Nevada Dusters @ Los Angeles Dodgers
April 13-15, 1964
Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
April 1964
AN EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES
 
Willie Horton, Sonny Jackson
In mid-April Las Vegas Sun sportswriter Al Childress penned a series of three articles detailing the "problem" faced by Conn Hudson -- a problem, said Childress, that many ML owners/GMs would give their right arm, and maybe their firstborn, to have. According to Childress, the Nevada Dusters had acquired, through trades and free agent signings, more talented players than they knew what to do with. "Hudson has players on the bench," wrote Childress, "and at AAA Bakersfield who would probably be starting for other clubs." It was a situation that would have to be addressed, but Hudson's problem was a sense of loyalty to those who had played on last year's championship team and his reluctance to give up a player for nothing. Childress broke the team down by position, highlighting the areas where the surfeit of talent created logjams. Including the AAA players who should be in The Show already or would soon be primed to move up, the club had seven middle infielders -- Jerry Adair, Denis Menke, Dick Green, Julio Gotay, Sonny Jackson, Joe Morgan and Cookie Rojas -- where, at most, only five were needed to tend to the team's present and future needs at second base and shortstop. There were four third basemen -- Clete Boyer, Bob Bailey, Don Buford and Don Wert -- one too many according to Childress. And Nevada could boast of no less than eight outfielders, all of whom were above-average -- Billy Williams, Albie Pearson, Lee Maye, Rico Carty, Tony Oliva, George Banks, Cleon Jones and Willie Horton. Six, wrote Childress, would be more than enough. Banks could play third base, but the club already had too many third-sackers. "Hudson has expressed concern about the club's financial situation when faced, next offseason, with the decision to resign players like Billy Williams and Donn Clendenon. He may have to do something that runs counter to his nature -- sell off some of the excess talent. It is, after all, only fair to those who deserve a chance to play and yet are languishing on the Dusters bench, or with the Bakersfield Bullets."
ROAD WARRIORS
Game 1
April 13, 1964

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2    5 12  1
     Dodgers (LAD) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  3  1

 WP: Downing (1-0)
     LP: Podres (0-2)

     Attendance: 43,057
     Time: 3:05

Nevada Dusters record: 10-3
The Dusters embarked on their first road trip of '64, heading to the west coast to take on the struggling (4-and-8) Dodgers. The young Al Downing faced the veteran Dodger hurler Johnny Podres, and Downing had a much better day, pitching a complete game during which he struck out twelve while allowing only three hits, earning his first win of the season in the process (and erasing the memory of his previous start). Podres pitched well in the early going, and the game was scoreless through five, though the Dusters had two men on in the 1st and the 4th. Denis Menke opened the Nevada 6th with a single, moved to second on a Johnny Roseboro grounder, and scored when Jerry Adair hit a blooper into right field. In the bottom of the inning Dodger third sacker Ed Charles reached on a rare Roseboro throwing error, stole second and third, but was stranded when Downing  fanned both Frank Howard and Del Crandall. The Dusters widened their lead in the 7th as Rico Carty hit an RBI single and Menke (2-for-5) doubled in Carty. Los Angeles reliever Ed Roebuck loaded the bases in the Nevada 8th but struck out J.C. Martin and Billy Williams to keep it 3-0. But in the 9th Ron Perranoski walked in a run and Roseboro knocked in another to make it 5-0. Meanwhile, Downing didn't allow a single Los Angeles batter to reach base in the 7th, 8th or 9th innings. "I've seen Al pitch some great games," said Ben Naylor afterwards, "but that might have been the best." Donn Clendenon continued to sizzle at the plate, going 2-for-4 and raising his average to .405. Tony Oliva (1-for-4) started in center field to give Albie Pearson a much-deserved rest.
Game 2
April 14, 1964

                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0    5 12  0
     Dodgers (LAD) 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0    2  5  0

WP: McNally (2-0)
     LP: Johnson (1-2)
     SV: Raymond (7)

     Attendance: 42,398
     Time: 3:28

Nevada Dusters record: 11-3
A topic of conversation in the early going of the 1964 season was Billy William's struggles at the plate. The '63 ML batting champ's at-bats were slowly improving, but he hadn't hit a home run -- until Game 2. His first of the year was a three-run blast at the expense of Dodger starter Ken Johnson that gave the Dusters a 3rd inning 3-0 lead. Nevada added a run in the 4th and threatened to break the game wide open with the bases loaded and one out in the 5th, but Johnson bore down and struck out two batters to end the threat. Dave McNally pitched what Ben Naylor described as his best game in "a long while," striking out eight -- five in a row in the 3rd and 4th innings -- while allowing just two runs on three hits in his seven innings of work. Those two Los Angeles runs occurred in the 7th when Lee Walls hit a two-run homer. Bob Duliba -- who had a 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings -- shut down the Dodgers in the 8th while Claude Raymond (0.00 ERA in 11.0 innings) did likewise in the 9th to notch his seventh save. The Nevada bullpen, said the pundits, appeared destined for another dominant year.  Lee Maye went 3-for-4 on the day, as did Johnny Roseboro. But the talk of the town was first baseman Donn Clendenon's bat -- he was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, and his average soared to .444. In addition, he was the team leader in homers (three) and stolen bases (three). At 11-3 the Dusters had the best record in baseball and were one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL.
Game 3
April 15, 1964

