced out at second (fielder's choice). Boyer grounded to the pitcher.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 5 to 0.

Pirates ninth.
Virdon grounded to third. Clemente grounded to second. Pagliaroni singled in the left field gap. Klimchock struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Pittsburgh leads 5 to 0.

Dusters ninth.
Roseboro singled to left. Martin (for Siebler) hit an infield single to short, Roseboro to second. Pearson singled to left, Roseboro to third, Martin to second. Bases loaded. Clendenon doubled down the left field line, Roseboro scored, Martin scored, Pearson to third. Banks struck out. Williams grounded to short, Pearson scored, Clendenon to third. Kolb (for Adair) was intentionally walked. Fregosi struck out.
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.

PIRATES WIN: 5-3