St. Louis Cardinals @ Nevada Dusters
April 16-18, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
THE CARDINALS TRY TO CATCH UP
Game 1
April 16, 1963

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

WP: DeBusschere (1-0)
     LP: Gibson (1-2)
     SV: Reniff (9)

     Attendance: 25,529
     Time: 2:55

Nevada Dusters record: 13-3
St. Louis returned to Horizon Field hoping to narrow the Dusters' lead in the NL. Game 1 promised to be a duel between the aces, with Steve Barber taking on Bob Gibson. The Redbirds took an early lead thanks to George Altman's lead-off homer in the 2nd, and Gibson had the Nevada batters mystified until the 5th. Clete Boyer hit a one-out triple, and when Vic Power grounded out, the Cards gave catcher Doug Camilli an intentional walk to get to the pitcher's spot. But Naylor took a chance and pinch hit Donn Clendenon for Barber (5 ip, 3 h, 1 bb, 1 r, 1 er, 3 k). Clendenon drew a walk to juice the bases and Lee Maye singled in the tying run. In the 7th Boyer walked to lead off the inning and went to second on a sac bunt by Power; Camilli again got an intentional walk and Kolb, pinch hitting for reliever Dave DeBusschere, was hit by a pitch. Once again the bases were loaded, and once again Maye delivered with an RBI single up the middle. Bob Duliba and Hal Reniff pitched in the 8th and 9th respectively, allowing nary a hit, and Nevada eked out an important 2-1 win.
Game 2
April 17, 1963

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
   Cardinals (STL) 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0    7  8  0
     Dusters (NEV) 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0    3 10  3

  WP: Broglio (3-1)
     LP: Horlen (2-1)
     SV: Bauta (2)

     Attendance: 25,922
     Time: 3:21

Nevada Dusters record: 13-4
In Game 2, Lee Maye started things with a lead-off homer in the 1st. The Cards' catcher, Gene Oliver answered with his own dinger to tie the game in the 2nd. The Dusters recaptured the lead when Johnny Roseboro hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd, but Nevada starter Joe Horlen gave up three runs on three hits in the next frame, and St. Louis led, 4-2. The Dusters closed the gap with an RBI single by pinch hitter Gary Kolb in the 7th. Stan Musial's homer off reliever Bob Duliba started a three-run 8th for the Cards, giving the visiting team a 7-4 advantage. Nevada loaded the bases in the bottom of the 8th but Clete Boyer hit into a double play -- the third turned by the Redbirds in the game -- to end the inning, and dash any comeback hopes entertained by the 25,000 fans.
Game 3
April 18, 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  4  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 x    4  9  0

  WP: Downing (3-0)
     LP: Simmons (1-2)

     Attendance: 25,244
     Time: 2:38

Nevada Dusters record: 14-4
Al Downing pitched his best game of the season thus far in the final contest of the series, dominating the Cardinal lineup of Musial, Altman, Flood, White, and company, holding them to four hits in a 4-0 win for the Dusters. It was the first complete game of Downing's career. Every move Manager "Nails" Naylor was making seemed to pay off; in this game Bob Saverine played second base to rest Jerry Adair and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while George Banks, substituted in center field for Albie Pearson, was also 2-for-3 with a run scored. Al Downing himself got a hit and drew a walk in three at-bats. The Dusters had won their first six series and remained atop the NL standings.
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

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

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

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Camilli
2
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
.111
C
Roseboro
8
1
0
1
1
1
1
0
.140
1B/3B
Power
5
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
.256
1B/PH
Clendenon
7
3
2
2
0
1
1
1
.262
2B
Adair
5
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
.293
2B
Saverine
3
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
.333
3B
Boyer
6
2
2
2
0
0
1
0
.246
SS
Fregosi
13
1
1
0
0
1
5
0
.261
OF
Maye
12
3
2
1
1
4
3
0
.333
OF
Williams
13
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
.284
OF
Pearson
6
1
2
0
0
0
1
0
.246
OF/PH
Banks
4
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
.379
P
Barber
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.333
P
Horlen
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.125
P
Downing
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
.143
2B: Banks (1)
3B: Boyer (1)
HR: Roseboro (2), Maye (2)
         
