Dehler Park celebrates 1 millionth fan to walk through its gates

July 18, 2017 GMT

Bob Peterson is one in a million at Dehler Park.

The Billings baseball fan walked through the gates and was greeted as fan number 1 million at the decade-old ballpark.

“You’re not kidding me about this, are you?” Peterson said as General Manager Gary Roller showered him with gifts.

Peterson said he’s been coming to Mustangs games since the late 1970s. Since the “Gary Redus” days, he said. Redus hit .462 in 1978 for all 68 games to make a legendary season before going up to the majors.

For being the chance landmark fan, Peterson received a team jersey, a ball signed by the current roster and season tickets for the next full season, among other gifts.

He was also invited to throw out the first pitch at the Mustangs’ home game opposite the Orem Owlz.

The gifts on Monday echoed the last fan no. 1 million in Billings baseball history. In 1956, Laurel truck driver Lewis Worden got a season pass as the millionth ticket-holder to enter Cobb Field — also about a decade old at the time.

The Mustangs clobbered the Boise Braves on that June game at 12-2.

As it turns 10, Dehler Park boosters are looking to expand to bring more events beneath the lights.

But baseball is still central. After a decade of big game moments, the Mustangs are close to activated Hunter Greene, a no. 2 MLB draftee for the Cincinnati Reds.