NEVADA DUSTERS
April 1963 Recap

The Story of a
Major League
Baseball Franchise

Steve Barber, Johnny Roseboro, Albie Pearson, Donn Clendenon
The month in review. As April drew to a close the Nevada Dusters were the talk of baseball world. A team without marquee players had won 21 of 27 games, earning first place in the National League. When asked the secrets of the team's success, GM Conn Hudson didn't hesitate. "It's no secret," he said. "It starts with great pitching. We have a good starting rotation and a good bullpen." The Dusters had held their April opponents to 78 runs -- while scoring 138. The Nevada team ERA was 2.64, the lowest in the majors. In Ben Naylor's view, the Dusters actually had six first-rate starters -- Barber, Horlen, McNally, Downing, Richert and Siebler. "That's a luxury most clubs don't enjoy," said Nails. Those six pitchers had a combined won-lost record of 13-and-5. The bullpen of DeBusschere, Dailey, Duliba, Raymond and Reniff had a combined won-lost record of 8-and-1, and Reniff had 12 saves to his credit. Reniff's ERA was 1.08 (16.2 innings), Raymond's was 1.69 (10.2 innings), and Dailey's was 1.06 (17 innings). The other key element, according to Hudson, was great hitting, particularly by the five players who usually occupied the top half of the lineup -- Lee Maye (.300, 2, 15), Jim Fregosi (.327, 1, 11), Billy Williams (.306, 4, 18), Jerry Adair (.293, 7, 25) and Albie Pearson (.292, 7, 16). The Dusters had a potent bench thanks to George Banks (.286, 2, 8), who could play both outfield and third base, and Vic Power (.259, 2, 8), who could play any infield position. The Dusters had hit 32 home runs and stolen 19 bases in April. It was an outstanding beginning, and one that exceeded everyone's expectations. Both Hudson and Naylor warned against overconfidence. "It's a long campaign," said Hudson, "and it won't be a bed of roses." But no one could deny that the Nevada Dusters had started off on the right foot.
April NL Leaderboards
BATTING AVERAGE
Bill White (STL) .386
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) .333
Willie Mays (SFG) .333
Jim Fregosi (NEV) .327
Don Demeter (PHI) .326
Andre Rodgers (CHC) .320
George Altman (STL) .320
Maury Wills (LAD) .317
Lou Brock (CHC) . 315
Del Crandall (LAD) .315
HITS
Bill White (STL) 44
Maury Wills (LAD) 39
Willie Davis (LAD) 37
Ken Boyer (STL) 36
Lou Brock (CHC) 34
Don Blasingame (CIN) 34
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 34
Jim Fregosi (NEV) 33
Andre Rodgers (CHC) 32
Tommy Davis (LAD) 32
DOUBLES
Willie Mays (SFG) 9
Andre Rodgers (CHC) 8
Ernie Banks (CHC) 7
Don Blasingame (CIN) 7
Tony Taylor (PHI) 7
George Altman (STL) 7
Hank Aaron (CHC) 6
Johnny Edwards (CIN) 6
Vada Pinson (CIN) 6
Don Demeter (PHI) 6
TRIPLES
Willie Davis (LAD) 5
Charlie Neal (NYM) 4
Roberto Clemente (PIT) 4
Bob Will (CHC) 3
Johnny Edwards (CIN) 3
Jim Fregosi (NEV) 3
Frank Thomas (NYM) 3
Duke Snider (NYM) 3
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 3
Willie McCovey (SFG) 3
HOME RUNS
Frank Howard (LAD) 9
Ernie Banks (CHC) 8
Jerry Adair (NEV) 7
Albie Pearson (NEV) 7
Stan Musial (STL) 7
Hank Aaron (CHC) 6
Jerry Lynch (CIN) 6
Frank Robinson (CIN) 6
Tommy Davis (LAD) 6
Duke Snider (NYM) 6
TOTAL BASES
Bill White (STL) 65
Ernie Banks (CHC) 62
Willie Davis (LAD) 62
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 61
George Altman (STL) 59
Frank Howard (LAD) 57
Duke Snider (NYM) 57
Ken Boyer (STL) 56
Jerry Adair (NEV) 55
Hank Aaron (CHC) 53
WALKS
Jim Gilliam (LAD) 23
Stan Musial (STL) 23
Frank Robinson (CIN) 20
George Altman (STL) 20
Pete Runnels (HOU) 18
Gil Hodges (NYM) 18
Hank Aaron (CHC) 17
Willie Mays (SFG) 17
Carl Warwick (HOU) 16
Albie Pearson (NEV) 16
STEALS
Maury Wills (LAD) 10
Lee Maye (NEV) 5
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 5
Julian Javier (STL) 5
Curt Flood (STL) 5
Vada Pinson (CIN) 4
Jim Gilliam (LAD) 4
Jim Fregosi (NEV) 4
Bill White (STL) 4
Lou Brock (CHC) 3
RUNS
Hank Aaron (CHC) 25
Vada Pinson (CIN) 23
Frank Robinson (CIN) 23
Jim Fregosi (NEV) 22
Bill White (STL) 22
Caryl Spencer (LAD) 20
Frank Howard (LAD) 20
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 20
Julian Javier (STL) 20
Bill White (STL) 20
RUNS BATTED IN
