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2010 Red, White & Blue Tour
OPPONENTS FOR THE
2010 MID SUN GAME
JUNE 21 - 2:00 PM - Army
Hospital at Fort Wainwright Fairbanks
JUNE 21 - 4:00 PM -
VFW Fairbanks, Alaska Post TBD
JUNE 21 - 10:30 PM -
105th Annual Midnight Sun Game
HEROES OF THE DIAMOND
"RED, WHITE AND BLUE TOUR"
APPROVED DRAFT FOR
ARMED FORCES GLOBAL RELEASE
- The Heroes of the Diamond will host the 21st annual
Red, White and Blue Tour visiting 45 states and four countries. Armed
Forces personnel from all services, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of
Defense, Homeland Security and First Responders are invited to tryout in
an effort to earn an opportunity to represent their service and compete
for one of only 25 roster spots on this successful, innovative and only
joint baseball team in the world. Preparation for the tour will commence
in San Diego this spring and include games against professional teams in
California, Arizona, Florida and Mexico.
The "Red, White and Blue Tour" features personnel from every branch of
the armed forces and is supported by members of congress and community
leaders around the globe. The historic tour delivers patriotic events in
celebration of our freedom designed to entertain and honor america.
Professionally choreographed events include "passing the flag" - "walk
of honor" - "taps" - "national anthem" - "9-11" and other patriotic
themes to recognize the sacrifices of local active duty, reserve, first
responders and veterans. This unique tour will deliver positive media
goodwill and a once in a lifetime patriotic community experience in
support of our brave men and women in uniform.
Mission: "To promote the awareness of all Americans in support of the
honorable sacrifices our armed forces and first responders make at the
tip of the spear" based on the prominent yellow ribbon in the shape of
an "s" located "front and center" in the distinctive USA logo worn on
full camouflage uniforms that symbolizes "support" for our troops,
veterans and first responders.
The historic tour will provide a positive backdrop for international
media attention and an opportunity to promote a positive image of our
armed forces while building permanent relationships within the host
All active duty, reserve, veteran armed forces, DOD, homeland security
and first responders with professional, semi-professional, and
collegiate level talent are encouraged to compete for this opportunity.
The tour will provide a once in a lifetime experience to personnel with
the ability to perform on an international stage.
Operational commitments remain our top priority. Commanding Officers are
highly encouraged to support all personnel eligible to participate.
Those selected will report under the direction of Heroes of the Diamond
Red, White and Blue Tour for spring training preparations, security
and host nation briefings. Selected personnel will be required to
participate in an intense daily athletic training program while
competing against collegiate, professional and other military service
and first responders teams. In addition, personnel will attend events
that directly support recruiting, charity and host nation community
Only 25 players and three coaches will be selected from thousands of
hopefuls worldwide. All personnel must be of high moral character and
above reproach on and off the field. Personnel must fully understand
their scope of responsibility far exceeds games won or lost on the
field. They will shoulder a unique responsibility to represent all who
have worn a uniform in defense of our nation, improve relations and
increase the cooperation between our armed forces, first responders and
Tryouts are open to all armed forces personnel. Deployed personnel may
walk-on upon return from overseas assignment year-round to earn a spot
on the 2010 roster.
to submit a player/coach package and view
the complete open tryouts and tour schedule for 2010.
Congratulations to those selected and good luck!
Request widest possible dissemination.
FACTS & FIGURES
EVENT: 2010 will see the 105th
playing of the Midnight Sun Baseball Game (1906-2010).
Though the game is played through the hour of midnight, artificial
lights are never used -- and have never been used in the 100+ year
history of the event. 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. This
phenomenon is very rare, and cannot be experienced in Anchorage. The light fades towards the middle of the game, but usually returns by the end of the game.
LOCATION: Growden Memorial
Park in Fairbanks, Alaska ; Roughly 3 miles from the airport.
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DATE: The game will be started on June 21st.
TIME: The game will begin at 10:30
(usually ends 1:30-2:00 a.m.)
BROADCAST: Live at
HOME TEAM: The Alaska
Goldpanners of Fairbanks are celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2010
(1960-2010) The Goldpanners 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.
VISITORS: The visiting team will be the Marine
U.S. Military All-Star "Heros
of the Diamond" as a part of their "Red, White & Blue Tour".
VERY special opponent!
TICKETS: Gates open at 9:00 pm.
tickets provide 8:00 pm admittance. Tickets will be available
the 1st of March.
LODGING: There are hotels in
the area, but they tend to fill up fast. The Super 8 on Airport is the
ceremonies will see special awards presented relating to the 50th
anniversary of the club.
DIGNITARIES: Kenny Alfred,
1972 MSG Winning Pitcher (for Ponchatoula, LA) ; John Capps, participant
in 1957 Midnight Sun Game ; Mike Stepovich (perhaps) ; Original 1960 Goldpanner
SPECIAL EVENTS: The game is
stopped at midnight for the singing of the Alaska Flag Song; Anthem and
Flag Song to be performed by Shellyann Thibedeau!
HISTORY: 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
The game is a celebration of the summer solstice, and is a Fairbanks holiday.
In 2005, Fairbanks native
became the all-time winningest pitcher in MSG history. With his
save in 2009, his record is now 3 wins, 0 losses, and 1 save. Immediately after the game
in 2005, Sean's No. 33 jersey was shipped to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
; Sean earned the save in the 2009 Midnight Sun Game.
In 2008, Bill "Spaceman" Lee avenged
a 1967 loss in the Midnight Sun Game by posting a win against the SoCal
Personnel are available for interviews -- Schedule a time beforehand for best results. Our office number is (907) 451-0095.
Todd Dennis cell 907-750-0099 Please remember that we are on Alaska Standard Time, which is an hour earlier than the Pacific Time Zone.
PICTURES / CONTENT
Pictures of previous MSGs are available.
We do not send originals via mail.
We do send digital files of photographs via email or mail.
Please inform us at to what FORMAT (.psd, .jpg, .bmp) you would like the file to be, as well as the RESOLUTION (72/300/400) of the picture, and the MODE (RGB, CMYK, etc.)
Pictures from the website may only be used with permission! All Rights Reserved.
Please give picture credits to Goldpanners.com
GOLDPANNERS' MIDNIGHT SUN GAME HISTORY IN PICTURES
"FAIRBANKS REBUILDS SPIRIT"
BY TODD DENNIS
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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