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

WP: Duliba (3-0)
     LP: Cloninger (0-1)
     SV: Raymond (8)

     Attendance: 41,748
     Time: 3:27

Nevada Dusters record: 12-3
Things looked grim for the Nevada Dusters in the early innings of Game 3, as they seemed incapable of stringing together enough hits to get a run against Los Angeles starter Denny Lemaster. In fact, they managed all of three hits through six innings. Dodger bats fared better against Gaylord Perry, getting his first start in a Duster uniform as replacement for the still ailing Wally Bunker. Perry was roughed up a bit, allowing four runs on seven hits during his five frames of work. But then, in the 7th, Clete Boyer singled and Lee Maye walked prior to J.C. Martin's towering home run to deep center. It was the backup catcher's second hit of the season, and he had come into the series with a paltry .111 average. Now it was 4-3, and Lemaster was done, replaced by Ron Perranoski, who kept the Dusters at bay through the 8th. Maye led off the Nevada 9th with a double but was caught trying to steal third, and when Jerry Adair struck out the Dodgers were one out away from the win. Martin drew an intentional pass, pinch hitter Rico Carty singled, and Albie Pearson hit an RBI single to tie the game. Tony Cloninger took the hill for the Dodgers in the Nevada 10th. Denis Menke hit a one-out double, went to third on a Maye grounder, and, with two out in the inning, scored when left fielder Manny Mota muffed a Jerry Adair fly ball. The combination of Bob Duliba and Claude Raymond held the Dodgers scoreless in the bottom of the 10th and the Dusters had swept the series, won five games in a row, and remained one game up on the Giants in the NL. Contemplating the comeback victory, Las Vegas Sun sportswriter Al Childress wrote: "I'm beginning to get that feeling again -- the same one I had much of last season -- that there's something special about this team."
Dusters Starting Lineups

Game 1
Tony Oliva  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Rico Carty  rf
Denis Menke  ss
Johnny Roseboro  c
Jerry Adair  2b
Bob Bailey  3b
Al Downing  p

Game 2
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Denis Menke  ss
George Banks  3b
Lee Maye  rf
Johnny Roseboro  c
Jerry Adair  2b
Dave McNally  p

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Denis Menke  22
Clete Boyer  3b
Lee Maye  rf
Jerry Adair  2b
J.C. Martin  c
Gaylord Perry  p


AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/PR
Roseboro
10
3
0
1
0
1
0
0
.277
1B
Clendenon
12
5
1
3
0
0
3
1
.400
1B/C
Martin
6
1
1
1
1
3
5
0
.133
2B
Adair
10
2
4
0
0
2
2
0
.220
3B
Bailey
3
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
.133
3B
Boyer
4
1
1
1
0
0
2
0
.250
SS
Menke
14
3
0
3
0
2
5
0
.250
OF
Oliva
4
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
.308
OF
Pearson
11
4
0
1
0
1
1
0
.371
OF
Williams
14
5
0
1
1
3
1
0
.279
OF/PH
Carty
5
2
1
1
0
1
1
0
.316
OF
Maye
8
5
1
2
0
0
2
0
.290
OF/3B
Banks
6
1
0
1
0
0
3
0
.286
P
Downing
4
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
.286
P
McNally
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
P
Perry
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
.000
2B: Menke 2 (4), Banks (3), Roseboro (3), Clendenon (3), Maye 3 (5), Williams (2)
HR: Williams (1), Martin (1)
 
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Downing
1
1
9.0
3
2
0
0
0
12
125
2.89
1 win
SP
McNally
1
1
7.0
3
3
1
2
2
8
112
2.25
1 win
SP
Perry
1
1
5.0
7
1
1
4
4
2
83
4.76
RP
Duliba
2
-
2.2
1
2
0
0
0
3
51
0.00
1 win
RP
Raymond
2
-
1.1
1
1
0
0
0
1
26
0.00
2 saves
RP
Dailey
1
0
1.0
1
0
0
0
0
0
14
2.57
Injury Report
(4.11) Joe Horlen (SP)
Out 15 days, hand stress fracture
(4.11) Wally Bunker (SP)
Out 4 days, hip stress fracture
(4.12) Clete Boyer (3B)
Out 1 day, bruised foot

FEATURED GAME
Game 3: April 15, 1964



Los Angeles Dodgers
starting lineup
Willie Davis  cf
Ed Charles  3b
Bill Skowron  1b
Frank Howard  rf
Del Crandall  c
Manny Mota  lf
Jim Gilliam  2b
Bobby Wine  ss
Denny Lemaster  p


Frank Howard
"Hondo"
Born 8.8.36 (Columbus, OH)
Debut 9.10.58
Bats Right
Throws Right
6' 7"   255
Ohio State University
1958-1973
1895 G
6488 AB
864 R
1774 H
382 HR
1119 RBI
.273 BA
.499 SLG
All-Star 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
1960 NL ROY

Dusters first.
LEMASTER PITCHING. Pearson flied out to center. Clendenon grounded to short. Williams flied out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dodgers first.
PERRY PITCHING. Davis singled through the hole. Charles flied out to center. Skowron homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. Howard doubled over the right fielder. Crandall grounded to third, Howard to third. Mota singled to right, Howard scored. Gilliam flied out to center.
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Los Angeles leads 3 to 0.

