BILLINGS — The 18th class of the Billings American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday night at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.
The Ed Bayne Award recipients are Lonnie Funk, Mike Robinson and Scott Studiner from the Billings Royals and Brian Markuson (posthumously), Mike Nardella and Warren Scheafer from the Billings Scarlets.
The Dave McNally Honorary Friend of American Legion Baseball Award will be presented to Karen Maggert.
Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event begins at 6 p.m.
Harris III, a storyteller and illusionist, will be a special guest at the banquet. Brandon Wood, who played in 272 games in a five-year Major League Baseball career as an infielder, is a guest speaker. Wood was a first-round draft pick of the Anaheim Angels in 2003.
Jim Forseth, who enlisted in the Navy in 1989 and retired in 2009 as a Lieutenant Commander, is another guest speaker.
Funk pitched for the Royals as a junior and senior and graduated from Billings Central in 1970. He was a member of the 1969 and 1970 state champions, who were elected into the BALB Hall in 2011. Funk would go on to pitch at Washington State from 1970 to 1974.
Funk currently lives in Springfield, Missouri, and is the owner of the Rolling Oaks Group of Companies. He and his wife Leslie have two children and five grandchildren.
Robinson played center field and was a pitcher for the Royals from 1971-1973 and graduated from Billings West in 1973. The 1971 Billings Royals claimed the state title, and that team was enshrined by the BALB in 2011.
Robinson attended Wyoming and North Idaho and played college baseball. He is married to Jean and has two stepdaughters, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Currently living in Keizer, Oregon, Robinson is the director of operations for Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits.
Studiner, a 1986 Billings Senior graduate, was a member of the Royals from 1984-1986, playing first base and third base. He played college baseball at the College of Southern Idaho in the fall of 1986 before transferring to the University of Montana and later Montana State University.
Currently Studiner lives in Ashland and is married to Kimberly, and they have three children. He is the natural resource manager and fire management officer for the United States Forest Service in the Ashland Ranger District.
Markuson was a member of the Scarlets from 1987 to 1990, playing pitcher and second base. After graduating from Billings West in 1990, he played college baseball at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon. The 1989 and 1990 Scarlets won state titles, and those teams were selected to the BALB Hall in 2013.
A three-sport athlete in high school, Marskuson became a financial adviser and passed away while living in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2017.
As a 15-year-old, Nardella played a half season for the Scarlets and then played three more years for the team as a catcher. A Billings West graduate, he was previously inducted into the BALB HOF as a member of the state champion Scarlets teams of 1982 and 1985.
Nardella did not play college baseball as he studied at Montana State and Eastern Montana College to pursue his dream of becoming a CPA. Nardella and wife Shelly have three children and a grandson. Nardella currently lives in Billings and is the owner of Nardella & Associates CPA’s.
Scheafer played right field for the Scarlets from 1981-1984. The 1982 Scarlets won the state championship and were inducted into the BALB Hall in 2011. Scheafer would play college baseball at Lewis-Clark State after graduation from Billings West.
Scheafer currently lives in Palm Desert, California, and has two children. He is employed in the gaming industry.
Maggert, who grew up in Iowa, is married to Dennis Maggert, the retired former longtime coach of the Scarlets and a member of the inaugural BALB Hall class in 2002. The couple has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Maggert lives in Billings and supported the Scarlets and BALB program for many years, including the 21 that Dennis was the head coach of the Scarlets. She is a bookkeeper at C & B Operations, LLC (John Deere).
The 2019 BALB teams will be introduced at the banquet.
Tickets are $50 per seat and there are eight seats at a table. Tickets can be purchased online at billingsalbaseball.org. The deadline to purchase a ticket is Wednesday at noon.
For information, contact Dyann at 860-3713 or Samantha at 670-3777.