Nevada Dusters @ New York Mets
May 7-9, 1963
Polo Grounds
New York, NY
CALLING ON THE AMAZIN' METS
Game 1
May 7, 1963


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

 WP: Barber (6-1)
     LP: Cisco (1-6)

     Attendance: 32,762
     Time: 3:07

Nevada Dusters record: 27-7
Just about everyone expected the Dusters to roll right over Casey Stengel's 6-and-27 Mets. But Conn Hudson was uneasy. Nevada had won eleven of the last twelve and enjoyed a four-and-a-half game lead in the AL. As far as Hudson was concerned, things were almost too good to be true, and the baseball gods were probably planning to bring the law of averages into play -- with a vengeance. But Nevada won the first tilt in decisive fashion, 5-1, thanks to a big 7th inning. Nevada was up 2-1 going into the 7th when Mets starter Galen Cisco walked Billy Williams and gave up a single to Jerry Adair and another one to Albie Pearson that sent Williams home and Cisco to the clubhouse. Then Donn Clendenon singled off reliever Larry Bearnarth, and Clete Boyer scored Adair with a shot into left. Pearson scored on Johnny Roseboro's one-out grounder to short, and the score was 5-1. Bill Dailey worked the 7th and 8th and Hal Reniff the 9th and, as was usually the case, this meant the other team wouldn't score. In fact, the Mets didn't even get a hit in the late innings. Nevada starter Steve Barber worked six innings, allowing one run on four hits and improving his win-loss record to 6-and-1.
Game 2
May 8, 1963

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

 WP: Dailey (5-0)
     LP: Stallard (2-5)
     SV: Reniff (16)

     Attendance: 32,292
     Time: 2:54

Nevada Dusters record: 28-7
Game 2 evolved into a pitching duel between Nevada's Joe Horlen (6 ip, 5 h, 3 bb, 1 r, 1 er, 2 k) and Carl Willey (5 ip, 2 h, 1 bb, 0 r, 0 er, 6 k), with the score tied at 0 through five innings. Lee Maye opened the Dusters 6th with a single and Julio Gotay singled to left. Billy Williams hit into a twin killing but moved Maye to third, and Jerry Adair batted him in with another single and it was 1-0 Nevada. Unfortunately, Horlen walked Jim Hickman and gave up a single to Charlie Neal and the Mets had two men on with nobody out in the bottom of the 6th. A Gil Hodges grounder to third scored Hickman. Against Tracy Stallard in the 8th, Gotay singled to right, Williams beat out an infield single to the shortstop, and Gary Kolb hit a two-out single that scooted down the third base line and scored Gotay. In the 9th Nevada closer Hal Reniff walked Al Moran, who moved to second on a Stallard grounder. Then Hickman was given an intentional walk, Neal grounded to short, and Duke Snider was issued another intentional walk to load the bases for Gil Hodges. The two passes were risky, but Ben Naylor thought Reniff's best shot was against Hodges -- and he was right. Hodges struck out and the Dusters had eked out a 2-1 win. As was often the case, the Nevada bench came through. Gotay, starting at shortstop for Jim Fregosi, went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Kolb, starting in place of Albie Pearson in center field, was 1-for-4 with a crucial RBI.
Game 3
May 9, 1963

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
     Dusters (NEV) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1  3 14  2
        Mets (NYM) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  2  8  0

     WP: Reniff (4-0)
     LP: Mackenzie (0-1)
     SV: Brewer (2)

     Attendance: 31,795
     Time: 3:28

Nevada Dusters record: 29-7
Ben Naylor started three bench players in Game 3 -- George Banks in left for Billy Williams, J.C. Martin catching in place of Johnny Roseboro, and Vic Power at first instead of Donn Clendenon. Power hit a two-run dinger in the 2nd, but the game was tied 2-2 going into the 11th inning, when the Dusters got a run on three singles. Naylor threw Jim Brewer into the pressure cooker to hold the 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 11th, and Brewer got two outs before walking Al Moran. Then back-to-back Nevada fielding errors loaded the bases for Joe Hicks -- who lined out to center to kill the rally. Brewer got his second save, while Half Reniff, who had pitched the 10th, collected his fourth win. J.C. Martin came through with three hits in five at-bats and Lee Maye once again demonstrated his value as a lead-off man, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Shortstop Jim Fregosi, 1-for-6, struck out five times. As in April, the Dusters had come to the Polo Grounds and swept the hapless -- but still Amazin' -- Mets.
Dusters Starting Lineups

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

Game 2
Lee Maye  rf
Julio Gotay  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Gary Kolb  cf
Donn Clendenon  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Joe Horlen c

Game 3
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
George Banks  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Albie Pearson  cf
Vic Power  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
J.C. Martin  c
Dwight Siebler  c

