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”

2005: Sean Timmons enters Cooperstown

Alaskan native participates in 100th “Midnight Sun” game; jersey, cap heads to Hall of Fame

SAVANNAH, Ga.  Sean Timmons has made a name for himself in the Alaskan Baseball League over the last nine years, after finishing his playing career at Armstrong Atlantic in 1998. A reliever for two seasons for the Pirates, Timmons pitched in 42 games and compiled a 10-2 record with a 3.85 ERA in 121.2 innings pitched and continued to live and work in the Savannah area after his collegiate playing days were done. Continue reading “2005: Sean Timmons enters Cooperstown”

2005: Fans flock to annual classic

By ROBINSON DUFFY

The 100th anniversary Midnight Sun Baseball Game brought out thousands and thousands of die-hard baseball fans and sun worshippers Tuesday night.

But perhaps no fan made more of a sacrifice to be at the famous baseball game–the only game in the world to be played at midnight with no artificial lights–than Crieghton Beshears of Fairbanks.

“We made him take an extra long nap today,” the 3-year-old’s father, Rick Beshears, said. Continue reading “2005: Fans flock to annual classic”

2005: Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown

BY DERMOT COLE
FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER

EVERY BALLPLAYER dreams of making it to Cooperstown, where baseball preserves its past.

For Fairbanksan Sean Timmons, who started pitching in North Star Little League more than 20 years ago on fields carefully tended by the late Ken Rankin, the dream has come true.

His jersey and his Alaska Goldpanners hat are now part of a collection that includes nearly 35,000 items spanning the history of the game. Continue reading “2005: Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown”

2003: Awards and Dignitaries

2003
Pregame Concert The Frigid Aires Stroecker, Rafson, Carlson
PA: Recognition MLB Hall of Fame
PA: Recognition
Singer: National Anthem
Opening Pitch
Singer: Flag Song
Midnight Pitch Gaylord Perry
In Attendance Greg Harris VP, MLB Hall of Fame

 

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”