2006: Midnight Sun Game tonight

By MATIAS SAARI

Unless they get serious about baseball in Scandinavia or some other place near the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks will continue to have the market on games under the Midnight Sun just as it has for the past century.

“It’s unique. We’re the only people that have it,” said Don Dennis, the Alaska Goldpanners’ general manager since 1968. “Nobody else can do it.”

That’s because nobody else who has almost 22 hours of daylight on the summer solstice plays baseball regularly. And the other five Alaska Baseball League teams, the nearest 300 miles to the south, simply don’t have enough light to start a game at 10:30 p.m. and play it all the way through without flipping the switch for artificial lights. Continue reading “2006: Midnight Sun Game tonight”

2008: Sports Illustrated: The Alaska Pipeline

A rugged, no-frills league in the Last Frontier State has funneled almost 400 college players to the majors and kept fans in Fairbanks up late each June with its quirky Midnight Sun Game

By Luke Winn
6/2008

“Remember to never take the game home with you.”
— Former major league closer Lee Smith, on how
a reliever can maintain his sanity

What, however, is a pitcher to do when his team’s bullpen is closer to his bed than it is to the dugout? That was the conundrum facing Kevin Camacho last summer on college baseball’s last frontier. At 2 a.m. on June 22, not long after the conclusion of the 102nd Midnight Sun Game, many of Camacho’s Alaska Goldpanners teammates mounted bicycles and rode off, still in full uniform. Continue reading “2008: Sports Illustrated: The Alaska Pipeline”

1910: Midnight Game Won by Athletic Team

MIDNIGHT BALL GAME IS WON BY ATHLETIC TEAM

Large Crowd Present to Witness the Annual Baseball Novelty — No Clouds to Obscure the Light But Weather Was Too Cool For Fast Work — Score 11 to 8

June 22, 1910, Daily News-Miner

In the presence of one of the largest crowds seen at the park this season, the Athletics last night defeated their rivals, the Californias, by a score of 11 to 8, making the games two all that have been won by the respective nines this season.

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