New York Mets @ Nevada Dusters
July 24-26, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
CASEY AND THE METS
Game 1
July 24, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
        Mets (NYM) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3    3  7  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 x    7 10  0

   WP: Barber (15-2)
     LP: Craig (3-5)

     Attendance: 26,242
     Time: 3:39

Nevada Dusters record: 69-28
Casey Stengel brought his Amazin' Mets (31-62) to Las Vegas to try their luck against the Dusters -- and had no luck at all in Game 1 with Nevada ace Steve Barber on the mound. Barber won his fifteenth game of the season, striking out ten along the way. He overpowered the New York lineup until the 9th inning, when, with two outs, he walked Joe Christopher and Charlie Neal, setting the table for Jim Hickman's three-run homer. The Dusters had the game well in hand early on, thanks to J.C. Martin, who started behind the plate for Johnny Roseboro. Martin hit his own three-run homer in the 2nd and collected his fourth RBI in the 4th, going 3-for-3 on the day with a walk. Cleanup hitter Jerry Adair went 2-for-4 with a single and an RBI double, engendering hope in the Dusters faithful that his slump was coming to an end. And Billy Williams was 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs, while Clete Boyer hit his twelfth home run of the year. Hickman (3-for-5) was the only Mets hitter able to handle Barber's stuff, while New York starter Roger Craig was erratic, hitting two Nevada batters, walking three, and striking out just a pair.
Game 2
July 25, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
        Mets (NYM) 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 0 0   10 12  3
     Dusters (NEV) 0 5 1 2 2 0 2 0 x   12 17  1

  WP: Brewer (2-1)
     LP: Bearnarth (4-7)
     SV: Reniff (35)

     Attendance: 26,773
     Time: 3:50

Nevada Dusters record: 70-28
Even without Albie Pearson (.317) and Donn Clendenon (.314) at the top of the lineup, the Dusters were on their way to a blowout in Game 2, leading 10-1 after six innings. Starter Joe Horlen had a rocky 2nd, hitting a batter and walking in a run before settling down and dispatching opposing batters in routine fashion. In the bottom of the 2nd Horlen came up to bat with two outs and the bases loaded and singled in a run, before Gary Kolb, starting in center field in place of Pearson tripled down the left field line for two more RBIs. Another run scored when Vic Power reached on a fielding error by Mets catcher Sammy Taylor. Nevada scored one run in the 3rd, two in the 4th, and two more in the 5th when Billy Williams homered to left. But with two outs in the Mets 7th, Charlie Neal reached on an error by rightfielder Lee Maye and Horlen allowed four singles (and two runs) in a row before Ben Naylor replaced him with Dwight Siebler. With bases loaded Siebler walked the next two batters he faced, and suddenly it was 10-5. Pumpsie Green singled in a run  before Duke Snider hit a grand slam -- and the game was tied at 10. In the bottom of the 7th Williams hit another two-run dinger and Nevada regained the lead. Naylor called on Jim Brewer in the 8th and Hal Reniff in the 9th, and the Dusters managed to hang on for the win. Williams was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and Maye went 4-for-5 as well. In the lead-off spot, Kolb was 2-for-4 with three runs and a pair of ribbies. Horlen allowed six runs, but only one was earned, Brewer collected the win, and Reniff notched his 35th save.
Game 3
July 26, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
        Mets (NYM) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0    4 11  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 x    7 12  1


     WP: Downing (7-3)
     LP: Cisco (4-11)
     SV: Reniff (36)

