The Missoula Mavericks American Legion Baseball program began in 1925 when Hellgate Post #27 sponsored the very first team. The program has been growing in size and prestige ever since. Today, the Mavericks field three teams every year, AA, A and B.
The Missoula Mavericks are more than just baseball. We teach young players accountability, responsibility, discipline and leadership. The Mavericks provide the best local opportunity for young players to continue to play baseball at the high school and college level. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we rely on parents, volunteers, grants and donations to run our programs.
Pre-season training begins in January, when coaches and prospective players work out at “warehouse.” Players work on hitting, pitching, catching, throwing and getting in shape for the season. Coaches work with the players so they can put their best foot forward when tryouts come around.
Tryouts take place during several days in late March and the coaches name the teams for the upcoming season. After just a few weeks of practice, the regular season begins with nearly 200 home and away games and several tournaments in and out of Missoula.
The Mavericks put on a baseball camp in late March for young players ages 8-13. Youngsters get to work with Maverick players and coaches on all aspects of the game.
Home games take place at Lindborg-Cregg field in the Dale Dahlgren complex. Major field and stadium renovations took place in 2015-16 in preparation for the State AA Legion Tournament. The Hellgate Legion Post has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in our outstanding baseball park.
Our coaching staff is top notch. AA Manager Brent Hathaway was named the 2017 Coach of the Year and is one of the most successful American Legion coaches in the Northwest. The Mavericks have won the state tournament eight times in the last 27 years. Many of our players have gone on to play college ball and eight former Mavs were drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
Our players travel around the Northwest representing Missoula, the state of Montana and the American Legion organization. They are steeped in the Mavs tradition of working hard, sacrificing, and putting the team first. We hope you will come out and see our teams play this year and get involved with one of the greatest baseball organizations in the Northwest.