St. Louis Cardinals @ Nevada Dusters
April 4-6, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
STAYING CLOSE TO HOME
Of the nine series the Dusters would play in April, eight of them were at home. It was fortuitous scheduling as far as GM Conn Hudson was concerned. Revenue projections showed that the franchise would lose money in 1963, and with the medical, scouting and farm system budgets already as low as Hudson dared make them, that meant the team salary needed to be reduced. They could not afford to carry 21 batters and 17 pitchers. Hudson wanted the numbers down to 18 and 15 respectively. He told Naylor they would not have to make any difficult roster decisions until the end of April. Playing most of the month at home gave them that much leeway.

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Game 1
April 4, 1963

   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
   Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0    3  8  3
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1    2  2  1

     WP: Sadecki (1-0)
     LP: McNally (0-1)

     Attendance: 23,093
     Time: 2:56

Nevada Dusters record: 3-1
"This is gonna be Stan the Man's last year," Naylor told his team, referring to St. Louis outfielder legend Stan Musial. "Let's give him a reason to mention us in his memoirs." The Cards also had Ken Boyer (brother Nevada's third-baseman, Clete), Bill White, Curt Flood and Dick Groat, sluggers all. The odds were in favor of St. Louis. What the Dusters hadn't expected was nine innings of outstanding pitching by the St. Louis starter, Ray Sadecki, who allowed two Nevada hits all night long. A 4th inning fielding error by Lee Maye in right field put Cardinal runners on second and third for Gene Oliver, who singled in two runs. Nevada scored a run in the 7th thanks to a pair of errors by the Cardinals, but it wasn't until the 8th that the Dusters got their first hit -- off the bat of George Banks, starting in lieu of Albie Pearson in the leadoff spot. By then Ken Boyer's solo homer had boosted the St. Louis lead to 3-1, so that Lee Maye's home run in the bottom of the 9th left Nevada on the short end of the 3-2 final score. Dave McNally pitched well, giving up two runs, one of them earned, on five hits in six innings of work, but got the loss.
Game 2
April 5, 1963

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
   Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0  3  8  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1  4  8  2

   WP: Reniff (1-0)
     LP: Shantz (0-2)

     Attendance: 22,165
     Time: 3:49

Nevada Dusters record: 4-1

The big question in Game 2, according to Conn Hudson, was how Nevada's young and relatively untested starter Pete Richert would fare against the parade of sluggers that was the St. Louis lineup. Richert answered by allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out nine in 6.2 innings. The Cardinals went up 2-0 in the 4th when Gene Oliver doubled and scored on a Curt Flood triple. Flood (who was 4-for-5 on the day) scored when Dick Groat reached on an error by Lee Maye. Nevada cut the lead by one in the bottom of the 4th when Jim Fregosi tripled and scored on Billy Williams' double, and tied the game in the 5th when Johnny Roseboro's two-bagger scored Albie Pearson. A Williams homer to lead off the 6th put the Dusters in front 3-2, but the Cards tied it in the 8th when Bob Duliba served up a home run ball to Oliver. Pearson doubled in the 9th and Roseboro drew an intentional walk to put two men on, but Nevada couldn't capitalize. Jerry Adair hit a walk-off solo homer (his third long ball of the season) in the bottom of the 10th, and the Dusters won a thriller, 4-3.
Game 3
April 6, 1963

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

WP: Barber (2-0)
     LP: Gibson (1-1)

     Attendance: 22,939
     Time: 2:26

Nevada Dusters record: 5-1
In Game 3, Steve Barber took on Cardinal ace Bob Gibson -- and pitched the first complete game and shutout in Nevada Dusters history. He allowed just three hits while Gibson gave up four runs on five hits in six innings. Gary Kolb, playing right field in place of Lee Maye, got two RBIs on a single and a sac fly. Second baseman Jerry Adair went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. The Dusters had won their second series, but best of all, in Conn Hudson's opinion, the Nevada starting rotation had prevailed against one of the strongest lineups in the majors. McNally, Richert and Barber had held Bill White to 3-for-12, Ken Boyer to 1-for-13, Stan Musial to 1-for-11, George Atman to 2-for-11 and Dick Groat to 0-for-9. Only Curt Flood (4-for-10) had consistent success against the Nevada hurlers. In fact, the Dusters' starting rotation could boast of a combined ERA of 1.96.
Dusters Starting Lineups

Game 1
George Banks  cf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Lee Maye  rf
Vic Power  1b
Jerry Adair  2b
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Dave McNally  p

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

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

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
10
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
.095
1B
Power
7
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
.188
1B
Clendenon
4
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
.250
2B
Adair
11
4
2
1
1
2
2
0
.409
3B
Boyer
11
0
1
0
0
0
3
0
.136
SS
Fregosi
12
3
1
3
0
0
3
0
.280
OF
Banks
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
.333
OF
Williams
12
3
1
3
1
2
0
1
.318
OF
Maye
8
1
0
1
1
1
4
1
.211
OF
Pearson
6
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
.211
OF
Kolb
4
1
0
0
0
2
1
0
.400
P
McNally
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
P
Richert
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
P
Duliba
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.000
P
Barber
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
.500
2B: Roseboro (1), Williams (1), Pearson (1)
3B: Fregosi (2)
HR: Maye (1), Adair (3), Williams (1)
          