     Attendance: 26,968
     Time: 3:01

Nevada Dusters record: 71-28

Like Horlen the day before, Al Downing had a rough 2nd inning, with the Mets getting three singles and a double off him and, aided by an error committed by George Banks at third, taking an early 3-0 lead. Again like Horlen, Downing settled down and pitched well for five more innings, giving the Dusters the opportunity to play catch-up. In the bottom of the 2nd Downing helped his own cause by hitting a double that scored Bob Saverine. In the 4th, catcher Johnny Roseboro hit a solo homer to make it 3-2 New York. In the 5th Donn Clendenon and Billy Williams hit back-to-back singles, Clendenon scored when Lee Maye reached on a fielding error, and Jim Fregosi's double drove in Williams and May. Roseboro collected an RBI single and Nevada was up 6-3. In the Mets 8th Claude Raymond, returning from the DL, was greeted with a towering homer off the bat of Jim Hickman but escaped without further damage. The Dusters added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th and Hal Reniff closed out the Mets in the 9th. Williams continued on a hot streak, going 3-for-5 and improving his average to a team-leading .319. Downing (7 ip, 7 h, 1 bb, 3 r, 3 er, 11 k) got his seventh win of the campaign. Nevada had won all six of the home stand games, increasing their lead to 9.5 games over second-place Cincinnati, and their 71-28 record matched that of the AL-leading Minnesota Twins.
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
J.C. Martin  c
Steve Barber  p

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

Game 3
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Billy Williams  lf
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
George Banks  3b
Bob Saverine  2b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Al Downing  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
8
2
1
1
1
2
2
0
.205
C/1B
Martin
4
3
1
1
1
4
0
0
.270
1B
Clendenon
8
1
1
1
0
0
2
0
.314
1B
Power
5
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
.285
2B/PH
Adair
9
5
0
2
0
2
1
0
.294
2B
Saverine
4
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
.229
3B
Boyer
9
1
2
1
1
2
2
0
.221
3B
Banks
1
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
.318
SS
Fregosi
11
4
2
3
0
5
2
0
.299
OF
Pearson
9
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
.313
OF
Williams
13
9
2
5
2
4
0
0
.319
OF
Maye
14
6
0
5
0
1
3
0
.275
OF
Kolb
4
2
1
3
0
2
2
0
.330
P
Barber
4
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
.194
P
Horlen
4
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
.122
P
Brewer
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.000
P
Downing
3
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
.161
2B: Adair (18), Fregosi 2 (17), Maye (12), Downing (1)
3B: Kolb (4), Williams (12)
HR: Martin (5), Boyer (12), Williams 2 (11), Roseboro (10)
            
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Barber
1
1
8.2
6
6
1
3
3
10
151
2.83
1 win
SP
Horlen
1
1
6.2
8
3
0
6
1
4
121
4.12
SP
Downing
1
1
7.0
7
1
0
3
3
11
109
2.75
RP
Reniff
3
-
2.1
3
3
1
1
1
1
52
2.21
RP
Siebler
1
-
0.0
3
3
1
4
0
0
29
2.51
RP
Brewer
1
-
1.1
1
0
0
0
0
1
22
2.92
RP
Raymond
1
-
1.0
2
0
1
1
1
0
15
1.78

FEATURED GAME
Game 2: July 25, 1963



New York Mets
starting lineup
Duke Snider  rf
Charlie Neal  2b
Jim Hickman  cf
Marv Throneberry  1b
Joe Gaines  lf
Sammy Taylor  c
Cliff Cook  3b
Al Moran  ss
Jay Hook  p


Jim Hickman
"Gentleman Jim"
Born 5.10.37 (Henning, TN)
Debut 4.14.62
Bats Right
Throws Right
6' 4"   105
1962-1974
1421 G
3974 AB
518 R
1002 H
159 HR
560 RBI
.252 BA
.426 SLG
All-Star 1970





Mets first.
HORLEN PITCHING. Snider grounded to first. Neal singled up the middle. Neal stole second. Hickman struck out. Throneberry struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
HOOK PITCHING. Kolb struck out. Power lined out to center. Williams flied out to right.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Mets second.
Gaines singled through the right side. Taylor grounded to second, Gaines to second. Cook was intentionally walked. Moran was hit by a pitch, Gaines to third, Cook to second. Bases loaded. Hook grounded to second, Gaines forced at home (fielder's choice), Cook to third, Moran to second. Bases loaded. Snider walked, Cook scored, Moran to third, Hook to second. Bases loaded. Neal grounded to third.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. New York leads 1 to 0.

