GILLETTE RIDERS POST 42 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: POST 42 LEGION BASEBALL
POST 42 LEGION BASEBALL
HISTORY OF AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: American Legion Baseball is one of the most successful and tradition-rich amateur athletic leagues in America. The program got its start in Milbank, South Dakota on July 17, 1925, by action of the South Dakota Department of The American Legion. It was expanded nationally later that year, and the first national tournament (involving teams from 16 states) was held in 1926. Today, the program registers more than 5,400 teams in all 50 United States, including Canada and Puerto Rico. Through the years, more than 10 million young men have played on American Legion teams. Nationally, American Legion Baseball is divided into eight regions, each with numerous state programs. Each region holds an annual tournament, with the tournament winner advancing to the American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.
HISTORY OF POST 42 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: According to records from the Gillette News Record, Post 42 American Legion Baseball in Gillette, Wyoming started in 1948. The team went 0-7 in its first year. The program since that time has grown into one of the finest in the nation and has been offering young people the chance to play baseball for 69 years. The program prides itself in producing young men of great character both on and off the field. In 1990, a group of volunteers help build Hladky Memorial Stadium, the current home to Post 42 Legion Baseball. The program has won two State Championships in 2008 and 2014. In 2015 the Riders finished in the final 16 teams in the nation, when they earned the NW Regional Runner Up. It is tied for the highest finish in Wyoming Legion Baseball history. The Riders finished 64-23 in 2015, breaking their all-time win record. The Rustlers are the JV team in the Post 42 program. They have won the "B" State Championship in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Their highest finish at the "A" level came in 2015 when they took 3rd in the A State Tournament. Today the program has grown to 5 teams; Riders, Rustlers, Renegades, JR Riders Black, JR Riders Red (grades 7-12) and over 70 players partcipate in the Post 42 Legion Baseball program. They play hundreds of games each spring/summer throughout the region.
COACH PERLEBERG LETTER TO PROSPECTIVE PLAYERS:
Riders Baseball Player Challenge
It is enjoyable year in and year out to be around a groupof young men who sacrifice so much in order to promote their team and program. We love our baseball players here and have very high expectations of every individual that comes through our program.
We are very disciplined in what we do and make no secret of this. A player that does not work hard or commit to what we are doing will not be one of ours. Our appearance on and off the field is very important. A positive image must be upheld.
Thus it becomes a challenge to play Riders Baseball. If you want to be treated as a prima donna, complain because the official scorer did not award you a hit, throw equipment in frustration and begin all of your sentences with the word “I,”-- then may I suggest you choose another program.
However, if you want to play in a strong program and be a top contender for National American Legion Tournament play, be with a group of talented and classy people, play a strong schedule on a good facility, have good coaching, sacrifice like you never have before, and more importantly, get better, then come meet the challenge of the Riders Baseball program.