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/PH
Roseboro
7
1
1
0
0
1
2
0
.183
1B/PH
Clendenon
9
1
0
0
0
0
3
0
.221
1B
Power
5
2
1
1
1
2
1
0
.254
1B/C
Martin
6
0
30
0
0
0
0
0
.176
2B
Adair
14
6
0
1
0
1
1
0
.331
3B
Boyer
7
3
1
1
0
1
2
0
.202
SS
Fregosi
10
2
1
0
0
0
7
0
.284
SS
Gotay
4
2
0
1
0
0
1
0
.360
OF
Maye
12
6
2
1
0
3
3
1
.321
OF
Williams
7
2
1
1
0
0
1
0
.310
OF
Pearson
9
2
2
2
0
1
2
0
.286
OF/PH
Kolb
5
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
.361
OF/PH
Banks
5
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
.288
P
Barber
3
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
.217
P
Horlen
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.167
P
Siebler
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.111
2B: Fregosi (4), Maye (4), Adair (7)
3B: Maye 2 (3)
HR: Power (3)
  1          
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Barber
1
1
6.0
4
5
0
1
1
4
100
.256
1 win
SP
Horlen
1
1
6.0
5
3
0
1
1
2
91
4.67
SP
Siebler
1
1
6.0
6
1
0
2
2
5
88
2.40
RP
Dailey
2
-
3.2
3
3
0
0
0
4
67
0.71
1 win
RP
Raymond
2
-
1.2
2
2
0
0
0
1
35
1.33
RP
Reniff
3
-
2.2
0
5
0
0
0
1
55
0.68
1 save
1 win
RP
Duliba
1
-
2.0
0
1
0
0
0
0
27
5.40
RP
Brewer
1
-
1.0
0
1
0
0
0
1
23
4.15
1 save

FEATURED GAME
 Game 3: May 9, 1963



New York Mets
starting lineup
Jim Hickman  cf
Charlie Neal  2b
Duke Snider  rf
Gil Hodges  1b
Frank Thomas  lf
Sammy Taylor  c
Cliff Cook  3b
Al Moran  ss
Al Jackson  p




Polo Grounds
Opened June 28, 1911
Home of the New York Yankees, 1911-23
Home of the New York Giants, 1911-57
New York Mets, 1962-63
Last Game: September 18, 1963
Capacity: 55,000

Dusters first.
JACKSON PITCHING. Maye tripled in the left field gap. Fregosi struck out. Banks walked. Adair grounded to third, 5-4-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Mets first.
SIEBLER PITCHING. Hickman struck out. Neal flied out to center. Snider grounded to first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters second.
Pearson walked. Power homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. Boyer singled to right. Martin singled to left, Boyer to second. Siebler grounded to second, Boyer forced out at third, Martin to second. Maye struck out. Martin was caught stealing third.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 0.

Mets second.
Hodges popped up to second. Thomas singled through the hole. Taylor tripled in the right field gap, Thomas scored. Cook flied out to right. Taylor tagged up and scored. Moran grounded to first.
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters third.
Fregosi struck out. Banks grounded to third. Adair singled to left. Pearson grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets third.
Jackson doubled in the left field gap. Hickman struck out. Neal struck out. Snider grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters fourth.
Power walked. Boyer grounded to third, Power forced out at second (fielder's choice). Martin lined out to second. Boyer was doubled off first.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets fourth.
Hodges grounded to short. Thomas struck out. Taylor grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters fifth.
Siebler flied out to center. Maye singled to left. Fregosi singled to center, Maye to third. Banks grounded to second, 4-6-3 double play.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets fifth.
Cook flied out to right. Moran singled up the middle. Jackson struck out. Moran stole second. Hickman was intentionally walked. Neal flied out to left.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters sixth.
Adair doubled down the left field line. Pearson struck out. Power grounded to second. Boyer popped up to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets sixth.
Snider popped up to second. Hodges grounded to second. Thomas doubled down the right field line. Taylor hit an infield single to first, Thomas to third. Cook grounded to short, Taylor forced out at second (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters seventh.
Martin singled to center. Clendenon (for Siebler) struck out. Maye laid down a sacrifice bunt to the catcher, Martin to second. Fregosi struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets seventh.
DULIBA PITCHING. Moran grounded to third. Jackson grounded to first. Hickman flied out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters eighth.
Banks popped up to short. Adair grounded to short. Pearson grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets eighth.
Neal grounded to short. Snider popped up to third. Hodges walked. Thomas grounded to third.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters ninth.
Power singled through the hole. Boyer popped up to short. Martin singled to left, Power to second. Kolb (for Duliba) grounded to second, Power to third, Martin to second. Maye was intentionally walked. Bases loaded. Fregosi struck out.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets ninth.
RAYMOND PITCHING. Taylor grounded to short. Cook hit an infield single to second. Moran laid down a sacrifice bunt to the catcher, Cook to second. Throneberry (for Jackson) was intentionally walked. Hickman struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters tenth.
MACKENZIE PITCHING. Banks popped up to third. Adair struck out. Pearson popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Mets tenth.
Neal singled to left. Snider laid down a sacrifice bunt to the catcher, Neal to second. Hodges was intentionally walked. RENIFF PITCHING. Thomas lined out to short. Neal was doubled off second.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 2.

Dusters eleventh.
Power grounded to short. Boyer hit an infield single to second. Martin lined out to short. Roseboro (for Reniff) singled through the right side, Boyer to third. Maye singled to right, Boyer scored, Roseboro to third. Fregosi struck out.
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 2.

Mets eleventh.
BREWER PITCHING. SAVERINE IN AT LEFT. Taylor popped up to second. Cook struck out. Moran walked. Green (for Mackenzie) reached first on a fielding error by the catcher, Moran to second. Hickman reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman, Moran to third, Green to second. Bases loaded. Hicks (for Neal) lined out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 2 errors, 3 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 3-2