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Justin Fuller (05 MVP)
Second Baseman - .339

Shannon Wirth (05 MVP)
Starting Pitcher - 1.90

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Sean Timmons finds his place in baseball history at Cooperstown - 2005
David Hoeckstra, Chicago Sun Times "The Goldpanners beat Omaha 3-1 in the 100th Anniversary game. Fairbanks native Sean Timmons was the winning pitcher. He is now the winningest pitcher (3-0) in the history of the Midnight Sun game. Immediately after the game, his No. 33 jersey was shipped to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. "

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Gaylord Perry
2003 Ceremonial Pitch

Bobby Doerr
Emmitt Wilson & Red Boucher

2005 Ceremonial Pitch
(pic by Tom Dennis)

Ferguson Jenkins
2004 Ceremonial Pitch



In the entire baseball world, there is no team that has more natural a promotion than the Alaska Goldpanners and their celebrated Midnight Sun Game.


Since the Goldpanners are the farthest north baseball club on the face of the earth, where in summer the sun rarely stops shining, the team annually takes advantage of its unique geographic location by staging the patented Midnight Sun Baseball Game.


With Fairbanks a mere 160 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the sun is just beginning to set in the north as the game gets under way and, at its conclusion some three hours later, the sun begins to rise again - also in the north.

It is a phenomenon ever so rare.

Each June 20, 21, 22, each equal in time as the longest day of the year (with a full 24 hours of daylight in the vast Tanana Valley), the Panners begin their widely acclaimed contest at 10:30 p.m. The game continues straight through the hour of midnight and often lasts as late as 2 a.m.

Never once has artificial lighting been used for this unique event, and never has the game been postponed or delayed because of darkness.

The "high noon at midnight" classic, as best can be determined, originated in Fairbanks in 1906. Every year since it has become a ritual to play the game on the solstice.


The tradition was adopted by the Panners in 1960, their first season of operation. Through 1962, the Panners met the North of the Range All-Stars but, since 1963, a different opponent - usually from out of state - has been invited each year to participate in the symbolic event. 

One of the most dramatic classics ever came in 1991 when the Panners' Brett Backlund drilled a bottom of the 9th inning home run to provide a come-from-behind win over the South Lake Tahoe, Ca, Stars.

In the 2000 Midnight Sun Game, the Goldpanners defeated the Santa Barbara Foresters in one of the most exciting midnight contests ever.    Former Goldpanners Most Valuable Pitcher Dan Grimm (71-72-73) was on hand to throw out the first pitch.

Sadly, midnight saw the final performance of the Alaska Flag Song by Nancy DeLeon.

The 2000, 2001 and 2002 games were all won by the Goldpanners in their final at-bat.

The 100th Annual Playing of the MSG will be on June 21, in 2006.  A Major League Baseball Hall of Famer is scheduled to be on hand for the midnight festivities.   As always, play will be stopped at the half-inning nearest midnight for the traditional singing of the Alaska Flag Song.   Famous Alaska Baseball umpires Bob "Hubba Jubba" Moss and 'Mik' Mikula.

1908 Midnight Sun Game

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

Alaska's Flag
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.


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"Fairbanks is an insane town."
Timmons finds his place in Cooperstown

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.

100 YEAR CENTENNIAL (1906-2005)

100 Years of Baseball Fun
Van Williams - Anchorage Daily News

The Boys of Summer Solstice
Dave Hoeckstra - Chicago Sun-Times

Midnight Sun Game Turns 100
Bob Eley - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Arizona, NJC and the Midnight Sun

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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.

Fans fill up the bleachers early before Tuesday night's game between the Fairbanks Goldpanners and the Omaha (Neb.) Strike Zone. The Goldpanners won 3-1 behind hometown pitcher Sean Timmons, who won his third Midnight Sun Game. The contest ended at 12:54 a.m.



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.  

99TH: JUNE 21, 2004


New York Times

Baseball Under the Midnight Sun

A hitter for the visiting Kenai Oilers at the plate at 11:47 p.m. on Monday in the Midnight Sun Game with the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks.

Chicago Tribune

For 99th season, Alaska ballplayers venture out in midnight sun - Lew Freedman

2004 Midnight Sun Game

"I had to stop a couple of times and just take it all in because it was that great."
Timmons recalled.

Denver Post
Solstice of Swing Shines on Alaska -"Scanning the stands, I notice a young woman selling beer. She has eyes like a husky and is wearing sandals. The loudspeaker blasts, "Good Day, Sunshine!"

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2001 Midnight Sun Game



Large Crowd Present to Witness the Annual Baseball Novelty
June 22, 1910, Daily News-Miner

Not a sourdough unless you've witnessed this famous sporting feature
June 21, 1912, Daily News-Miner

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