Information on the 112th Anniversary, 6/21/17

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W.G. & Eddie Stroecker Midnight Sun Game


  • EVENT: 2017 will see the 112th playing of the Midnight Sun Baseball Game (1906-2017).   Though the game is played through the hour of midnight, artificial lights are never used — and have never been used in the history of the event.  Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and provides nearly continuous light throughout the evening in Fairbanks, which is 150 miles south of the arctic circle.  This phenomenon is very rare, and cannot be experienced in Anchorage.  The light fades towards the middle of the game, but usually returns by the end of the game.

  • LOCATION: Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks, Alaska ; Roughly 3 miles from the airport.  View in Google Earth (Save) ; View in Google Maps

  • DATE: The game will be started on June 21st.

  • TIME: The game will begin at 10:30 (usually ends 1:30-2:00 a.m.)

  • HOME TEAM: The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks have hosted the Midnight Sun Game since 1960.  The Panners have sent over 200 players to the majors, including Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield and Barry Bonds.  Before the Goldpanners took over the tradition in 1960, various local and military teams were featured in the contest.

  • VISITORS: The visiting team will be announced

  • TICKETS: Gates open at 9:00 pm.  Early entry tickets provide 8:00 pm admittance.

  • LODGING: There are hotels in the area, but they tend to fill up fast.  The Super 8 on Airport is the closest.

  • AWARDS: To be announed

  • DIGNITARIES: To be announed

  • SPECIAL EVENTS: The game is stopped at midnight for the singing of the Alaska Flag Song; Anthem and Flag Song to be performed by Shellyann Thibedeau

  • HISTORY: The baseball tradition began in 1906 as a bar bet between the Eagle’s Club and the California Bar, led by “Father of the Midnight Sun Game” Eddie Stroecker.

    • The game is a celebration of the summer solstice, and is a Fairbanks holiday.

    • In 2005, Fairbanks native Sean Timmons became the all-time winningest pitcher in MSG history.  With his save in 2009, his record is now 3 wins, 0 losses, and 1 save.   Immediately after the game in 2005, Sean’s No. 33 jersey was shipped to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. ; Sean earned the save in the 2009 Midnight Sun Game.

    • In 2008, Bill “Spaceman” Lee avenged a 1967 loss in the Midnight Sun Game by posting a win against the SoCal Runnings Birds

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