Houston Colt .45's @ Nevada Dusters
July 21-23, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
UNWANTED ATTENTION
With success on the diamond came plenty of media attention for the Nevada Dusters ballclub -- and other kinds of attention as well, some of it unwanted. The Las Vegas Sun broke the story that at least one player had been approached by gamblers who, like everyone else, expected the Dusters to win the NL championship, and were testing the waters with respect to a fix in the world series. Instead of trying to sweep the dirt under a rug, Conn Hudson held a press conference and confirmed that the report was essentially true, that the player had immediately notified him of the contact, and that he had notified the authorities. The player, said Hudson, was Billy Williams, who was "as straight an arrow as you'll find in the game," and, when the police promptly made several arrests, the story died. Still, Hudson was troubled, knowing that Commissioner Ford Frick had early on expressed concern about the possibility of the club's proximity to the "wrong element" in Vegas.
What troubled Hudson more were the gossip columnists who delighted in chronicling the romantic escapades of his oldest daughter, Catherine (left), a 20-year-old model who, against her father's wishes, had dated several of the single players. The wild and spirited Cat, according to one gossip monger, tongue in cheek, was simply trying to "get to know" the franchise that she and her sister Grace might one day inherit. On the front ranks of the Sixties sexual revolution, Cat clearly relished the limelight, in sharp contrast to her younger sibling, who avoided the public eye as much as possible. Hudson admitted that he tried to discourage Cat from fraternizing with the players -- to no avail -- but that he'd decided not to issue a blanket warning to the players to stay away from his daughters. In the months and years to come, the "Cat Connection" would surface in speculation about certain of Hudson's personnel moves.
AT HOME AGAINST HOUSTON
Game 1
July 21, 1963

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  5  0
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 x    3  6  0

WP: Downing (6-3)
     LP: Bruce (3-10)

     Attendance: 24,509
     Time: 2:47

Nevada Dusters record: 66-28
The Dusters returned home to Horizon Field to take on the Houston Colt 45's for the third time this season. Al Downing started for Nevada, and pitched a gem, collecting his second complete game shutout of '63. Only one Houston baserunner reached third during the contest, and in only one frame did the Colt 45's put more than one man on. Downing allowed five hits, struck out six, and notched his sixth win of the year. Conn Hudson proclaimed it Downing's best game as a Duster thus far. "Al was consistent from beginning to end," said Hudson, whose one complaint about Downing had been that the young and often brilliant pitcher sometimes would lose focus on the hill. With Donn Clendenon and Lee Maye going 0-for-3 and Billy Williams 0-for-4, the Nevada offensive production came from an unusual source -- the bottom of the lineup. Clete Boyer opened the 3rd with a single and scored when Johnny Roseboro knocked a three-bagger down the right field line. Then Roseboro crossed the pay station when Albie Pearson grounded to first. The Dusters added an insurance run in the 5th when Boyer walked and later scored on a Pearson single. Roseboro was 2-for-3 on the day, muscling his average above .200.
Game 2
July 22, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0    2  2  0
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 x    3  7  2

  WP: McNally (10-4)
     LP: Nottebart (6-11)
     SV: Reniff (33)

     Attendance: 24,955
     Time: 2:36

Nevada Dusters record: 67-28
To rest his regulars and keep the bench sharp, Ben Naylor planned to substitute freely during the six-game home stand, and for this contest he started Power for Clendenon at first, Gotay for Adair at second, and Banks for Maye in right. Dave McNally started Game 2 for Nevada and gave another strong performance, allowing two hits in seven innings. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a two-run homer by Hal Smith in the Houston 4th. McNally's opposite number, Don Nottebart, was stingy with the hits, too -- until the Nevada 6th. McNally led off with a single and went to second on an Albie Pearson grounder. Power's single through the hole put McNally on third. Then Billy Williams drew a walk to load the bases. Naylor called on his hottest hitter, calling Gotay back and sending Donn Clendenon to the plate. Clendenon hit a double down the right field line and three runs scored. With a 3-2 lead after eight, the Dusters nearly self-destructed. With closer Hal Reniff on the hill, Houston pinch hitter Howie Goss reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jim Fregosi. Goss went to second on an Al Spangler sac bunt, and Hal Smith was issued a pass. Then Carl Warwick reached on a fielding error by Reniff, and the bases were loaded for Johnny Weekly for Pete Runnels, who was 0-for-3 on the day. Weekly popped up and the game was over. McNally improved his record to 10-4 and Reniff recorded his 33rd save.
Game 3
July 23, 1963