Ernie Banks (CHC) 27
Jerry Adair (NEV) 25
Ken Boyer (STL) 24
Tommy Davis (LAD) 22
Willie Davis (LAD) 22
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 21
Ron Santo (CHC) 20
George Altman (STL) 19
Del Crandall (LAD) 18
Billy Williams (NEV) 18
ON BASE PERCENTAGE
Bill White (STL) .449
Willie Mays (SFG) .448
George Altman (STL) .434
Stan Musial (STL) .412
Hank Aaron (CHC) .410
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) .409
Del Crandall (LAD) .406
Albie Pearson (NEV) .402
Curt Flood (STL) .398
Ernie Banks (CHC) .395
SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
Ernie Banks (CHC) .620
Jerry Adair (NEV) .598
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) .598
George Altman (STL) .590
Duke Snider (NYM) .582
Bill White (STL) .570
Albie Pearson (NEV) .562
Frank Howard (LAD) .559
Stan Musial (STL) .559
Willie Mays (SFG) .551
PRODUCTION
George Altman (STL) 1.024
Bill White (STL) 1.019
Ernie Banks(CHC) 1.015
Tony Gonzalez (PHI) 1.007
Willie Mays (SFG) .999
Stan Musial (SFG) .971
Albie Pearson (NEV) .964
Duke Snider (NYM) .957
Hank Aaron (CHC) .956
Jerry Adair (NEV) .938
APPEARANCES
Hal Reniff (NEV)  18
Don Elston (CHC)  15
Lindy McDaniel (CHC)  15
Bill Henry (CIN)  15
Ed Roebuck (LAD)  15
Jack Baldschun (PHI)  15
Tom Sturdivant (PIT)  15
Jim Brosnan (CIN)  14
Hal Woodeshick (HOU)  14
Larry Sherry (LAD)  14
WINS
Joey Jay (CIN)  4
Steve Barber (NEV)  4
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  3
Larry Jackson (CHC)  3
Bob Buhl (CHC)  3
Jim O'Toole (CIN)  3
Bob Purkey (CIN)  3
Bob Miller (LAD)  3
Ed Roebuck (LAD)  3
Al Downing (NEV)  3
WINNING PERCENTAGE
Glen Hobbie (CHC)  1.000
Joey Jay (CIN)  1.000
Nick Willhite (LAD)  1.000
Harvey Haddix (PIT)  1.000
Steve Barber (NEV)  .800
Larry Jackson (CHC)  .750
Bob Buhl (CHC)  .750
Ernie Broglio (STL)  .750
Paul Toth (CHC)  .667
Ken Johnson (HOU)  .667
SAVES
Hal Reniff (NEV)  11
Don Elston (CHC)  9
Ryne Duren (PHI)  6
Luis Torrens (SFG)  5
Ron Perranoski (LAD)  4
Roy Face (PIT)  4
Bobby Bolin (SFG)  4
Ed Bauta (STL)  4
Don McMahon (HOU)  2
Dick Calmus (LAD)  2
STRIKEOUTS
Bob Gibson (STL)  40
Don Drysdale (LAD)  38
Sandy Koufax (LAD)  38
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  37
Bob Bruce (HOU)  37
Jim O'Toole (CIN)  35
Ernie Broglio (STL)  35
Jim Maloney (CIN)  34
Juan Marichal (SFG)  33
Al Jackson (NYM)  30
COMPLETE GAMES
Jim O'Toole (CIN)  3
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  2
Larry Jackson (CHC)  2
Hal Brown (HOU)  2
Don Drysdale (LAD)  2
Juan Marichal (SFG)  2
Jack Sanford (SFG)  2
Curt Simmons (STL)  2
Paul Toth (CHC)  1
Jim Maloney (CIN)  1
SHUTOUTS
Curt Simmons (STL)  2
Paul Toth (CHC)  1
Joey Jay (CIN)  1
Ken Johnson (HOU)  1
Bob Bruce (HOU)  1
Don Drysdale (LAD)  1
Steve Barber (NEV)  1
Al Downing (NEV)  1
Art Mahaffey (PHI)  1
Vern Law (PIT)  1
INNINGS PITCHED
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  44.0
Steve Barber (NEV)  44.0
Hal Brown (HOU)  43.0
Art Mahaffey (PHI)  41.2
Don Drysdale (LAD)  40.2
Juan Marichal (SFG)  40.2
Jim O'Toole (CIN)  40.1
Carl Willey (NYM)  40.0
Curt Simmons (STL)  39.1
Larry Jackson (CHC)  39.0
ERA
Don Cardwell (PIT)  1.04
Bob Bruce (HOU)  1.50
Carl Willey (NYM)  1.58
Juan Marichal (SFG)  1.77
Steve Barber (NEV)  1.84
Jack Sanford (SFG)  2.02
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  2.05
Paul Toth (CHC)  2.20
Billy Pierce (SFG)  2.30
Jim O'Toole (CIN)  2.45
OPPONENTS' AVERAGE
Paul Toth (CHC)  .175
Carl Willey (NYM)  .183
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  .196
Curt Simmons (STL)  .196
Billy Pierce (SFG)  .197
Juan Marichal (SFG)  .201
Harvey Haddix (PIT)  .208
Art Mahaffey (PHI)  .212
Don Cardwell  (PIT)  .214
Steve Barber (NEV)  .216
RUNNERS / 9 IP
Carl Willey (NYM)  8.33
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  8.39
Paul Toth (CHC)  8.48
Juan Marichal (SFG)  8.85
Harvey Haddix (PIT)  9.31
Jim O'Toole (CIN)  9.82
Bob Purkey (CIN)  10.01
Billy Pierce (SFG)  10.34
Art Mahaffey (PHI)  10.37
Steve Barber (NEV)  10.64
QUALITY STARTS
Bob Bruce (HOU)  5
Hal Brown (HOU)  5
Steve Barber (NEV)  5
Carl Willey (NYM)  5
Art Mahaffey (PHI)  5
Don Cardwell (PIT)  5
Dick Ellsworth (CHC)  4
Jim Maloney (CIN)  4
Bob Purkey (CIN)  4
Joey Jay (CIN)  4

