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MIDNIGHT SUN GAME / MLB HALL OF FAME
MLB Hall of Fame
2005 Ceremonial Pitch
(pic by Tom Dennis)
Midnight Ballgame - the A.B.'s Vs. N.C.'s - June 21st, 1908
"The only place on earth where a midnight ball game is played. The custom originated here many years ago and is faithfully observed." 6/20/1914
"The main thing that shocked me was that people stayed around all night, four hours long," Tugwell said. "I haven't seen fans like this ever."
"What began nearly 100 years ago on a bet between two local bars has evolved into one of baseball’s unique natural events. The Midnight Sun Game, played in Fairbanks on the summer solstice every year since 1906, is played in the middle of the night with only natural light." - Baseball America's 12 'Must-See' Events
Written by Marie Drake
Composed by Elinor Dusenbury
Eight stars of gold on a field of blue -
Alaska's flag. May it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes, and the flow'rs nearby;
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams;
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear" - the "Dipper" - and, shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
Over land and sea a beacon bright.
Alaska's flag - to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.
(Copyright © 1985, University of Alaska Foundation, All rights Reserved )
|Looking Back in Fairbanks |
June 22, 1950 - Bunching their hits when hits meant runs, the Fairbanks Midnight Sun League All-Stars last night won the traditional midnight sun ballgame from the U.S. Army of Alaska All-Stars from Anchorage by a score of 5 to 2. Tom Morgan managed the Fairbanks aggregation. He had said that all on the roster of the Midnight Sun Stars would get a chance to play and he kept his promise to the last man who showed up at Griffin field in uniform..
Looking Back in Fairbanks
June 22, 1925 - Proof that there is material galore for a fine baseball team in Fairbanks was shown at the Midnight baseball game played Sunday night at the ball grounds. Two picked teams from the baseball players in town showed up in good form for a seven-inning game to a 5-2 score. The radio station supplied the batteries for one side and the sawmill was represented in the other town team.
CENTENNIAL BASEBALL CARD SET
INCLUDES 100-YEAR CHECKLIST
MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES
Midnight Sun Baseball 100-Year Records & Pics | 2005 Media Kit | Growden: Very Fairbanks | Midnight Game a Wild One | LOCAL BALL FAIRBANKS | Spell of the Yukon | History of Gold Rush | 100 years in Ketchikan | Sitenews | Vacation | 96th MSG | U.S. Census Bureau | 2002 MSG | Joe Connor at MSG | 2002 Trip Pictures | Fairbanks photo album | Teresco Collection | 2001 Trip | Aurora Pictures | From Buffalo to Alaska | Alaska Picture Album | Fairbanks: Military Post | Alaska Born Major Leaguers | ABL Parks | Alaska Pictures | Midnight Sun Game |Zomerzonnewendebaseballwedstrijd | Alaska's Midnight Tee Party | Photograph MS | Fans at Midnight Ballgame
"Fairbanks is an insane town."
Photo by JIM LAVRAKAS / Anchorage Daily News
A batter in the 100th Midnight Sun Game steps to the plate around 11 p.m. Tuesday in Fairbanks as the sun blazes in the west. Established in 1906 as the result of a bar bet, the annual baseball game played on the solstice is the only game to be contested after midnight without artificial lights. This year, the event attracted more than 20 journalists, according to organizers, including reporters from New York and Chicago.
2005 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME
JUNE 21, 2005 VS. OMAHA ZONE
100 Years of Baseball Fun
The Boys of Summer Solstice
Midnight Sun Game Turns 100
|The Frigid-Aires, from left, Rif Rafson, Bill Stroecker and Karl Carlson perform for the overflowing crowd before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game. In 1906, Stroecker's father, Eddie, played catcher in the first Midnight Sun Game.||Spectators line up on a ramp to watch the 100th Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks on Tuesday night. Growden Memorial Park seats only 3,500, but there may have been twice that many in attendance, although the Goldpanners don't keep an official tally.||Spectators in Fairbanks watch a game late Tuesday night between the Fairbanks Goldpanners and the Omaha (Neb.) Strike Zone as the sun settles toward the horizon. The sky was darkened and tinged orange by smoke from fires near Fort Yukon. The game, a cherished tradition in Fairbanks, stretched to almost 1 a.m. Wednesday.||Doerr signs balls for fans before the start of Tuesday night's game in Fairbanks. After midnight rolled around, the game was stopped, and Doerr threw out the ceremonial midnight pitch, a tradition at the game.|
|Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1937 to 1951, talks with fans before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks Tuesday night. Behind him is Red Boucher, the Fairbanks Goldpanners founder, who also helped form the Alaska Baseball League.||The Rev. Mary Ann Warden of Barrow sings the Star Spangled Banner before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks. Warden also sang the Alaska Flag Song in Inupiaq at the midnight break, which brought a roar of delight from the overflowing crowd.||The Johnson brothers, Jay and Raleigh, both of Fairbanks, grab beers at a tailgate party Tuesday before the start of the 100th Midnight Sun Game.||Sean Timmons of Fairbanks came out of baseball retirement to win his third Midnight Sun Game.|
|Lynn Moss was one of 65 junior high school students from Michigan on a three-week Alaska science and leadership tour who attended Tuesday's Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks. The group, called Alaska Great Lakes, has been coming to Alaska for 13 years, director Dale Rosene said.||A batter in the 100th Midnight Sun Game steps to the plate around 11 p.m. Tuesday in Fairbanks as the sun blazes in the west. Established in 1906 as the result of a bar bet, the annual baseball game played on the solstice is the only game to be contested after midnight without artificial lights. This year, the event attracted more than 20 journalists, according to organizers, including reporters from New York and Chicago.|
2004 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME STORIES
99TH: JUNE 21, 2004 vs. PENINSULA OILERS
New York Times
Chicago TribuneFor 99th season, Alaska ballplayers venture out in midnight sun - Lew Freedman
2004 Midnight Sun Game
2001 Midnight Sun Game
MIDNIGHT BALL GAME IS WON BY ATHLETIC TEAM
|ONLY MIDNIGHT GAME IN THE WORLD TONIGHT|
Not a sourdough unless you've witnessed this famous sporting feature
June 21, 1912, Daily News-Miner
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