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”

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: 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”

2007: Awards and Dignitaries

2007 saw the beginning of a new era in the history of the midnight sun game.  Gone were the ceremonies surrounding the centennial and 100th annual game.   Back to work, the Goldpanners faced longtime rivals, the Oceanside (CA) Waves — led by Fairbanksan Mike Studer.   In spite of the new burden, the game went off with the same excitement as ever.  Listed below is a growing list of dignitaries on hand for the event. Continue reading “2007: Awards and Dignitaries”

2008: Awards and Dignitaries

The 2008 Midnight Sun Game was one of the greatest of all time.  Celebrating the 103rd playing of the game, 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 “2008: Awards and Dignitaries”