Home
Away

April 1-3
Game 1: Dusters 5, Dodgers 2
Game 2: Dusters 3, Dodgers 1
Game 3: Dusters 7, Dodgers 4
Nevada wins series, 3-0
3-0
April 4-6
Game 1: Cardinals 3, Dusters 2
Game 2: Dusters 4, Cardinals 3
Game 3: Dusters 4, Cardinals 0
Nevada wins series, 2-1
5-1
April 7-9
Game 1: Dodgers 5, Dusters 4
Game 2: Dusters 1, Dodgers 0
Game 3: Dusters 11, Dodgers 3
Nevada wins series, 2-1
7-2
April 10-12
Game 1: Dusters 13, Mets 2
Game 2: Dusters 3, Mets 1
Game 3: Dusters 8, Mets 4
Nevada wins series, 3-0
10-2
April 13-15
Game 1: Dusters 4, Reds 2
Game 2: Reds 3, Dusters 0
Game 3: Dusters 9, Reds 6
Nevada wins series, 2-1
12-3
April 16-18
Game 1: Dusters 2, Cardinals 1
Game 2: Cardinals 7, Dusters 3
Game 3: Dusters 4, Cardinals 0
Nevada wins series, 2-1
14-4
April 19-21
Game 1: Reds 2, Dusters 1
Game 2: Dusters 7, Reds 4
Game 3: Reds 3, Dusters 2
Nevada loses series, 1-2
15-6
April 22-24
Game 1: Dusters 6, Colt 45's 4
Game 2: Dusters 9, Colt 45's 1
Game 3: Dusters 3, Colt 45's 2
Nevada wins series, 3-0
18-6
April 27-29
Game 1: Dusters 8, Cardinals 6
Game 2: Dusters 8, Cardinals 7
Game 3: Dusters 7, Cardinals 2
Nevada wins series, 3-0
21-6






