This is the second time the Mustangs have won the McCurdy Trophy. The team was the first winner in 2019. The award is named for the longtime Pioneer League president Jim McCurdy.
“The Billings Mustang is delighted to receive this great award in recognition of the organizational team’s stability, consistency, longevity, and professionalism with which we operate on a daily basis,” Mustang team owner Dave Heller said via a press release. “Both the Mustangs and Pioneer Leagues have a rich history of developing star players, entertaining families, and improving communities. We are very proud to represent the great City of Billings and all of Yellowstone County, and we appreciate the great partnership we have with the City of Billings, which has helped us keep Dehler Park The first is in Mountain West.”
led by the general manager Gary Roller, who had just completed their 18th season in charge, the Mustangs have consistently been among the leaders in Pioneer League attendance and have been recognized time and time again for having one of the best ballparks and the best PBL stadiums. In 2022, the Mustangs bring in a former major league manager Jim Riggleman and former MLB coach Dan Radisson to Billings and the two proceeded to lead Billings into the playoffs, losing the final game of a three-game series to Missoula in the semifinals.
“We are extremely grateful to the Pioneer Association and once again honored to receive this prestigious award, the McCurdy Cup,” Roller said in a press release. “From top to bottom, the league is filled with talented executives who are exceptional franchises, and it is truly humbling to consider them among the best.”
“All of my coaches are very proud of our part in Billings winning this amazing award,” Mustang field director Jim Riggleman said via press release. “Billings is a great community and working with Dave Heller and Gary Roller will stand out to me as one of the best experiences I’ve had in baseball.”
Off the field, the Mustangs have been equally successful: The team has seen increased revenue across the board. Group sales, concession sales, merchandise sales, and ticket revenue all saw increases in 2022, and the team maintains a waiting list for outside labels. The Mustangs have also lent to countless charitable causes and organizations to help build a better Billings, including helping to fund the new Challenger field, Landon Legacy.
“The Mays Billings Mustangs and their owner Dave Heller themselves and the Pioneer League Baseball for their outstanding organization and contributions to the Billings community,” said Mike Shapiro, President of the Pioneers League, via a press release. “The Pioneer League is proud of all of their efforts and is very pleased to be awarded this high honor.”
In addition to twice winning the McCurdy Trophy, the Mustangs have also been awarded the John H. Johnson President MiLB Award twice, and the team has received numerous accolades from a wide range of baseball publications.