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The Panners don't just win, they do it at a nearly 70% clip. In fact, all-time, the team has won 1,759 games to just 899 losses. The 1,759 wins in 47 seasons represent over 37 victories per summer. The real winning surge began in the early 1970s when Jim Dietz took over as field manager. The 1972 club won 30 of its last 37 games to win the NBC national championship after Dietz' first club had earned 46 wins and finished second in the nation in 1971. Dietz' clubs then won 49-60-51-40 over the next four years and over that span won four national championships and finished runner-up on the three other occasions for one of the most amazing seven year runs ever in amateur ball at the level of summer collegiate leagues.

All-Time Leading Champions
49 Seasons of Championship Baseball

The Alaska Goldpanners have won the NBC national championship tournament six times, a feat unequaled by any other club.  In addition to the NBC tournament, the Goldpanners have captured numerous other state, national and international championships.  Alaska League success is underscored by two seven-year league championship stretches (1962-1968 & 1978-1984).  The decade of the 90s saw the Goldpanners win five league championships.

Amazing Panner to Major Leagues
Mark Adds Another Two

Brooks Conrad (99-00) & Mike Cervanek (98)

 No less than 188 former Goldpanners have ascended to the major leagues coming off 37 of the teams - averaging 5 Goldpanners per team to reach the pinnacle of the sport.  The record of sending Goldpanners to the major leagues is not even remotely challenged by any other single summer amateur team.   The latest to reach the majors from the Goldpanners is Oakland Athletics infielder Brooks Conrad.   With his elevation, the 2008 Oakland A's reprised a Panner  middle infield, as Brooks rejoins 1999 Goldpanner Bobby Crosby.

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Baseball Popular in the Far North
Games Called at Midnight Where the Spell of the Yukon Reigns

Baseball has always been the great game in Alaska.  When the Klondike was booming there were four semi-professional clubs in that city, and twice each week every one with any life or ambition was present.  Stores were closed up, and thousands of dollars changed hands on each game.

In the North baseball games are called at 8 o'clock in the evening, and on June 21st games are called at midnight, it being as light then as it is in Seattle at 7 o'clock.  In all the wide world there are more real, genuine fans to the population in Alaska than elsewhere. 

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2008 Most Valuable Panners


Midnight Sun Game
June 21 @ 10:30 PM

Tom Seaver - 60's All StarsDave Winfield - '71-'72

Recollections of an Original Gold Panner

Growden Memorial Park
Located near intersection of Wilbur and Airport Rd.  | Stadium lights visible from McDonald's on Airport



Ed Olsen, Paul W. Deese, Ben Hines

10/10/8: 1975 NBC World Series The Boulder, Colo., Collegians snapped Fairbanks, Alaska's string of three straight NBC tournament championships with a 6-4 victory over Fairbanks in the title game. 

8/12/8: How to make the 75th NBC tournament special - "Alaska Night. Maybe you pay off one of the local weathermen to create a really cool day at the ballpark. Dave Freeman has that kind of power, right? If not, you at least set aside a night to honor the Alaska tradition that has been so important to the World Series.

From 1969 through 2002, Alaska teams accounted for 15 of 34 championships. The Fairbanks Goldpanners, Anchorage Glacier Pilots, Kenai Peninsula Oilers, Mat-Su Miners and Anchorage Bucs have been great for the tournament and provided some of the best players in its history, such as Tom Seaver (Panners), Dave Winfield (Panners), Rick Monday (Panners), Chris Chambliss (Pilots), Graig Nettles (Panners), Mark McGwire (Pilots), Barry Bonds (Panners) and many others."

  • Cats' shortstop Cameron Blair (04 MVP), who was hit by a pitch last Friday in St. Paul, was diagnosed with a broken wrist on Monday and is out for the season.

NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas // ABL Out: Oilers eliminated by Maxim (CA) Yankees 4-3 / Pilots eliminated by Liberal (KS) Bee Jays 10-2

ABL Teams Down To Elimination Games At NBC After Back-to-Back Losses

7:30 PM 63 Kenai (AK) Peninsula Oilers (3) vs. Beatrice (NE) Bruins (6) 
12:30 AM 62 Anchorage (AK) Glacier Pilots (3) vs. Ozark (MO) Generals (9)

Letter from 2008 Cape Cod Baseball League employee: "I notice that the teams on the Cape don't care nearly as much about wins and losses as the teams in AK. The Cape teams are much more worried about exposing their stars to the scouts."

Letter to the Daily News-Miner Editor:
To the Panners Community

To the editor:

As a parent of a 2008 Panner, I want to take a moment to thank the city of Fairbanks, the Panner organization and most importantly the people of Fairbanks for again being the place to be and play ball in the summer.

Winning in baseball is important, and this year’s record may be disappointing, but winning in life is what counts. Fairbanks, you have won again, your residents, baseball fans, Panners organization, coaching staff and most importantly your host families have again done an amazing job.