National League Standings
May 1, 1963
W
L
PCT.
GB
Last 10
BA
ERA
Nevada
21
6
.778
--
Won 6
.266
2.57
Chicago
18
8
.692
2.5
Lost 1
.277
3.32
Los Angeles
16
11
.593
5.0
Won 1
.274
3.74
San Francisco
13
10
.565
6.0
Won 5
.263
2.89
St. Louis
14
13
.519
7.0
Lost 4
.275
4.87
Philadelphia
13
13
.500
7.5
Won 6
.251
4.34
Pittsburgh
11
13
.458
8.5
Lost 1
.236
3.24
Cincinnati
13
16
.448
9.0
Won 1
.256
4.09
Houston
9
20
.310
13.0
Lost 10
.236
3.55
New York
4
22
.154
16.5
Lost 5
.210
7.24

American League Standings
May 1, 1963
W
L
PCT.
GB
Last 10
BA
ERA
Minnesota
16
7
.696
--
Won 5
.255
4.12
Baltimore
16
10
.615
1.5
Lost 2
.251
3.44
Detroit
16
10
.615
1.5
Won 5
.266
3.35
Boston
13
11
.542
3.5
Lost 3
.262
4.67
New York
14
12
.538
3.5
Won 1
.273
4.33
Cleveland
13
13
.500
4.5
Lost 4
.242
3.39
Chicago
12
14
.462
5.5
Won 3
.238
3.44
Kansas City
12
14
.462
5.5
Won 2
.249
4.27
Washington
8
16
.333
8.5
Lost 1
.214
3.75
Los Angeles
5
18
.217
11.0
Lost 2
.199
5.07





Dusters Batting
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
R
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
Jerry Adair (2B)
25
92
27
5
1
7
6
10
1
13
25
.293
.340
.598
George Banks (OF)
14
42
12
1
0
2
5
9
0
8
8
.286
.375
.452
Clete Boyer (3B)
24
69
10
1
1
1
9
14
0
4
5
.145
.244
.232
Doug Camilli (C)
5
11
1
0
0
0
3
4
0
1
0
.091
.286
.091
Donn Clendenon (1B)
25
69
17
0
0
1
6
16
3
8
9
.246
.325
.290
Jim Fregosi (SS)
25
101
33
3
3
1
10
25
4
22
11
.327
.393
.446
Julio Gotay (IF)
6
14
4
1
0
0
0
4
0
3
0
.286
.286
.357
Gary Kolb (OF)
13
24
11
1
1
1
0
5
0
4
8
.458
.462
.708
Lee Maye (RF)
24
90
27
3
1
2
13
22
5
15
15
.300
.385
.422
Albie Pearson (CF)
26
89
26
1
1
7
16
14
2
19
16
.292
.402
.562
Vic Power (1B)
26
54
14
2
1
2
6
0
0
7
8
.259
.328
.444
Johnny Roseboro (C)
25
79
15
3
0
4
8
19
2
11
10
.190
.270
.380
Bob Saverine (IF)
5
13
4
0
0
0
2
3
0
1
1
.308
.400
.308
Billy Williams (LF)
27
98
30
4
2
4
12
8
2
17
18
.306
.389
.510
TOTALS
-
845
231
25
11
32
96
153
19
133
119
.269
-
-