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    4  8  1
     Dusters (NEV) 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 x    6 10  0

 WP: Duliba (4-3)
     LP: Brown (2-11)
     SV: Reniff (34)

     Attendance: 25,204
     Time: 3:20

Nevada Dusters record: 68-28

Game 3 did not start out in auspicious fashion for the Dusters, as the Colt 45's shellacked Nevada starter Pete Richert in the first frame, scoring four runs on five hits. The Dusters cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the first when Albie Pearson walked and Donn Clendenon hit a two-run blast out of the park. In the 3rd Houston's Hal Brown walked Johnny Roseboro and Pearson before Clendenon hit a single through the right side that scored Roseboro and made it 4-3. But Clendenon still wasn't done; in the 5th Pearson drew another walk -- he would go 1-for-2 with three walks -- and scored when Clendenon hit a triple into the left field gap. Clendenon scored the go-ahead run on a Billy Williams single. Nevada added an insurance run in the 7th when Roseboro hit his own three-bagger to plate Vic Power. Meanwhile Richert combined with relievers Bob Duliba (two innings), Jim Brewer (one inning) and Hal Reniff (one inning) to see to it that the Colt 45's would never again mount a serious threat. In fact, Houston batters managed just three more hits after their onslaught in the 1st. Clendenon was 3-for-4 on the day, with four RBIs and two runs scored, his .319 average second-best to Pearson's (.321). Jerry Adair's woes in the batter's box continued -- he went 0-for-5. Duliba picked up the win, Reniff the save, and the Dusters were forty games above .500, still eight games up on the second-place Cincinnati Reds. In the AL, the Minnesota Twins had won ten in a row and, at 71-25 were fourteen games ahead of the New York Yankees.
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

Game 2
Albie Pearson  cf
Vic Power  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Julio Gotay  2b
George Banks  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Dave McNally  p

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Lee Maye  rf
Julio Gotay  ss
Vic Power  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Pete Richert  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
9
4
1
2
0
2
0
0
.204
1B/PH
Clendenon
8
4
0
2
1
7
2
0
.319
1B/PH
Martin
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
.252
1B
Power
7
3
0
2
0
0
0
0
.281
2B
Adair
9
1
0
0
0
0
4
0
.288
2B
Gotay
6
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
.260
2B
Saverine
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.227
3B/PH
Boyer
6
1
2
2
0
0
2
0
.225
SS
Fregosi
8
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
.297
OF
Pearson
9
2
4
2
0
2
1
1
.321
OF
Williams
10
2
3
1
0
1
1
0
.305
OF
Maye
7
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
.269
OF/PH
Banks
4
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
.320
PH
Kolb
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.326
P
Downing
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.143
P
McNally
2
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
.154
P
2B: Adair (17), Clendenon (16), Maye (11)
3B: Roseboro 2 (2), Clendenon (4)
HR: Clendenon (7)
1          
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Downing
1
1
9.0
5
4
0
0
0
6
131
2.66
1 win
SP
McNally
1
1
7.0
2
2
1
2
2
3
90
2.48
1 win
SP
Richert
1
1
4.0
7
1
0
4
4
3
71
4.56
RP
Dailey
2
-
2.0
0
1
0
0
0
2
30
1.70
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
0
1
0
0
0
1
37
2.30
2 saves
RP
Duliba
1
-
2.0
1
0
0
0
0
1
26
5.80
1 win
RP
Brewer
1
-
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
16
3.09

