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.”

1964: First Game Ever Played in Alaska Under Lights

*The lights have never been used during a Midnight Sun Game since their introduction in 1964

Eagles Rally in Ninth for 8-6 Win

FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER
June 19, 1964

A four-run ninth inning rally by Grand Junction gave the Eagles an 8-6 win over the Goldpanners last night and I evened the Midnight Sun series at 1-1.

The game was the first known game in Alaska ever played under artificial lights. Crews worked up to the last few minutes to have the lights in operation and when a cloud bank blocked the sun the lights were put on half way through the fourth inning. In past years such overcast skies frequently forced games to be called in the early innings.

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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.