1914: Big Battle at Exposition Park

A MIDNIGHT BASEBALL GAME
Teams Are Ready for the Big Battle at Exposition Park.

Both Sides Confident of Victory – Van Dycks Slightly Favorites

June 20, 1914, Daily News-Miner

Tomorrow night at 11 o’clock when the Van Dycks and Marquettes line up on the diamond at Exposition park for the annual midnight game, there is going to be a battle royal.   The only place on earth where a midnight ball game is played is right here in the little old town of Fairbanks in the heart of Alaska, half of degree south of the Arctic circle.  The custom originated here many years ago and is faithfully observed.

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2004: Baseball Under the Midnight Sun (New York Times)

 BY TIMOTHY EGAN
June 25, 2004
The Frigid-Aires at the 2004 Midnight Sun Game

‘You enjoy every minute of this,” said Mr. Stroecker, who has lived his entire life in Fairbanks, ”because from here on out, it goes downhill a little bit every day.”

 

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)”

2006: Baseball at midnight? Only in Alaska

It’s a baseball happening unlike anything else when the Alaska Goldpanners take the field for the Midnight Sun Game.

BY CLARK SPENCER
MIAMI HERALD

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.

2002: Having Fun with the Midnight Sun (Evening Magazine)

By John Stofflet
Evening Magazine
06/24/2002

2002: At Midnight

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)”

1991: Life Shines Brighter Under Midnight Sun (Chicago Tribune)

By Storer H. Rowley
Chicago Tribune

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.

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