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.
10:29 p.m. Time to slap on some more sunblock. Moments ago, a brisk breeze bulldozed the low, grey clouds and now the sun is blazing through. The tightly wound crowd begins to chant: “Sun! Sun! Sun!” The PA system blares cheerily, “Little darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter…” The Midnight Sun Baseball Game is about to begin. Continue reading “2002 Midnight Sun Game”
The “Midnight Sun’ game: On Alaska’s long sunny evenings, you can watch some very good amateur baseball.
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.”
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
“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”
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”
The Midnight Sun Game is played annually on the summer solstice in Fairbanks, home of the Alaska Goldpanners, the world’s northernmost baseball team. First pitch each year is at 10:30 P.M.
If, like 99.8 percent of Americans, you reside somewhere other than Alaska, you probably cling to a certain set of associations with the 49th state: snow and sled dogs, salmon and oil, the malapropisms of a former governor. Most likely, you think of reality television — you know, the show about the crabs. Or the trucks. Or the gold. No, the other one about the gold. Continue reading “2015: We Went There: Alaska’s 110-Year-Old Twilight Baseball Game”
By Sean Deveney
Fairbanks, Alaska, requires toughness. Living on the 65th parallel, you don’t exactly spend time thinking about how the petunias are coming along. The average high temperature in January is 2-below. Extension cords dangle out of car grills, and most parking spaces are equipped with electrical outlets. That’s because if you parked for a few hours during an Alaska winter without plugging in, your engine would become an Ice Pop.
Mother Nature hung a Keep Out sign here, and most of humanity listened. The population of Fairbanks, Alaska’s third-largest city, is 30,000. That’s a couple of city blocks in midtown Manhattan. But there’s evidence that Alaskans are not daft. After all, even here, they find ways to play baseball. Continue reading “2006: Midnight Games (Sporting News)”
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.