Houston Colt .45's @ Nevada Dusters
April 22-24, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
VEGAS LOVE AFFAIR
A poster for the Stardust
Vegas fell in love with its new sports heroes, and it didn't hurt that, as one sportswriter noted, the Dusters were "the best-looking ballclub in the majors." Some players, like the roisterous Clete Boyer and Jim Fregosi, took full advantage of the abundant nightlife, but all-in-all the team got through the inaugural season with only a whiff or two of scandal.
SHOOTOUT WITH THE COLT '45'S
Game 1
April 22, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0    4  7  0
     Dusters (NEV) 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 x    6 10  3

 WP: Dailey (1-0)
     LP: Brown (1-4)
     SV: Siebler (1)

     Attendance: 23,633
     Time: 3:30

Nevada Dusters record: 16-6
Nevada entered the series with a disadvantage.  Al Downing, scheduled to start Game 2, was out four weeks with a ruptured knee ligament. Once again Dwight Siebler was called upon to take up the slack. But it was Joe Horlen starting Game 1, in which both teams played small ball in the 1st for a run apiece. Horlen allowed two singles in the Houston 2nd, and then errors by Albie Pearson in center field and George Banks at third gave the Colt 45's a 3-1 lead. Horlen walked three consecutive batters in the 5th, and even though he pitched out of that trouble, Johnny Roseboro's leadoff single in the bottom of the 5th gave Ben Naylor an excuse to pinch hit Vic Power in the struggling starter's spot. The move paid off -- Power's walk and Lee Maye's single set the stage for Billy Williams' two-run single to tie the game. In the 6th, Maye's two-RBI triple and a run-producing single by Jim Fregosi gave the Dusters a 6-3 lead. Houston got a run off Claude Raymond in the 7th, but the Nevada bullpen held on to win the game.
Game 2
April 23, 1963

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    1  8  3
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 2 5 2 0 0 0 x    9 13  0

  WP: Siebler (1-0)
     LP: Nottebart (2-2)

     Attendance: 24,184
     Time: 2:26

Nevada Dusters record: 17-6
In Game 2 Dwight Siebler got the first win of his major league career as the Dusters trounced Houston 9-1. In seven innings Siebler allowed seven hits, but only one run and one walk. The Houston starter, Don Nottebart, lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits. The Colt 45's got their only run in the 1st and held the lead until the bottom of the 3rd when a couple of errors coupled with consecutive singles by Jerry Adair, Albie Pearson and Donn Clendenon made it 2-1 Nevada. In the 4th another error, a walk and a single by Clete Boyer set up an RBI-single by Jim Fregosi and a grand slam homer off the bat of Jerry Adair. It was the second grand slam for Nevada in April -- the first being Donn Clendenon's against the Mets on the 10th -- and the Dusters had a commanding 7-1 lead. Nevada added two more runs in the 5th. Reliever Dave DeBusschere got some work, allowing just two Houston hits in the final two innings. Fregosi was 3-for-5 with a run and three RBIs while Adair, also 3-for-5, scored twice and collected four RBIs.
Game 3
April 24, 1963

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
  Colt .45's (HOU) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1    2  6  2
     Dusters (NEV) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1    3  9  0

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

     Attendance: 24,616
     Time: 2:53

Nevada Dusters record: 18-6
Dave McNally -- "our hard-luck pitcher," as Ben Naylor called him -- started Game 3 and, as usual, pitched well (7.0 ip,  4 h,  3 bb,  1 r,  1 er,  3 k), but (again, as usual) didn't get the win. Houston starter Don Nottebart pitched well, too, holding the Dusters to two runs into the late innings and giving his team the opportunity to catch up, which they did courtesy of one-run small ball in the 8th, which knotted the score at 2-2. The Colt 45's sent Turk Farrell to the mound to shut Nevada down in the 9th, but Farrell uncharacteristically walked the first two batters he faced. Then Jerry Adair reached on a fielding error by left fielder Al Spangler, juicing the bases. All that was needed after that was a fly ball by Albie Pearson that allowed Jim Fregosi to tag up at third and score the winning run. Closer Hal Reniff got his second W of the campaign and the Dusters had their third sweep of the month.
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

Game 2
George Banks  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Albie Pearson  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Clete Boyer  3b
Dwight Siebler  p

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

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C
Roseboro
12
5
0
2
0
0
3
0
.194
1B
Clendenon
9
2
1
1
0
1
1
1
.226
1B/PH
Power
3
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
.250
2B
Adair
14
3
0
2
1
4
0
0
.265
3B/OF
Banks
8
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
.282
3B
Boyer
7
2
2
1
0
0
1
0
.156
SS
Fregosi
12
7
1
3
0
5
2
1
.303
OF
Maye
9
3
1
2
0
2
1
0
.308
OF
Williams
11
3
3
2
0
3
0
0
.286
OF
Pearson
11
2
2
0
0
3
0
0
.256
PH
Kolb
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
.435
PH
Camilli
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.091
P
Horlen
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.222
P
Siebler
3
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
.200
P
McNally
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
.250
2B: Horlen (1), Williams (3), Roseboro (3), Maye (3),
McNally (1)
3B: Maye (1)
HR: Adair (6_
1          
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Horlen
1
1
5.0
5
5
0
3
2
4
106
3.82
SP
McNally
1
1
7.0
4
3
0
1
1
3
103
2.70
SP
RP
Siebler
2
1
8.0
9
1
0
1
1
2
109
0.60
1 win
1 save
RP
Dailey
1
-
1.0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0.66
1 win
RP
Raymond
2
-
2.0
0
2
0
1
0
1
45
1.86
RP
Reniff
2
-
2.0
2
2
0
1
1
1
45
1.15
1 win
RP
DeBusschere
1
-
2.0
1
0
0
0
0
2
25
0.00