There are thousands of players, families, that are grateful forever for what you have shown our sons.

I can tell you that the players feel blessed to have spent the summer of 2008 in your great city. Thank you to all and Fairbanks will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Warren Brule, Chandler, Ariz.
Published Monday, July 28, 2008


All-ABL Team Members: Nick Ciolli, OF ; Raoul Torrez, 3B ; Matt Newman, UTIL // 2nd Team: Thomas Myers, OF ; Matt Newman, SP ; Kyle Brule, RP

7/29/8: 2008 Yearbook and Statistical Record (42 Mb PDF) - Smaller, better version of the 2008 Yearbook.

7/28/8: Newman's blast rocks Glacier Pilots

Jesse Owens (standing) and Don Dennis (on right)

7/26/8: Goldpanners break skid against Peninsula As Alaska Goldpanners closer Kyle Brule put it, this was “how baseball should end up.”

7/20/8: PannerVision: Brendan Ryan - 2002 Goldpanners (From July 12th Brendan Ryan Interview by the G-Man: "I went to Lewis-Clark St. (Lewiston, ID) and I won an NAIA National Championship there and that was great and I’m not taking anything away from that, but it just seemed like with the level of competition up there that summer, it was pretty special. It’s probably up there at the top. I’d sure like to win a World Series up here (MLB) but that was definitely one of my best memories."

7/19/8: PannerVision: WebGem: Clauson to Torrez to Heroy - Stanford's Andrew Clauson makes the pitch ; Arizona State University's Raoul Torrez makes the grab ; Pepperdine's Ryan Heroy makes the stretch.

  • Brooks Conrad did what he has done many times this season. He hit his team-leading 20th home run to tie Salt Lake's Matthew Brown for fifth in the PCL

7/18/8: Fast start lifts Goldpanners over Pilots

"The Anchorage Glacier Pilots lead the ABL. The Kenai Peninsula Oilers are in a race for second. Both teams want to play in the NBC. The Glacier Pilots are already making preliminary travel plans. “It would take a miracle to keep us out of there,” GM Jon Dyson said."

The Glacier Pilots still rest atop the ABL standings with a 16-8 record. The Peninsula Oilers (12-10) are the only other team in the league with a better than .500 record. The Mat-Su Miners (11-11) are in the third spot, followed by the Panners (11-12), Anchorage Bucs (12-14) and Athletes in Action Fire (8-14).

All six teams will be in Anchorage this weekend for the ABL Showcase at Mulcahy Stadium

7/16 - Game One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Alaska Goldpanners 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 0
Mat-Su Miners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
WP: Matt Newman - Complete Game
New Roster Addition: Bryan Beres, Catcher, Bethany College

Trent Deidrich (08)

7/13/8: Trent Deidrich (08) Lost for season with knee injury.
7/13/8: AIA pulls out extra inning win

7/12/8: Patterson too much for Goldpanners to handle "Patterson’s only trouble came in the ninth. He began the inning with his first walk of the game, and Raoul Torrez followed that with a two-run homer over the left field fence."

7/11/8: Alaska Goldpanners overturn Bucs' big lead "Adam Gaylord went from a struggling No. 9 batter to a game-changer for the Alaska Goldpanners in a 6-4 victory over the Anchorage Bucs in Thursday night’s Alaska Baseball League game at Growden Memorial Park"
7/10/8: Alaska Goldpanners bounced on Bank Night “I started to sit back on the offspeed, since that’s all he was throwing to us,” Hamel, who struck out in the third and grounded out to short in the eighth, said. “None of us were really seeing the ball that well. “He was just throwing to the outer half (of the plate), and we were looking to drive the ball to the right side of the field.’’

7/7/8: Panners fall back to fourth after road loss to Peninsula "The win enabled Kenai to claim two wins in the three-game series and move ahead of the Panners in the ABL standings, where only 1 1/2 games separate the top four teams."

7/6/8: Goldpanners' bats go silent in loss to Peninsula
7/6/8: Pitching pushes Peninsula Past Panners

Brooklyn Eagle - "Last week, in another slap at the overprotective pitch counters now populating dugouts across all of Major League Baseball, 62-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee threw six innings while getting the win in a Midnight Sun League game in Alaska. Taking the mound in an Alaska Goldpanners’ uniform for the first time since 1967, Lee was the winning pitcher in a 10-6 victory over the Southern California Running Birds. “He had great tempo,” said Panners’ manager, Tim Gloyd. “He’s a real major league-type player.”

Lee, who once infamously proclaimed his preference for grass over Astroturf by pointing out, “I never smoked Astroturf,” wore number 337 (“Lee” upside down) and registered three strikeouts while allowing four earned runs. Oh, yeah. He threw 83 pitches. I wonder if Tony LaRussa would have pulled him after 50."