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Barber
1
1
5.0
3
1
1
1
1
3
74
0.93
SP
Horlen
1
1
5.0
5
1
1
4
3
1
77
3.86
1 loss
SP
Downing
1
1
9.0
4
2
0
0
0
6
120
1.64
1 win
RP
Dailey
1
-
1.2
2
1
0
0
0
1
35
0.84
RP
DeBusschere
1
-
0,1
0
0
0
0
0
1
9
0.00
1 win
RP
Duliba
2
-
1.2
3
1
1
3
3
1
41
6.35
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.1
0
2
0
0
0
2
47
0.71
1 save
RP
Raymond
1
-
2.0
0
2
0
0
0
0
37
2.35

FEATURED GAME
 Game 1: April 16, 1963


St. Louis Cardinals
starting lineup
Julian Javier  2b
Bill White  1b
Ken Boyer  3b
Stan Musial  lf
George Altman  rf
Gene Oliver  c
Charlie James  cf
Dick Groat  ss
Bob Gibson  p



Bob Gibson
"Hoot"
Born 11.9.35 (Omaha, NE)
Debut 4.15.59
Bats Right
Throws Right
Creighton University
1959-1975
482 GS
251-174
255 CG
56 SHO
3884.1 IP
3117 SO
2.91 ERA
1.188
WHIP
All-Star 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972
1964 ML-WS MVP
1967 ML-WS MVP
1968 NL CYA
1968 NL MVP
1970 NL CYA

Cardinals first.
BARBER PITCHING. Javier grounded to first. White walked. K. Boyer grounded to third, White forced out at second (fielder's choice). Musial struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
GIBSON PITCHING. Maye struck out. Fregosi struck out. Williams popped up to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Cardinals second.
Altman homered over the center field wall. Oliver flied out to right. James popped up to third. Groat flied out to center.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

Dusters second.
Adair was hit by a pitch. Pearson walked, Adair to second. C. Boyer struck out. Power grounded to third, 5-4-3 double play.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cardinals third.
Gibson grounded to short. Javier flied out to right. White struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

Dusters third.
Camilli struck out. Barber struck out. Maye lined out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cardinals fourth.
K. Boyer struck out. Musial popped up to short. Altman grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

Dusters fourth.
Fregosi struck out. Williams lined out to left. Adair grounded to the pitcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 1 to 0.

Cardinals fifth.
Oliver grounded to short. James grounded to third. Groat singled in the left field gap. Gibson hit an infield single to third, Groat to second. Javier grounded to short.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. St. Louis leads 1 to 0.

Dusters fifth.
Pearson lined out to left. C. Boyer tripled over the left fielder. Power grounded to third. Camilli was intentionally walked. Clendenon (for Barber) walked, Camilli to second. Bases loaded. Maye walked, C. Boyer scored, Camilli to third, Clendenon to second. Bases loaded. Fregosi struck out.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Cardinals sixth.
DAILEY PITCHING. White singled to center. K. Boyer struck out. White stole second. Musial walked. Altman grounded to second, Musial forced out at third (fielder's choice). White to third. Oliver grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Dusters sixth.
Williams popped up to second. Adair grounded to first. Pearson struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Cardinals seventh.
James singled to center. Groat grounded to the pitcher, James to second. Gibson grounded to third, James to third. Javier was hit by a pitch. DeBUSSCHERE PITCHING. White struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Dusters seventh.
C. Boyer walked. Power laid down a sacrifice bunt to the catcher, C. Boyer to second. Camilli was intentionally walked. Kolb (for DeBusschere) was hit by a pitch, C. Boyer to third, Camilli to second. Bases loaded. Maye singled up the middle, C. Boyer scored, Camilli to third, Kolb to second. Bases loaded. Fregosi struck out. Williams lined out to first.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 1.

Cardinals eighth.
DULIBA PITCHING. K. Boyer grounded to second. Musial grounded to third. Altman struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. St. Louis trails 2 to 1.

Dusters eighth.
Adair grounded to second. Pearson popped up to second. C. Boyer reached second on a throwing error, shortstop. Power was intentionally walked. Camilli grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 1.

Cardinals ninth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Oliver flied out to left. James flied out to right. Groat was intentionally walked. Burke (for Gibson) grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 2-1