Pat Gallagher has proved himself to be a solid member of the Sheridan and Wyoming baseball community. Pat played American Legion baseball and continued to play in college and in the Army. Pat was the head coach for high school team and Legion team in Minnesota before moving to Sheridan in 1978. Pat became involved with umpiring and has been a member of the Sheridan American Legion Baseball board for the past 30 years. His efforts in fundraising, improvements projects and management skills have had a great deal of influence at both the local and state level. The baseball community became a second family to him, one he will never forget.
PAUL “PJ” MARSHALL
PJ said it has been his life’s passion to reach and coach young people. He has enjoyed the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of over 5,000 students and athletes. PJ played in three state championships as a Legion player and in 1974 was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds organization. After a brief career in the minors, PJ returned to the University of Wyoming as the assistant coach, completing his degree. He spent the next thirty years teaching and coaching in Texas, Montana and Wyoming. PJ coached Legion baseball for nine years in Billings, MT, and in Cody and Sheridan, WY. His teams played in three championship games, winning two. PJ retired after thirty years of teaching and coaching and continues to be a valuable member of the Sheridan baseball community.
Larry’s Legion career started in Cody, WY. He then moved on to the University of Wyoming and played for three years while earning his degree. He was named as Co-Captain in his Senior year. Larry started his coaching career in 1976 in the Sheridan high school and was inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012. Larry has been involved in the Sheridan Legion program for over 32 years, both as a coach and a Board member. As a coach, Larry’s Legion baseball teams won two state championships along with sending multiple players to college and the professional ranks. Larry has been involved in Wyoming Legion Baseball for over 57 years and continues to be a mainstay in the Sheridan program.
Ben has spent over twenty years of his life in the Sheridan Legion baseball system, both as a player (1989-1994), assistant coach in 2000 and as the head coach for the last fourteen years. As a player, Ben was two-time First Team All-State selection and was named both Player and Pitcher of the Year in his senior season. Ben was drafted by the Montreal Expos out of high school but chose to go to Howard Junior College instead. Ben was named Howard’s MVP and Pitcher of the Year and was awarded the MVP in the Junior College All-Star game. Ben was drafted by the New York Yankees at the end of his second year. He played for several years in the minors earning his way to the High A All-Star game. He reached the AAA level in 2000 where he suffered a career-ending shoulder injury. In 2012 Ben was inducted into the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame. Ben took over as the Head Coach for the Sheridan Troopers in 2009. Under his leadership, the program has had six 40+ winning seasons, three State runner ups and played in the 2017 Regional Tournament. Seventeen players form his teams have gone on to play college baseball.
A 1992 graduate of Sheridan High School, Blaine enjoyed a prolific career as a high school athlete and played five years in the Sheridan Post 7 Legion program. He accepted a baseball scholarship to Northeast Oklahoma A&M, earning First Team All-Conference and playing in the JUCO World Series. Blaine then moved to the Ragin’ Cajuns of Southwest Louisiana where he played both catcher and third base. Blaine was drafted by the New York Yankees and played for two years, retiring in 1997. Blaine moved back to Sheridan and was the Head Coach for four years. He currently serves on the Sheridan Post 7 Legion Baseball Board of Directors. Blaine has dedicated more than half of his life to Sheridan baseball, as a player, coach and volunteer. Over this span, he has inspired hundreds of young men to be better baseball players and leaders of their communities.
ANTHONY “TONY” FONTES
Anthony “Tony” Fontes is a native of Colorado Springs, Co and a 24 year U.S. Navy veteran who has called Cheyenne his home since 2006. He began umpiring baseball while still a player in Fayetteville, NC and has enjoyed officiating baseball and basketball in several countries around the world while in the Navy. He was an active umpire for boy’s high school baseball and girl’s fast pitch softball in Virginia, Rhode Island and Wyoming. He has umpired American Legion baseball in Wyoming since 2007 and summer college baseball in the MCBL and CSL from 2013 to 2020. He has worked numerous Wyoming District tournaments, 14 Wyoming State AA tournaments and was appointed the UIC for the 2013 Northwest Regional A tournament. He was also selected to the 2015 and 2016 Northwest Regional AA Umpiring crew.