FEATURED GAME
Game 3: July 23, 1963



Houston Colt 45's
starting lineup
Johnny Temple  2b
Al Spangler  lf
Hal Smith  c
Carl Warwick  cf
Pete Runnels  1b
Bob Aspromonte  3b
Carroll Hardy  rf
Bob Lillis  ss
Hal Brown  p


Carl Warwick
Born 2.27.37 (Dallas, TX)
Debut 4.11.61
Bats Right
Throws Left
5' 10"   170
Texas Christian University
1961-1966
530 G
1462 AB
168 R
363 H
31 HR
149 RBI
.248 BA
.360 SLG




Colt 45s first.
RICHERT PITCHING. Temple flied out to left. Spangler doubled down the left field line. Smith singled through the hole, Spangler to third. Warwick singled up the middle, Spanger scored, Smith to second. Runnels flied out to left. Aspromonte singled to right, Smith scored, Warwick to third. Aspromonte stole second. Hardy doubled over the right fielder, Warwick scored, Aspromonte scored. Lillis struck out.
4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston leads 4 to 0.

Dusters first.
BROWN PITCHING. Pearson singled to left. Clendenon homered over the right field fence for two RBIs. Williams flied out to center. Adair lined out to left. Maye doubled down the right field line. Gotay struck out.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 2.

Colt 45s second.
Brown struck out. Temple popped up to third. Spangler popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston leads 4 to 2.

Dusters second.
Power popped up to third. Roseboro walked. Richert flied out to center. Pearson walked, Roseboro to second. Clendenon singled through the right side, Roseboro scored, Pearson to third. Williams grounded to first.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 3.

Colt 45s third.
Smith grounded to third. Warwick popped up to third. Runnels walked. Aspromonte popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston leads 4 to 3.

Dusters third.
Adair struck out. Maye reached first on a fielding error, shortstop. Gotay struck out. Power flied out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 4 to 3.

Colt 45s fourth.
Hardy singled down the third base line. Lillis singled to left, Hardy to second. Brown struck out. Temple popped up to third. Spangler flied out to right.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Houston leads 4 to 3.

Dusters fourth.
Roseboro flied out to center. Boyer (for Richert) grounded to the pitcher. Pearson walked. Clendenon tripled in the left field gap, Pearson scored. Williams singled through the hole, Clendenon scored. UMBRICHT PITCHING. Adair struck out.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 4.

Colt 45s fifth.
DULIBA PITCHING. Smith hit an infield single to third. Warwick flied out to left. Smith was caught stealing second. Runnels grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 5 to 4.

Dusters fifth.
Maye grounded to second. Gotay struck out. Power singled in the left field gap. Roseboro flied out to center.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 4.

Colt 45s sixth.
Aspromonte struck out. Hardy popped up to second. Lillis grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 5 to 4.

Dusters sixth.
Martin (for Duliba) struck out. Pearson walked. Clendenon flied out to center. Williams walked, Pearson to second. Adair lined out to right.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 4.

Colt 45s seventh.
DAILEY PITCHING. FREGOSI IN AT FIRST. Goss (for Umbricht) lined out to right. Temple walked. Temple was picked off first. Spangler struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 5 to 4.

Dusters seventh.
WOODESHICK PITCHING. Maye singled through the right side. Gotay grounded to short, 6-3 double play. Power singled down the right field line. Roseboro tripled in the right field gap, Power scored. Banks (for Dailey) lined out to short.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 6 to 4.

Colt 45s eighth.
BREWER PITCHING. Smith grounded to short. Warwick struck out. Runnels grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 6 to 4.

Dusters eighth.
Pearson struck out. Fregosi grounded to first. Williams walked. Adair struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 6 to 4.

Colt 45s ninth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Aspromonte grounded to first. Hardy struck out. Lillis grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 6-4