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2009 Midnight Sun Game

104TH YEAR OF
MIDNIGHT SUN BASEBALL

Tradition Established in 1906 at Fairbanks, Alaska

 

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2009 Midnight Sun Game
6/21/9 in Fairbanks

 
MIDNIGHT SUN GAME CARDS
 
2009 MSG Ticket

5,000 Printed in 2008
(All but a few used as tickets)

FRONT

  • 1908 Midnight Sun Game

BACK

  • Dan Pastorini, Jerry McClain, Anthem Annie

 

"Derrick Chung went 3-5 with a home run, Jarod Berggren 3-4 with 2 RBI and Jesse Darrah pitched six beautiful innings, taking the game from the Monarchs and delighting the overflow crowd of 4,000 at Growden Park.  Start time for the game was of course 10:30 p.m., as it is annually on the Summer Solstice, and no lights were used.  "
 

104TH MIDNIGHT SUN GAME

 

PICTURES BY TOM DENNIS




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DEBUT OF TOUCHING THE GAME
RED BOUCHER


Lake Erie, MI, Monarchs

FACTS & FIGURES

  • In 2009, the Goldpanners will host the 104th Midnight Sun Game (1906-2008).

  • The visiting team will be the Lake Erie Monarchs

  • The Midnight Sun Game will be started on June 21st.

  • The game will begin at 10:30 (usually ends 1:30-2:00 a.m.)

  • Gates open at 9:00 pm.  Early entry tickets provide 8:00 pm admittance.

  • The Alaska Goldpanners Alumni will be presenting awards in pre-game ceremonies.

  • NFL quarterback Dan Pastorini (68) will be on hand to throw out the "Ceremonial Pitch at Midnight".

  • The game is stopped at midnight for the singing of the Alaska Flag Song. 

  • The traditional "Alaska Flag Song" will be sung by Donna Greenwald "Anthem Annie"

  • Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, and provides nearly continuous light throughout the evening in Fairbanks, which is 150 miles south of the arctic circle.

  • The baseball tradition began in 1906 as a bar bet between the Eagle's Club and the California Bar, led by "Father of the Midnight Sun Game" Eddie Stroecker.

  • The game is a celebration of the summer solstice, and is a Fairbanks holiday.

  • There have never been any artificial lights used in a Midnight Sun Game.

  • The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks have hosted the Midnight Sun Game since 1960.  The Panners have sent nearly 200 players to the majors, including Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield and Barry Bonds.

  • Before the Goldpanners took over the tradition in 1960, various local and military teams were featured in the contest.

  • The light fades towards the middle of the game, but usually returns by the end of the game. 

  • In 2005, 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.

INTERVIEWS

  • Personnel are available for interviews -- Schedule a time beforehand for best results.

  • Our office number is (907) 451-0095.

  • Please remember that we are on Alaska Standard Time, which is an hour earlier than the Pacific Time Zone.

PICTURES / CONTENT
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BY TODD DENNIS


 

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.

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