2005: ESPN at the Midnight Sun game

By Jim Caple
ESPN.com

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Midnight Sun game is like most baseball games -except here the shadows are still creeping across the infield at close to 11 p.m.

“Nobody here knows if the lights have ever been turned on or not,” Alaska Goldpanners manager Ed Cheff said, squinting through the golden sunlight at the light towers at Growden Park. “The rumor is that they might not even work. I know they’ve never been on in the four years I’ve been here. You talk to the locals about the lights and they just laugh and say, ‘Yeah, we don’t know about them, either.'” Continue reading “2005: ESPN at the Midnight Sun game”

2003: Baseball fun in the Midnight Sun (MLB)

By Joe Connor / MLB.com

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — It’s after Midnight on the Last Frontier, 160 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and some future Major Leaguers are playing wood-bat baseball at Growden Memorial Park without the assistance of artificial light — thanks to the sun.

The 48-year-old Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, the northernmost organized baseball club on planet earth, celebrated the Summer Solstice June 20 by hosting a travel team, the Ukiah Victory Dons from Mendicino, Calif., in the 98th annual “Midnight Sun game.” The Goldpanners, members of the six-team summer Alaska Baseball League (ABL) that prepares the nation’s top college players for a future in the Majors, topped Ukiah, 3-1, before a sold out crowd of 3,500 enthusiastic fans. It was the Goldpanners 11th straight Midnight Sun victory. Continue reading “2003: Baseball fun in the Midnight Sun (MLB)”

ESPN : Midnight Sun Game is #8 Ultimate Baseball Experience

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”

2005: Awards and Dignitaries

The 2005 Midnight Sun Game was destined for greatness, due to its place as the centennial celebration.  On hand for the 100th playing of the game was the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, represented by Boston Red Sox legend Bobby Doerr. no less a figure than Bill “Spaceman” Lee was on hand to participate.   A number of other dignitaries and awardees were on hand.  Listed below is a growing list of those present at the historic event. Continue reading “2005: Awards and Dignitaries”