2005: Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown


EVERY BALLPLAYER dreams of making it to Cooperstown, where baseball preserves its past.

For Fairbanksan Sean Timmons, who started pitching in North Star Little League more than 20 years ago on fields carefully tended by the late Ken Rankin, the dream has come true.

His jersey and his Alaska Goldpanners hat are now part of a collection that includes nearly 35,000 items spanning the history of the game. Continue reading “2005: Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown”

2006: Panners work extra for Sun win


It wasn’t the first game-winning hit of Chu Yuan-Chin’s burgeoning career.

But it may have been the most dramatic, as the Taiwanese newcomer for the Alaska Goldpanners slapped a single to center field scoring pinch runner Lan Shao-Bai for a 2-1, 10-inning win over the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins that sent another huge crowd home happy in the 101st Midnight Sun Game. Continue reading “2006: Panners work extra for Sun win”

2005: Amy and Eros Travel Blog

It’s all about the darkness from here on out.

What? You didn’t know that yesterday was the summer solstice? There wasn’t a festival down there in the lower 48? Ha. You people are missing out. Lucky for me and Eros, our day off happened to be on this most blessed of days. After a very long and slightly traumatizing week (for me, anyway), it was fabulous to have a day to ourselves again. We stole some bikes from the program and rode around town, rummaged through an antique store, saw Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Eros liked it, I thought it a bit lame), showered, and started the midnight sun festivities. Fairbanks has a big festival that goes until midnight, right in the downtown area on the Chena River. Continue reading “2005: Amy and Eros Travel Blog”

2001: Midnight Tee Part (AAA Magazine)

By Jack McCallum
VIA Online – The AAA Traveler’s Companion

Follow the sun to the links of Fairbanks, where tee time is any time of the day or night.

Pulling his golf cart behind him, John Burns spreads his arms and lifts his face to the skies. “Beautiful golf weather, eh?” he says to his playing partner, who happens to be me. “Let’s get going.” Well, there you are: another billing-you-by-the-hour lawyer out smacking drives and stroking putts in the middle of the week when he should be hunkered down at his desk figuring out your next tax dodge. Except Burns has already put in an eight-hour day, and, further, in just six hours he’ll be getting up to put in another. Continue reading “2001: Midnight Tee Part (AAA Magazine)”

2005: Summer in Alaska Proves Rejuvenating


‘I guess I found a love for the game again,’ senior LSU outfielder Quinn Stewart said during the Tigers’ first week of practice last week. Stewart regained confidence playing for the Fairbanks Goldpanners in the Alaska Baseball League last summer.

Quinn Stewart doubles down the left-field line and stands at second base, smiling in the sun on an afternoon that, with a stiff north wind, feels colder than its high of 63 degrees. Continue reading “2005: Summer in Alaska Proves Rejuvenating”

2012: Midnight Players Adjust Body Clocks

Midnight Sun Game Players adjust body clocks for 10 30 p m first pitch

10:30 p.m. is the starting time for the game which is played without artificial lights on summer solstice. For Nadolski and Mullins, before they came to Fairbanks, 10:30 p.m. during baseball season meant that it was time to wind down.

“I get some grub, go home and get ready for the next day,” said Nadolski. “I’m from California, so the sun-all-night thing is really messing with me.”

Nadolski, who hails from Petaluma, Calif., couldn’t help but notice the bright sun Tuesday night following the Goldpanners’ 7-5 victory over the Merchants from Everett, Wash.

“Is it 10 o’clock right now? See, it seems like it’s 6 o’clock,” Nadolski said.

Rather than taking position on a baseball field at 10:30 p.m., Mullins is used to taking care of the field at that time.

1964: First Game Ever Played in Alaska Under Lights

*The lights have never been used during a Midnight Sun Game since their introduction in 1964

Eagles Rally in Ninth for 8-6 Win

June 19, 1964

A four-run ninth inning rally by Grand Junction gave the Eagles an 8-6 win over the Goldpanners last night and I evened the Midnight Sun series at 1-1.

The game was the first known game in Alaska ever played under artificial lights. Crews worked up to the last few minutes to have the lights in operation and when a cloud bank blocked the sun the lights were put on half way through the fourth inning. In past years such overcast skies frequently forced games to be called in the early innings.

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2012: Midnight Sun Game a Baseball Classic

 107th annual Midnight Sun Game

• Who: Alaska Goldpanners vs. Everett (Wash.) Merchants
• When: June 21. First pitch is thrown at 10:30 p.m.
• Where: Growden Memorial Park
• Tickets: $15, available at www.goldpanners.com

FAIRBANKS – With constant sunlight, little wind and rain showers few and far between, Fairbanks in the summer seems like the perfect place to play some baseball. And it is, but the nation’s pastime isn’t celebrated anywhere else like it is in Fairbanks.

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