Dusters second.
Adair singled to center. Maye singled through the hole, Adair to second. Fregosi singled down the third base line, Adair scored, Maye to third. Boyer struck out. Roseboro struck out. Horlen singled up the middle, Maye scored, Fregosi to second. Kolb tripled down the left field line, Fregosi scored, Horlen scored. Power reached first on a fielding error, catcher, Kolb scored. Williams singled through the hole, Power to second. Adair popped up to third.
5 runs, 6 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 1.

Mets third.
Hickman singled to left. Throneberry lined out to center. Gaines grounded to second. Taylor singled to right, Hickman to third. Cook struck out.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. New York trails 5 to 1.

Dusters third.
Maye doubled down the third base line. Fregosi grounded to third, Maye to third. Boyer grounded to the pitcher, Maye scored. Roseboro walked. Horlen flied out to left.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 6 to 1.

Mets fourth.
Moran flied out to left. Hodges (for Hook) flied out to center. Snider struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. New York trails 6 to 1.

Dusters fourth.
DILLON PITCHING. Kolb walked. Power singled to left, Kolb to second. Williams singled through the hole, Kolb to third, Power to second. Bases loaded. Adair flied out to center. Kolb tagged up and scored. Maye singled to left, Power to third, Williams to second. Bases loaded. Fregosi flied out to left. Power tagged up and scored. Boyer reached first on a fielding error, third baseman, Williams to third, Maye to second. Bases loaded. Roseboro grounded to short.
2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, and 3 left on base. Nevada leads 8 to 1.

Mets fifth.
Neal grounded to third. Hickman flied out to right. Throneberry walked. Gaines grounded to short, Throneberry forced at second (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. New York trails 8 to 1.

Dusters fifth.
Horlen singled to center. Kolb singled to left, Horlen to second. Power grounded to second, 4-3-5 double play, Kolb to second. ROWE PITCHING. Williams homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. Adair singled to center. Maye reached first on a fielding error, shortstop, Adair to second. Fregosi walked, Adair to third, Maye to second. Bases loaded. Boyer struck out.
2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, and 3 left on base. Nevada leads 10 to 1.

Mets sixth.
Taylor grounded to third. Cook grounded to second. Moran popped up to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. New York trails 10 to 1.

Dusters sixth.
Roseboro struck out. Horlen popped up to third. Kolb struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 10 to 1.

Mets seventh.
Green (for Rowe) grounded to second. Snider grounded to second. Neal reached second on a fielding error, right fielder. Hickman singled to center, Neal to third. Gaines singled through the hole, Hickman to second. Bases loaded. Throneberry singled up the middle, Neal scored, Hickman to third, Gaines to second. Bases loaded. SIEBLER PITCHING. Cook walked, Hickman scored, Gaines to third, Throneberry to second. Bases loaded. Thomas (for Moran) walked, Gaines scored, Throneberry to third, Cook to second. Bases loaded. Green singled through the hole, Throneberry scored, Cook to third, Thomas to second. Bases loaded. Snider homered over the left field fence for a grand slam. Neal singled to right. Hickman walked, Neal to second. BREWER PITCHING. Throneberry grounded to second.
9 runs, 7 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 10.

Dusters seventh.
BEARNARTH PITCHING. KANEHL IN AT SHORT. Power singled to center. Williams homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. Adair struck out. Maye singled to right. Fregosi flied out to right. Boyer flied out to left.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 12 to 10.

Mets eighth.
MARTIN IN AT FIRST. PEARSON IN CENTER. Gaines popped up to the catcher. Taylor singled up the middle. Cook popped up to second. Kanehl struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. New York trails 12 to 10.

Dusters eighth.
Rosebor grounded to third. Brewer popped up to the catcher. Pearson lined out to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 12 to 10.

Mets ninth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Perry (for Bearnarth) popped up to first. Snider walked. Neal struck out. Hickman walked, Snider to second. Throneberry grounded to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 12-10