FEATURED GAME
 Game 1: April 22, 1963


Houston Colt 45's
starting lineup
Johnny Temple  2b
Al Spangler  lf
Pete Runnels  1b
Hal Smith  c
Bob Aspromonte  3b
Carl Warwick  cf
Carroll Hardy  rf
Bob Lillis  ss
Hal Brown  p



Al Spangler
"Spanky"
Born 7.8.33 (Philadelphia, PA)
Debut 9.16.59
Bats Left
Throws Left
6' 0"   175
Duke University
1959-1971
912 G
2267 AB
307 R
595 H
175 RBI
.262 BA
.347 OBP
.351 SLG

Colt 45s first.
HORLEN PITCHING. Temple was hit by a pitch. Spangler popped up to second. Runnels singled up the middle, Temple to second. Smith struck out. Aspromonte singled to left, Temple scored, Spangler to third. Warwick grounded to third.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Houston leads 1 to 0.

Dusters first.
BROWN PITCHING. Maye singled through the hole. Fregosi singled to center, Maye to third. Williams grounded to third, Maye scored, Fregosi to second. Adair flied out to right. Pearson grounded to short.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Colt 45s second.
Hardy singled to right. Lillis grounded to short, Hardy forced out at second (fielder's choice).  Brown singled to center, Lillis to second. Temple grounded to second, Lillis to third, Brown forced out at second (fielder's choice). Spangler reached second on a fielding error, center fielder, Lillis scored, Temple to third. Runnels reached first on a fielding error, third baseman, Temple scored, Spangler to third. Smith grounded to third.
2 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, and 2 left on base. Houston leads 3 to 1.

Dusters second.
Banks popped up to the catcher. Clendenon flied out to center. Roseboro popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 1.

Colt 45s third.
Aspromonte singled to right. Warwick struck out. Hardy grounded to short, Aspromonte forced out at second (fielder's choice). Lillis walked, Hardy to second. Brown lined out to center.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.  Houston leads 3 to 1.

Dusters third.
Horlen doubled down the left field line. Maye struck out. Fregosi grounded to short. Williams was intentionally walked. Adair grounded to second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 1.

Colt 45s fourth.
Temple popped up to first. Spangler struck out. Runnels walked. Smith grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston leads 3 to 1.

Dusters fourth.
Pearson walked. Pearson was caught stealing second. Banks popped up to second. Clendenon flied out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada trails 3 to 1.

Colt 45s fifth.
Aspromonte flied out to center. Warwick walked. Hardy walked, Warwick to second. Lillis walked, Warwick to third, Hardy to second. Bases loaded. Brown struck out. Temple grounded to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Houston leads 3 to 1.

Dusters fifth.
Roseboro singled through the right side. Power (for Horlen) singled in the left field gap, Roseboro to third. Maye walked, Power to second. Bases loaded. Fregosi struck out. Williams singled to right, Roseboro scored, Power scored, Maye to third. Adair grounded to short, Williams to second. Pearson walked. Banks grounded to third.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Colt 45s sixth.
DAILEY PITCHING. Spangler flied out to right. Runnels grounded to third. Smith grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 3.

Dusters sixth.
Clendenon walked. Roseboro struck out. Kolb (for Dailey) singled up the middle, Clendenon to second. Maye tripled in the right field gap, Clendenon scored, Kolb scored. WOODESHICK PITCHING. Fregosi singled through the hole, Maye scored. Williams grounded to second, Fregosi forced out at second (fielder's choice). Adair grounded to second.
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 6 to 3.

Colt 45s seventh.
RAYMOND PITCHING. BOYER IN AT THIRD. Aspromonte reached first on a fielding error, shortstop. Warwick walked, Aspromonte to second. Hardy walked, Aspromonte to third, Warwick to second. Bases loaded. Goss (for Lillis) lined out to left. Uecker (for Woodeshick) flied out to center. Aspromonte tagged up and scored. Temple struck out.
1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. Houston trails 6 to 4.

Dusters seventh.
GOLDEN PITCHING. HARTMAN IN AT SHORT. Pearson popped up to short. Boyer singled to right. Clendenon grounded to first, 3-6-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 6 to 4.

Colt 45s eighth.
RENIFF PITCHING. Spangler lined out to right. Runnels struck out. Smith walked. Aspromonte grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston trails 6 to 4.

Dusters eighth.
Roseboro flied out to center. Camilli (for Reniff) lined out to left. Maye grounded to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 6 to 4.

Colt 45s ninth.
SIEBLER PITCHING. Warwick singled to left. Warwick was caught stealing second. Hardy grounded to third. Hartman hit an infield single to third. Weekly (for Golden) flied out to left.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 6-4