Dusters second.
Menke struck out. Boyer struck out. Maye singled in the right field gap. Adair flied out to center.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 0.

Dodgers second.
Wine reached second on a fielding error, center fielder. Lemaster struck out. Davis flied out to right. Charles popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base. Los Angeles leads 3 to 0.

Dusters third.
Martin struck out. Perry walked. Pearson singled to right, Perry to second. Clendenon flied out to center. Williams flied out to left.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 0.

Dodgers third.
Skowron flied out to right. Howard grounded to third. Crandall singled in the left field gap. Mota grounded to second, Crandall forced out at second (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Los Angeles leads 3 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Menke struck out. Boyer grounded to short. Maye struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 0.

Dodgers fourth.
Gilliam grounded to short. Wine lined out to center. Lemaster struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.  Los Angeles leads 3 to 0.

Dusters fifth.
Adair flied out to left. Martin struck out. Perry struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 0.

Dodgers fifth.
Davis tripled down the right field line. Charles popped up to third. Skowron singled to center, Davis scored. Howard walked, Skowron to second. Crandall grounded to short, Howard forced out at third (fielder's choice). Mota grounded to first.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Los Angeles leads 4 to 0.

Dusters sixth.
Pearson lined out to left. Clendenon struck out. Williams doubled down the third base line. Menke grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 0.

Dodgers sixth.
BILL DAILEY PITCHING. Gilliam singled up the middle. Wine flied out to right. Lemaster flied out to center. Davis grounded to short.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Los Angeles leads 4 to 0.

Dusters seventh.
Boyer singled to left. Maye walked, Boyer to second. Adair struck out. Martin homered over the center field fence for three RBIs. George Banks (for Dailey) flied out to left. RON PERRANOSKI PITCHING. Pearson lined out to center.
3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 3.

Dodgers seventh.
JIM BREWER PITCHING. Charles grounded to the pitcher. Skowron struck out. Howard walked. Crandall popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Los Angeles leads 4 to 3.

Dusters eighth.
HANK FOILES AT FIRST. Clendenon struck out. Williams singled to left. Menke struck out. Boyer struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 3.

Dodgers eighth.
Mota grounded to short. Gilliam grounded to third. Wine struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Los Angeles leads 4 to 3.

Dusters ninth.
Maye doubled down the third base line. Maye was caught stealing third. Adair struck out. Martin was intentionally walked. Rico Carty (for Brewer) singled to center, Martin to second. LARRY SHERRY PITCHING. Johnny Roseboro (pinch runner) for Martin. Pearson singled through the hole, Roseboro scored, Carty to second. Clendenon flied out to left.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Dodgers ninth.
BOB DULIBA PITCHING. Mickey Harrington (for Sherry) grounded to third. Davis singled to center. Charles grounded to first, Davis forced out at second (fielder's choice). Foiles struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 4.

Dusters tenth.
TONY CLONINGER PITCHING. Williams flied out to right. Menke doubled down the third base line. Boyer was intentionally walked. Maye grounded to short, Menke to third, Boyer forced out at second (fielder's choice). Adair reached second on a fielding error, left fielder, Menke scored, Maye to third. Roseboro lined out to second.
1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 4.

Dodgers tenth.
VIC POWER AT FIRST. Howard walked. Crandall grounded to second, Howard forced out at second (fielder's choice). Mota grounded to short, Crandall to second. Gilliam was intentionally walked. CLAUDE RAYMOND PITCHING. Purnal Goldy (for Wine) popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 5-4


The Standings
National League
W
L
Pct.
GB
Streak
Last 10
BA
ERA
Nevada Dusters
11
3
.800
-
Won 5
8-2
.276
3.04
San Francisco Giants
11
4
.733
1.0
Won 3
8-2
.261
2.69
Chicago Cubs
8
7
.533
4.0
Lost 3
5-5
.269
3.60
Houston Colt .45's
8
7
.533
4.0
Won 1
6-4
.247
3.73
New York Mets
6
6
.500
4.5
Lost 1
4-6
.240
3.82
Cincinnati Reds
5
7
.417
5.5
Lost 3
5-5
.268
4.43
St. Louis Cardinals
5
7
.417
5.5
Lost 1
4-6
.232
2.97
Philadelphia Phillies
6
9
.400
6.0
Won 3
5-5
.270
4.83
Pittsburgh Pirates
4
8
.333
6.5
Won 1
4-6
.239
3.78
Los Angeles Dodgers
4
11
.267
8.0
Lost 4
2-8
.221
4.00

Nevada Dusters: Financial Report
Average
Attendance
Revenue
YTD
Team
Payroll
Profit
YTD
Available
Cash
25.096
$96,000
$583,000
$16,000
$412,000