Houston Colt .45's @ Nevada Dusters
May 13-15, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV
IT'S HOW THEY PLAY THE GAME
Vic Power
Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier when he joined the Dodgers in 1947, but in the early Sixties there were still a number of ballclubs that resisted -- or, at least, severely limited -- the use of black ballplayers. The Dusters, it was quickly noted, had seven non-whites on its 25-man roster, including Johnny Roseboro (C), Donn Clendenon (1B), Lee Maye (OF), Billy Williams (OF), Vic Power (IF), Julio Gotay (IF) and starting pitcher Al Downing. When asked by the press to comment on the criticism the club was receiving from certain quarters because of this, Manager Ben Naylor replied, "How well they play the game is all that matters -- and they play pretty damn well." Conn Hudson declined to take the standard "color-blind" line. "I give black players careful consideration precisely because they're black," he said. "In my opinion, black players have to try harder and play better to make it in the big leagues. Which means, chances are they're the kind of players you want on your team."
The outspoken Vic Power complimented the Dusters organization and his fellow players for how it, and they, handled the race question. He noted that he and his fellow black athletes had been welcomed with open arms by Las Vegas. "I don't think a person's color matters here," he told reporters, "and that's as it should be." He added wrily that Hudson had been smart to open up for business in Vegas. "If he'd picked Birmingham [Alabama], he'd probably be catching hell for signing us all."
HOME IS WHERE THE HITS ARE
Game 1
May 13, 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  4  0
     Dusters (NEV) 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 x    7 11  0

 WP: Horlen (3-1)
     LP: Drott (2-2)

     Attendance: 25,266
     Time: 2:40

Nevada Dusters record: 31-9


The Dusters returned home after the long road trip and gave the fans at Horizon Field something to cheer about in the first game with the visiting Houston Colt 45's. Nevada starter Joe Horlen got off to a rocky start, walking the first two Houston batters he faced, setting the stage for an RBI single by Bob Aspromonte. The Dusters roared back in the bottom of the 1st with four hits, including a three-bagger by Billy Williams (his fifth of the season), to take a 2-1 lead.(It could have been a bigger inning, as Nevada loaded the bases with two outs, only to have J.C. Martin fly out.) Jim Fregosi's two-run homer in the 2nd made it 4-1. In the 3rd, Albie Pearson and Donn Clendenon walked to set up a three-run dinger by Clete Boyer. After that Horlen settled down and pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and walking just three. Fregosi was 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, while Clendenon went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The first four batters in the Nevada lineup had .300-plus averages again -- Maye with .315, Fregosi with .309, Williams with .303, and Adair with .324. It was a decisive win, and a good start for a short home stand.
Game 2
May 14, 1963

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

WP: Johnson (5-1)
     LP: McLain (0-1)

     Attendance: 25,523
     Time: 2:27

Nevada Dusters record: 31-10
Disaster struck prior to Game 2 as Dwight Siebler, scheduled to start, suffered a stretched ankle ligament and was expected to be out two weeks. He joined starter Al Downing and reliever Claude Raymond on the DL. Naylor opted to start 19-year-old rookie Denny McLain, brought up from AAA Bakersfield when Raymond was injured a few days earlier. McLain pitched well in his ML debut, allowing two runs on five hits through seven innings. But Houston starter Ken Jackson held the Dusters scoreless, giving up just six hits in nine innings of work. The Dusters had their chances, but left men stranded on second and third in the 3rd and again in the 7th. "Denny did a good job for us," insisted Ben Naylor. "It wouldn't have mattered who pitched -- we couldn't get anybody across home plate." It was only the second time that Nevada had suffered a shutout.
Game 3
May 15, 1963

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

 WP: McNally (3-3)
     LP: Bruce (1-5)

     Attendance: 24,982
     Time: 3:02

Nevada Dusters record: 32-10
Dave McNally returned the favor in Game 3, shutting Houston out in eight innings on the mound. The Dusters scored in the 4th when Albie Pearson singled then scored on a Donn Clendenon three-bagger. Next up was Clete Boyer, who hit a two-run homer into the right field stands. Houston nearly scored in the 6th; Carl Warwick led off with a single and went to second on a sac bunt by Al Spanger, but was caught trying to steal third -- a singularly fortuitous turn of events, since Pete Runnels and Bob Aspromonte hit consecutive singles after that. Boyer hit a solo home run to start the Dusters 6th -- he would have a total of three home runs for the series -- and Pearson added an RBI single in the 7th off Houston reliever Hal Woodeshick to make it 5-0. McNally allowed eight hits in eight innings and got the win; Dave DeBusschere preserved the shutout in the 9th. It was the bottom of the order that came through for the Dusters, with Pearson (# 5) collecting three hits, Clendenon (# 6) getting two, and Boyer (# 7) getting two more. Johnny Roseboro (# 8) went 1-for-4 and even McNally helped out with a hit in three at-bats. With the Cubs losing, Nevada was up by 6 and 1/2 games in the NL lead and set out on a nine-game road trip that would begin with their first-ever series with San Francisco.
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
J.C. Martin  c
Joe Horlen  p

Game 2
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Albie Pearson  cf
Vic Power  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Denny McLain  p