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
McNally
1
1
6.0
5
0
0
2
1
5
87
1.50
1 loss
SP
Richert
1
1
6.2
5
5
0
2
2
9
119
2.70
SP
Barber
1
1
9.0
3
3
0
0
0
4
123
1.06
1 win
RP
Duliba
2
-
3.1
5
1
2
2
2
2
56
5.40
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
1
2
0
0
0
0
31
0.00
1 win
RP
Dailey
1
-
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
1
15
0.00

FEATURED GAME
 Game 2: April 5, 1963



St. Louis Cardinals
starting lineup
Julian Javier  2b
Bill White  1b
Ken Boyer  3b
Stan Musial  lf
George Altman  rf
Gene Oliver  c
Curt Flood  cf
Dick Groat  ss
Ray Washburn  p



Stan Musial
"Stan the Man"
Born 11.21.20 (Donora, PA)
Debut 9.17.41
Bats Left
Throws Left
6'0"   170
1941-1963
3026 G
10972 AB
1949 R
3630 H
475 HR
1951 RBI
.331 BA
.559 SLG
All-Star 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963
1943 NL MVP
1946 NL MVP
1948 NL MVP
Hall of Fame

Cardinals first.
RICHERT PITCHING. Javier popped up to second. White singled through the hole. K. Boyer grounded to short, White forced out at second (fielder's choice). Musial was intentionally walked, K. Boyer to second. Altman struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
WASHBURN PITCHING. Clendenon struck out. Fregosi singled down the right field line. Williams grounded to third, 5-4-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cardinals second.
Oliver struck out. Flood struck out. Groat walked. Washburn struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters second.
Maye grounded to short. Adair flied out to right. C. Boyer popped up to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cardinals third.
Javier walked. White flied out to left. Javier stole second. K. Boyer flied out to right. Javier tagged up and reached third. Musial flied out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters third.
Pearson flied out to center. Roseboro grounded to the pitcher. Richert was hit by a pitch. Clendenon flied out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cardinals fourth.
Altman struck out. Oliver doubled down the right field line. Flood tripled down the first base line, Oliver scored. Groat reached first on a fielding error, right fielder, Flood scored. Washburn grounded to first, 3-6-3 double play.
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, and 0 left on base. St. Louis leads 2 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Fregosi tripled in the left field gap. Williams doubled down the right field line, Fregosi scored. Maye flied out to center. Adair popped up to second. C. Boyer lined out to second.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 2 to 1.

Cardinals fifth.
Javier walked. White struck out. K. Boyer flied out to center. Musial struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. St. Louis leads 2 to 1.

Dusters fifth.
Pearson walked. Roseboro doubled down the left field line, Pearson scored. Richert popped up to second. Clendenon struck out. Fregosi struck out.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Cardinals sixth.
Altman struck out. Oliver popped up to second. Flood hit an infield single to first. Groat grounded to first.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters sixth.
Williams homered over the left field fence. Maye struck out. Adair hit an infield single to first. C. Boyer struck out. Pearson grounded to short.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 2.

Cardinals seventh.
POWER IN AT FIRST. Burke (for Washburn) singled up the middle. Burke went for an extra base and was thrown out at second. Javier reached first on a fielding error, shortstop. White walked, Javier to second. k. Boyer struck out. DULIBA PITCHING. Musial grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, and 2 left on base. St. Louis trails 3 to 2.

Duster seventh.
JONES PITCHING. Roseboro struck out. Duliba struck out. Power grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 2.

Cardinals eighth.
Altman grounded to third. Oliver homered over the right field fence. Flood singled to left. Flood stole second. Groat was intentionally walked. James (for Jones) struck out. Javier grounded to second.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Dusters eighth.
SHANTZ PITCHING. Fregosi struck out. Williams reached first on a fielding error, catcher. Maye laid down a sacrifice bunt to the catcher, Williams to second. Adair was intentionally walked. C. Boyer grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Cardinals ninth.
DAILEY PITCHING. White struck out. K. Boyer grounded to first. Musial grounded to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Dusters ninth.
Pearson doubled down the first base line. Roseboro was intentionally walked. Kolb (for Dailey) grounded to second, Pearson forced out at third (fielder's choice), Roseboro to second. Power grounded to first, Roseboro forced out at third (fielder's choice), Kolb to second. Fregosi popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Cardinals tenth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Altman walked. Oliver grounded to the pitcher, 1-4-3 double play. Flood singled to right. Groat flied out to left.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Dusters tenth.
Williams grounded to third. Maye struck out. Adair homered over the left field fence.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 4-3