Los Angeles Dodgers @ Nevada Dusters
April 1-3, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
BASEBALL IN SIN CITY
Ford Frick
Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick had two concerns when Conn Hudson started the Nevada Dusters franchise. Was Las Vegas capable of sustaining a major league franchise? And would a city notorious for its strippers, gamblers and mobsters be an environment fraught with peril for the Dusters roster, not to mention Major League Baseball's reputation? The first month's attendance totals, which revealed that an average of 23,000 fans showed up for the home games, answered the first question -- and seemed to confirm Hudson's belief that there was a lot more to fast-growing Las Vegas besides a strip lined with casinos and nightclubs. "There are hundreds of thousands of everyday folks living here who are ready, willing and able to support a major league ballclub," Hudson had said. As for Frick's second concern, Hudson and manager Ben Naylor decided it would be unwise to try to control the lives of their players outside the ballpark. Hudson merely mentioned Frick's worries to the team, and expressed his confidence in the players' common sense.
THE DODGERS COME TO VEGAS
Game 1
April 1, 1963

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

   WP: Barber (1-0)
     LP: Drysdale (0-1)
     SV: Reniff (1)

     Attendance: 23,519
     Time: 2:31

Nevada Dusters record: 1-0
The first challenge faced by the new ballclub was a big one -- Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dusters pitching ace Steve Barber went up against Drysdale in Game 1 and more than held his own. In fact, Drysdale was gone after four innings, giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out four. Barber allowed two runs on eight hits in eight innings, walking five and striking out four. The Dusters jumped out in front in the 1st when singles by Jim Fregosi, Vic Power and Billy Williams set the stage for a two-run double to center by Lee Maye. They added a run in the 3rd and went on to win the game 5-2, to the delight of the 23,000 fans who came to brand-new Horizon Field to watch the Dusters play for the first time. Fregosi went  2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice. Williams was 2-for-3 on the day, and Jerry Adair (2-for-4) hit the first-ever Dusters home run, a solo shot into the left field bleachers in the 9th inning. Taking the mound in the 9th, closer Hal Reniff collected his first save of the season.
Game 2
April 2, 1963

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

WP: Horlen (1-0)
     LP: Koufax (0-1)
     SV: Reniff (2)

     Attendance: 20,927
     Time: 2:42

Nevada Dusters record: 2-0
Southpaw sensation Sandy Koufax pitched for the Dodgers in Game 2 and held the Dusters to five hits. Fortunately for Nevada, two of those hits were homers -- both solo shots -- one by Albie Pearson in the 1st (on the first pitch thrown by Koufax) and in the 4th by Clete Boyer. The Dusters manufactured another run in the third, with a little help from LA shortstop Maury Wills, who committed a costly fielding error. And that was all the scoring Nevada needed, thanks to a superb job by starter Joe Horlen, who allowed just one run -- a homer served up to Frank Howard -- on seven hits in 8.2 innings. The Dodgers left a pair stranded in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th innings, but Horlen (with help in the 9th from closer Hal Reniff) always managed to keep them in check. As for Koufax, he lasted four innings in the 3-1 Nevada win.
Game 3
April 3, 1963

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

WP: Downing (1-0)
     LP: Roebuck (0-1)
     SV: Reniff (3)

     Attendance: 21,424
     Time: 2:38

Nevada Dusters record: 3-0
In the third game of the series, Nevada starter Al Downing had tough sledding in the first three innings, allowing five hits, and the Dusters found themselves on the losing end of a 4-1 score midway through the contest. But in the bottom of the 5th catcher Johnny Roseboro hit a lead-off solo home run. Then Jim Fregosi doubled and scored on a Billy Williams single. (The same combination -- a Fregosi double followed by a Williams single -- would score again in the 5th.) Nevada was right back in it, down by a run. In the 6th, Donn Clendenon (starting at first base in place of Vic Power) singled, Jerry Adair did likewise, and Clete Boyer hit an RBI double down the right field line. Pinch hitting for Downing, Power scored Adair and the Dusters were ahead 5-4. Reliever Claude Raymond struck out a pair and gave up a single in two innings of work, and in the 8th Nevada added two insurance runs compliments of Adair's homer (his second of the series) and an RBI double by pinch hitter Gary Kolb. In the 9th the Dodgers went three up and three down against closer Hal Reniff, who earned his third save, while Downing got the win. For the second day in a row Nevada had two home runs in a game (five for the series). Vegas was abuzz; their brand-new team had swept the Dodgers. They'd beaten Drysdale and Koufax and, in Game 3, Johnny Podres. When reporters asked for his thoughts on the series, Dusters field boss Ben Naylor merely replied, "It's nice to start off on the right foot."
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

