The 2006 Midnight Sun Game was one for the ages. Celebrating the 101st playing of the game – the official 100th anniversary — a number of great figures were on hand to document the evening. Listed below is a growing list of those present at the historic event. Continue reading “2006: Awards and Dignitaries”
The 2008 Midnight Sun Game was one of the greatest of all time. Celebrating the 103rd playing of the game, no less a figure than Bill “Spaceman” Lee was on hand to participate. A number of other dignitaries and awardees were on hand. Listed below is a growing list of those present at the historic event. Continue reading “2008: Awards and Dignitaries”
100-Year Centennial Baseball Card Set
Scratch ‘N Spit Baseball Cards
CARD NUMBER ONE
The 1900s – 1910s : From Gold Rush Camp to Frontier Town
Eddie Stroecker & Van Dykes Continue reading “2004: 100-Year Centennial Baseball Card Set”
2017 TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
W.G. & Eddie Stroecker Midnight Sun Game
SPONSORED BY THE SONS & DAUGHTERS OF THE MIDNIGHT SON
FACTS & FIGURES
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.
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
IN the first inning, a routine fly ball drifted above the left fielder, who, positioning himself just right in the grass, held up his mitt — and then lost the ball in the sun. It was 10:40 p.m. Attribute the error to the solstice light, still going strong at the start of the 99th annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game. Continue reading “2004: Baseball Under the Midnight Sun (New York Times)”
By MIKE CAMPBELL
November 30th, 2009
Alaska’s Sports Hall of Fame on Monday discovered what has been gospel in mushing circles the past few years. You simply can’t get enough Mackey.
It’s a baseball happening unlike anything else when the Alaska Goldpanners take the field for the Midnight Sun Game.
BY CLARK SPENCER
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The sun was posturing, scraping the western horizon while making its slow descent to the north. A rainbow unfurled in the east. And Bill Stroecker was standing impatiently by the admission gate at Growden Park as fans lined up to celebrate a baseball happening like no other.
By John Stofflet
What would you do if it didn’t get dark at night? Play 24 hours a day? Well, the folks in Fairbanks and the other northern towns in Alaska have a hard time hitting the sack this time of year.
In summer it is light for most of the night and that means you often forgo sleep in favor of having fun. Continue reading “2002: Having Fun with the Midnight Sun (Evening Magazine)”
By Storer H. Rowley
Sunday, June 30, 1991
“There are strange things done in the midnight sun. . . .” – Robert Service
ARCTIC CIRCLE, Yukon – Across the Yukon, the storied Canadian setting of the last great gold rush, it is the season of perpetual light.
Here at 66 degrees, 33 minutes north latitude is the most southerly location where the sun never sets on the summer solstice, June 21.
Instead, it traces an elliptical orbit overhead. The length of time it circles varies, with high arctic communities getting no sunsets for weeks. Those closer to the circle get nighttime sunshine for only a few days on either side of that date.