2006: Panners work extra for Sun win

By MATIAS SAARI

It wasn’t the first game-winning hit of Chu Yuan-Chin’s burgeoning career.

But it may have been the most dramatic, as the Taiwanese newcomer for the Alaska Goldpanners slapped a single to center field scoring pinch runner Lan Shao-Bai for a 2-1, 10-inning win over the Beatrice, Neb., Bruins that sent another huge crowd home happy in the 101st Midnight Sun Game. Continue reading “2006: Panners work extra for Sun win”

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”

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”

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.