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”

1913: Play Ball at Midnight (Sunset Magazine)

Sunset Magazine
June 1913

Showing How Fans Are in Evidence in Central
Alaska on the Longest Day of the Year

    By H.C. Jackson

“Instead of sitting down to a midnight game of base-ball” observed the genial sourdough at my side as we found places in the bleachers, “you’d be going home from the theatre at this time of the night.   I mean if you were back in the States, in place of being in central Alaska.” Continue reading “1913: Play Ball at Midnight (Sunset Magazine)”

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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1912: Only Midnight Game in the World

ONLY MIDNIGHT GAME IN THE WORLD TONIGHT

No One Can Rightly Call Himself a Sourdough Unless He Has Witnessed This Famous Sporting Feature Tonight’s Contests Between the Eagles and Van Dycks Starts at 11 P.M.

June 21, 1912, Daily News-Miner

In none of the lists of the things that a cheechaco must do before he can become a sourdough is anything said about a midnight ball game, but this is certainly an oversight, for unless the Northerner has sat through the midnight ball game of the night of June 21st he has missed one of the sights of the territory, and should at once figure on journeying to Fairbanks to take in the next one.  Then and only then only will he be entitled to call himself a real sourdough.

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