1986: On Alaska’s long sunny evenings, you can watch some very good amateur baseball.

The “Midnight Sun’ game: On Alaska’s long sunny evenings, you can watch some very good amateur baseball.

SUNSET MAGAZINE
JUNE 1986

Alaskans love baseball. On long summer evenings and weekend days, everybody, it seems, plays softball. And when they’re not at bat or fielding, Alaskans fill hometown grandstands to watch the teams of the Alaska Baseball League play some of the best amateur hardball in the West. Continue reading “1986: On Alaska’s long sunny evenings, you can watch some very good amateur baseball.”

1979: Gold Among Diamonds (Alaska Airlines Magazine)


ALASKA FEST
Alaska Airlines Complimentary Magazine

JULY 1979

“Gold Among the Diamonds”
by Keith Olsen

1978 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME

 This article in the Alaska Airlines magazine “Alaska Fest” takes a look back at the Goldpanners 1978 season in Fairbanks. It provides a great glimpse into baseball life in Fairbanks in the late 70s:

Field Manager Ben Hines

“Don Dennis, Goldpanner general manager since 1967, said Kemp was a delight to watch hit.  “He always swung at the first pitch, and that first swing was always from the heels,” Dennis said.  “There were other more powerful hitters, but for making contact every time nobody was better than Kemp.  For power, Dave Kingman was certainly one of the most awesome.  He hit some pop-ups at home plate that went so high they got above the lights and fell for doubles.”

Many interesting pictures and details are included, with an additional essay on the rise of Floyd Bannister.

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1979 Alaska Fest

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.