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

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


AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
11
1
0
2
1
1
2
2
.091
1B
Power
9
3
0
1
0
1
0
0
.333
1B
Clendenon
4
2
1
1
0
0
1
0
.500
2B
Adair
11
5
0
3
2
2
1
0
.455
3B
Boyer
11
3
0
1
1
3
2
0
.273
SS
Fregosi
13
4
1
4
0
0
2
1
.308
OF
Pearson
13
2
1
2
1
1
4
0
.154
OF
Williams
10
4
1
0
0
3
1
0
.400
OF
Maye
11
3
1
0
0
3
2
1
.273
PH
Kolb
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1.000
P
Barber
3
2
0
1
0
0
1
0
.066
P
Horlen
3
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
.000
P
Downing
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
2B: Maye (1), Adair (1), Boyer (1), Fregosi (1), Kolb (1)
3B: Fregosi (1)
HR: Adair 2 (2), Boyer (1), Pearson (1), Roseboro (1)
    1          
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Barber
1
1
8.0
8
5
0
2
2
4
126
2.25
1 win
SP
Horlen
1
1
8.2
7
5
1
1
1
5
134
1.04
1 win
SP
Downing
1
1
6.0
6
1
1
4
4
5
91
6.00
1 win
RP
Reniff
3
-
2.1
1
0
0
0
0
1
34
0.00
3 saves
RP
Raymond
1
-
2.0
1
0
0
0
0
2
26
0.00

FEATURED GAME
Game 1: April 1, 1963
(Opening Day)


Los Angeles Dodgers
starting lineup
Maury Wills  ss
Willie Davis  cf
Tommy Davis  lf
Frank Howard  rf
Bill Skowron  1b
Del Crandall  c
Daryl Spencer  3b
Jim Gilliam  2b
Don Drysdale  p



Maury Wills
Born 10.2.32 (Washington, DC)
Debut 6.6.59
Bats Both
Throws Right
5'11"   170
1959-1972
1942 G
7588 AB
1067 R
2134 H
458 RBI
.281 BA
.330 OBP
586 SB
All-Star 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966
Gold Glove 1961, 1962
1962 NL MVP
1962ML-AS MVP

 Dodgers first.
BARBER PITCHING. Wills singled to center. Wills was caught stealing second. W. Davis grounded to second. T. Davis hit an infield single to second. Howard singled up the middle, T. Davis to second. Skowron struck out.
0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
DRYSDALE PITCHING. Pearson struck out. Fregosi singled to left. Power singled to center, Fregosi to second.  Williams hit an infield single to third, Fregosi to third, Power to second. Bases loaded. Maye doubled to center, Fregosi scored, Power scored, Williams to third. Williams went for an extra base and was thrown out at home. Boyer grounded to first.
2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 0.

Dodgers second.
Crandall tripled down the left field line. Crandall went for an extra base and was thrown out at home. Spencer grounded to third. Gilliam grounded to second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Los Angeles trails 2 to 0.

Dusters second.
Adair struck out. Roseboro reached first on a fielding error, catcher. Roseboro stole second. Barber struck out. Pearson grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 0.

Dodgers third.
Drysdale grounded to short. Wills grounded to short. W. Davis grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.  Los Angeles trails 2 to 0.

Dusters third.
Fregosi singled through the hole. Fregosi stole second. Power grounded to short. Williams was hit by a pitch. Maye grounded to third. Boyer singled to center, Fregosi scored, Williams to third. Adair grounded to second.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 0.

Dodgers fourth.
T. Davis struck out. Howard singled through the hole. Skowron popped up to second. Crandall walked, Howard to second. Spencer struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.  Los Angeles trails 3 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Roseboro grounded to first. Barber singled to left. Pearson singled through the hole, Barber to second. Fregosi walked, Barber to third, Pearson to second. Bases loaded. Power popped up to second. Williams singled up the middle, Barber scored, Pearson to third, Fregosi to second. Bases loaded. Maye struck out.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 0.

Dodgers fifth.
Gilliam walked. Moon (for Drysdale) singled up the middle, Gilliam to second. Wills grounded to short, Gilliam forced out at third (fielder's choice), Moon to second. W. Davis walked, Moon to third, Wills to second. Bases loaded. T. Davis grounded to third, Moon scored, Wills to third, W. Davis to second. Howard struck out.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Los Angeles trails 4 to 1.

Dusters fifth.
WILLHITE PITCHING. Boyer flied out to left. Adair singled through the hole. Adair was caught stealing second. Roseboro flied out to right.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 1.

Dodgers sixth.
Skowron popped up to third. Crandall grounded to third. Spencer grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Los Angeles trails 4 to 1.

Dusters sixth.
Barber singled through the hole. Pearson grounded to third. Fregosi struck out. Power popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 1.

Dodgers seventh.
Gilliam grounded to third. Fairly (for Willhite) grounded to second. Wills lined out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Los Angeles trails 4 to 1.

Dusters seventh.
ROEBUCK PITCHING. Williams struck out. Maye lined out to right. Boyer grounded to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 1.

Dodgers eighth.
W. Davis grounded to short. T. Davis singled to center. Howard popped up to third. Skowron singled down the first base line, T. Davis to third. Crandall walked, Skowron to second. Bases loaded. Walls (for Spencer) walked, T. Davis scored, Skowron to third, Crandall to second. Bases loaded. Zimmer (for Gilliam) grounded to second.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Los Angeles trails 4 to 2.

Dusters eighth.
TRACEWSKI IN AT THIRD. Adair homered over the left field fence. Roseboro lined out to center. Clendenon (for Barber) singled to center. Pearson flied out to center. Fregosi lined out to center.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 2.

Dodgers ninth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Mota (for Roebuck) grounded to second. Wills was hit by a pitch. W. Davis struck out. T. Davis grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 5-2