Dusters Pitching
G
GS
W
L
ERA
IP
R
ER
H
HR
BB
K
OBA
CG
SO
Starters
Steve Barber
6
6
4
1
1.84
44.0
9
9
35
3
17
24
.216
1
1
Al Downing
3
3
3
0
1.64
22.0
4
4
10
1
4
15
.137
1
1
Joe Horlen
6
6
2
1
4.58
35.1
20
18
36
4
15
24
.252
0
0
Dave McNally
5
5
1
3
2.70
30.0
10
9
31
1
14
20
.265
0
0
Pete Richert
4
4
2
0
3.51
25.2
12
10
19
4
7
23
.194
0
0
Dwight Siebler
4
3
1
0
1.35
20.0
3
3
14
1
6
12
.194
0
0
Bullpen                                                                          SV
BS
Bill Dailey
11
0
2
0
1.06
17.0
2
2
13
0
6
9
.206
0
0
Dave DeBusschere
4
0
1
0
5.06
5.1
3
3
5
1
1
7
.238
0
0
Bob Duliba
13
0
2
1
4.96
16.1
9
9
18
7
7
15
.273
0
0
Claude Raymond
9
0
1
0
1.69
10.2
3
2
8
1
5
5
.186
0
0
Hal Reniff
18
0
2
0
1.08
16.2
2
2
7
0
12
10
.125
11
1
Jack Spring
2
0
0
0
4.50
2.0
1
1
2
1
1
2
.250
0
0





AAA (Bakersfield) Batting
G
AB
H
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
R
RBI
BA
OBP
SLG
Bob Bailey (3B)
28
109
26
4
3
4
11
19
1
15
19
.266
.336
.468
Rico Carty (OF)
25
93
28
5
0
3
13
15
1
14
14
.301
.384
.452
Willie Horton (LF)
21
75
26
6
1
0
10
10
3
10
11
.347
.425
.453
Sonny Jackson (SS)
24
88
24
5
2
1
9
22
2
8
10
.273
.343
.409
J.C. Martin (C)
22
45
13
1
0
2
4
2
0
7
3
.289
.340
.444
Denis Menke (2B)
25
92
24
1
1
1
10
21
2
11
7
.261
.333
.326
Bob Perry (RF)
23
78
23
7
0
0
7
11
3
13
6
.295
.360
.385

AAA (Bakersfield) Pitching
G
GS
W
L
ERA
IP
R
ER
H
HR
BB
K
OBA
CG
SO
Wally Bunker
5
5
2
0
4.50
30.0
16
15
29
1
13
29
.244
0
0
Bill Faul
6
5
0
4
7.09
26.2
26
21
41
5
12
23
.339
0
0
Mickey Lolich
5
5
0
1
5.55
24.1
18
15
30
3
9
9
.291
0
0
Denny McLain
2
2
1
0
4.26
12.2
7
6
10
1
4
6
.208
0
0






NL Financial Report
Average
Attendance
Revenue
(YTD)
Team
Payroll
Profit
(YTD)
Cash
Chicago
27,195
$150,000
$698,000
-$18,000
$213,000
Cincinnati
25,168
$85,000
$926,000
-$129,000
$50,000
Houston
27,357
$134,000
$548,000
-$9,000
$174,000
Los Angeles
n/a
$107,000
$1,031,000
-$136,000
$165,000
Nevada
24,113
$167,000
$412,000
$51,000
$277,000
New York
28,051
$215,000
$279,000
$108,000
$435,000
Philadelphia
24,776
$142,000
$757,000
-$32,000
$177,000
Pittsburgh
19,465
$99,000
$782,000
-$53,000
$108,000
San Francisco
47,036
$357,000
$1,163,000
$121,000
$537,000
St. Louis
38,361
$152,000
$806,000
-$37,000
$190,000






April Hot Stats
[Combined home runs, stolen bases, and starters' win-loss record]
HR
SB
W-L
Baltimore Orioles
24
15
13-7
Boston Red Sox
25
8
8-6
Chicago Cubs
26
10
13-5
Chicago White Sox
12
15
9-10
Cincinnati Reds
37
6
11-9
Cleveland Indians
29
10
10-7
Detroit Tigers
32
6
14-8
Houston Colt 45's
7
16
8-12
Kansas City Athletics
21
21
9-12
Los Angeles Dodgers
36
19
10-6
Los Angeles Angels
19
4
2-14
Minnesota Twins
42
7
11-5
Nevada Dusters
32
17
13-5
New York Mets
17
1
1-14
New York Yankees
26
6
12-6
Philadelphia Phillies
25
10
10-11
Pittsburgh Pirates
7
5
6-8
San Francisco Giants
16
6
9-10
St. Louis Cardinals
32
21
9-9
Washington Senators
10
6
4-10