Game 3
Lee Maye  rf
Jim Fregosi  ss
Billy Williams  lf
Jerry Adair  2b
Albie Pearson  cf
Vic Power  1b
Clete Boyer  3b
Johnny Roseboro  c
Denny McLain  p

AB
H
BB
R
HR
RBI
K
SB
AVG
C/PH
Martin
5
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
.130
C
Roseboro
7
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
.174
1B
Clendenon
7
4
1
2
0
1
2
0
.252
1B/PH
Power
5
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.253
2B
Adair
8
2
0
0
0
1
2
0
.322
2B
Gotay
4
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
.310
3B
Boyer
10
4
0
3
3
6
0
0
.214
SS
Fregosi
10
5
2
2
1
2
1
0
.312
OF
Maye
13
1
1
2
0
0
3
0
.296
OF
Williams
12
2
1
1
0
1
4
0
.289
OF
Pearson
10
5
2
2
0
1
1
0
.299
P
Horlen
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
.133
P
McLain
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
.000
P
McNally
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
.235
3B: Williams (5), Clendenon (2)
HR: Boyer  3 (6), Fregosi (2)
         
G
GS
IP
H
BB
HR
R
ER
K
PIT
ERA
SP
Horlen
1
1
9.0
4
3
0
1
1
2
123
4.05
1 win
SP
McLain
1
1
7.0
5
3
1
2
2
2
102
2.57
1 loss
SP
McNally
1
1
8.0
8
2
0
0
0
4
116
2.80
RP
Dailey
1
-
1.2
2
1
0
0
0
2
29
0.60
RP
Reniff
1
-
0.1
0
1
0
0
0
0
9
1.61
RP
DeBusschere
1
-
1.0
0
1
0
0
0
1
20
6.75

FEATURED GAME
 Game 1: May 13, 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
J.C. Hartman  ss
Dick Drott  p



Bob Aspromonte
Born 6.19.38 (Brooklyn, NY)
Debut 9.19.56
Bats Right
Throws Right
6' 2"   185
1956-1971
1324 G
4369 AB
383 R
1103 H
60 HR
457 RBI
.252 BA
.336 SLG

Colt 45s first.
HORLEN PITCHING. Temple walked. Spangler walked, Temple to second. Runnels flied out to center. Smith flied out to right. Aspromonte singled through the hole, Temple scored, Spangler to second. Warwick struck out.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Houston leads 1 to 0.

Dusters first.
DROTT PITCHING. Maye singled to left. Fregosi grounded to third, Maye to second. Williams tripled down the right field line, Maye scored. Adair singled through the hole, Williams scored. Pearson grounded to short, Adair forced out at second (fielder's choice). Clendenon singled to center, Pearson to third. Boyer was hit by a pitch, Clendenon to second. Bases loaded. Martin flied out to center.
2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 1.

Colt 45s second.
Hardy grounded to second. Hartman grounded to third. Drott flied out to left.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 2 to 1.

Dusters second.
Horlen walked. Maye grounded to third, Horlen forced out at second (fielder's choice). Fregosi homered over the left field fence for two RBIs. Williams struck out. Adair popped up to third.
2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 1.

Colt 45s third.
Temple flied out to right. Spangler grounded to third. Runnels singled to short. Smith grounded to short.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston trails 4 to 1.

Dusters third.
Pearson walked. Clendenon walked, Pearson to second. Boyer homered over the right field fence for three RBIs. SPRING PITCHING. Martin grounded to short. Horlen grounded to second. Maye grounded to third.
3 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 1.

Colt 45s fourth.
Aspromonte grounded to third. Warwick popped up to the catcher. Hardy grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 7 to 1.

Dusters fourth.
Fregosi singled to center. Williams singled through the hole, Fregosi to second. Adair grounded to third, Fregosi forced out at third (fielder's choice), Williams to second. Pearson grounded to the pitcher, Williams forced out at third, Adair to second. Clendenon struck out.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 1.

Colt 45s fifth.
Hartman flied out to right. Goss (for Spring) popped up to third. Temple grounded to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 7 to 1.

Dusters fifth.
UMBRICHT PITCHING. Boyer lined out to center. Martin struck out. Horlen grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 1.

Colt 45s sixth.
Spangler flied out to left. Runnels grounded to third. Smith grounded to short.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Houston trails 7 to 1.

Dusters sixth.
Maye struck out. Fregosi hit an infield single to third. Williams grounded to short, 6-4-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 1.

Colt 45s seventh.
Aspromonte struck out. Warwick grounded to short. Hardy singled in the left field gap. Hartman grounded to third.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston trails 7 to 1.

Dusters seventh.
Adair struck out. Pearson singled to center. Clendenon hit an infield single to second, Pearson to second. Boyer grounded to second, Pearson to third, Clendenon forced out at second (fielder's choice). Martin flied out to right.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 1.

Colt 45s eighth.
Uecker (for Umbricht) grounded to short. Temple walked. Temple stole second. Spangler popped up to the catcher. Runnels dribbled weakly to the catcher.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Houston trails 7 to 1.

Dusters eighth.
KEMMERER PITCHING. Horlen grounded to short. Maye walked. Fregosi flied out to right. Williams flied out to right.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 7 to 1.

Colt 45s ninth.
Smith popped up to third. Aspromonte singled to right. Warwick grounded to third, 5-4-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 7-1