Alaska Airlines Complimentary Magazine
“Gold Among the Diamonds”
by Keith Olsen
1978 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME
This article in the Alaska Airlines magazine “Alaska Fest” takes a look back at the Goldpanners 1978 season in Fairbanks. It provides a great glimpse into baseball life in Fairbanks in the late 70s:
“Don Dennis, Goldpanner general manager since 1967, said Kemp was a delight to watch hit. “He always swung at the first pitch, and that first swing was always from the heels,” Dennis said. “There were other more powerful hitters, but for making contact every time nobody was better than Kemp. For power, Dave Kingman was certainly one of the most awesome. He hit some pop-ups at home plate that went so high they got above the lights and fell for doubles.”
Many interesting pictures and details are included, with an additional essay on the rise of Floyd Bannister.
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