The eight-starred Alaskan state flag serves as the centerfield backdrop at Fairbanks’ Growden Memorial Park, home of the Goldpanners and the Midnight Sun Game — Near midnight on each summer solstice, the game — which begins at 10:30 p.m. with no use of artificial lights, and is the signature event of the Alaskan Baseball League — is interrupted for a ceremony that includes the signing of the state song, “Alaska’s Flag”. The song’s last two lines are: “Alaska’s flag–to Alaskans dear/ The simple flag of a last frontier.”
TOUCHING THE GAME AWARD WINNING BASEBALL FILMS
Documentary crew set to return to ABL
Touching the Game, LLC, the film company producing the first full-length documentary on the Alaska Baseball League and it’s history, will be returning this summer to shoot some additional footage, with the HD film expected to be released in the summer of 2008. A short trailer for the film, put together from material shot last summer is now available for viewing on www.touchingthegame.com. The website also contains additional information on the film, and a video on the 2006 Midnight Sun Game. Continue reading “2007: Documentary crew set to return to ABL”
Editor’s Note: Jim Caple couldn’t boil his lifetime of baseball experiences down to just 10, so the first installment of the “Travel Top Ten” goes into extra innings.
The ultimate baseball experience is sitting behind home plate while your favorite team scores the winning run in Game 7 of the World Series. But you can’t count on that happening very often – especially if you live in Cleveland. Still, here are 10 “Don’t Miss” baseball experiences that are always available for the perfect road swing. Continue reading “ESPN : Midnight Sun Game is #8 Ultimate Baseball Experience”
2007 saw the beginning of a new era in the history of the midnight sun game. Gone were the ceremonies surrounding the centennial and 100th annual game. Back to work, the Goldpanners faced longtime rivals, the Oceanside (CA) Waves — led by Fairbanksan Mike Studer. In spite of the new burden, the game went off with the same excitement as ever. Listed below is a growing list of dignitaries on hand for the event. Continue reading “2007: Awards and Dignitaries”