7/5/8: Big inning lifts Alaska Goldpanners over Oilers
7/4/8: Goldpanners stand alone atop ABL after win against Bucs

7/1/8: Alaska Goldpanners put it all together in 7-0 victory over Miners
6/30/8: Miners bounce back to thump Goldpanners
6/29/8: Panners' big inning leads to victory
6/29/8: Peninsula: 2008: A Spaceman's Odyssey
6/28/8: Spaceman's Midnight Sun Game one for the ages  “I went to places through adrenaline and the crowd and everything,” he said. “Somehow my body was 38 years old again. “It was an emotional game. I took my shoulder places it hasn’t been in a long time.”  And he was still hurling through the sixth, which was long enough for the Panners’ offense to give him a 5-4 lead and the chance for a win. At this point, Lee could not lose the game if he stayed off the field. So it was surprising to see him put on his glove and begin the seventh." “I’d finally redeemed myself since ’67,” he said. “Sometimes you gotta wait a long time for it to come back, you know?”
6/27/8: Strong pitching enables Fire to end losing streak - "Duran, a former Santa Clara University (Calif.) pitcher who spent this past season at San Jose City College, was making his first appearance for Alaska. He allowed all of the AIA runs and hits, while striking out two, hitting two batters and walking one in 5 1/3 innings. He was supported, though, by two double plays.  “He had pretty good stuff. He was just a little ... I think he’s going to be pretty good,’’ Gloyd said.
6/26/8: PannerVision: June 21, 2008 : 103rd Midnight Sun Game, Part One Watch the "Spaceman" in action at the 103rd Midnight Sun Game.
6/25/8: Goldpanners pull out unlikely extra-inning win against Fire - The best hitting performance for the Panners came from a player who was questionable to even start the game. After blocking a pitch with his right hand Tuesday, catcher Trent Diedrich showed he was playing at full strength by belting a three-run homer in the bottom of the second.  The other Alaska catcher to get hurt Tuesday, Jeremy Gillan, had a home run of his own, a solo shot in the seventh.
6/24/8: Panners, Fire all tied up when rains came to Growden
6/23/8: Panner face fire in ABL action tonight

6/23/8: Flickr pics: The Spaceman Deals

  • Photo Journal: Midnight Sun Game "The stadium was adorably cute and small-town. No big bleachers, no bag checks or metal detectors to walk through. Heck, I saw people pulling in wagons and mixing up margaritas during the game."

  • Ira and Mary Watts: Summer solstice - "Summer Solstice in Alaska is a big deal as the day is almost 22 hours long and during the other two hours it is still daylight. It never really gets dark. After the downtown festival Mary & I went to see the 103rd annual Midnight Sun Baseball game played entirely without artificial lighting. The game was a lot of fun and we enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Fenway West: The Spaceman can still get it done

  • Legend revived in the Midnight Sun

6/22/8:Bill Lee (66-67-08) Lee true to form as Panners shine in midnight sun "Bill “Spaceman” Lee walked off the field with a cigar in his mouth, a grin on his face and another win on his record after the Midnight Sun Game this morning."
6/22/8: Mike Cervenak (98) Hot Hitting Cervanek leads Pigs win "The red-hot Cervenak has now hit safely in 30 of his last 34 games (.348 with 17 RBI)."

Bill Lee (66-67-08)

6/21/8: Bill Lee (66-67-08) Wins Midnight Sun Game (all time msg record 1-1)
6/21/8: One small slip leads to one big win for the Goldpanners

6/20/8: Alaska Goldpanners bring Birds to a standstill
6/19/8: PannerVision: June 18th - First Home Game
6/19/8: ADN: Alaska League Roundup

6/18/8: June 18, 2008: Vs. Fairbanks Men's League GameTracker - Sean Timmons returns for 12th season with the Goldpanners!

Sean's New ERA

6/17/8: PannerVision: June 16th - Arriving in Fairbanks

6/16/8: Anchorage Glacier Pilots Take Out Goldpanners
6/15/8: ADN: Bucs 12, Panners 8
In a back-and-forth game that saw four lead changes, catcher Ryan Jenkins served as the Anchorage Bucs' hero.

Dan Boone (93-94-95-96)

6/10/8: ADN: Players adapt to Alaska wood "Our outfielders play extremely shallow," Garcia said. "Eight out of 10 balls are hit in front of them, not over their head. We need all eight balls that are hit in front of them in the air to be caught. The two over their head we don't care about.
6/8/8: Well-worn path to the majors starts in Alaska League
6/8/8: High Gas Prices Concerns Bucs' General Manager (pic of Dempsey)2/27/8: Reid Suitor (UC-Irvine) - Added to 2008 Pre-Season Roster
2/27/8: HS teammates Ryan Garko (00), Ben Francisco look to future with Cleveland

2/26/8: Adam Gaylord (Stanford) - Added to 2008 Pre-Season Roster

2/11/8: Jon Pokorny (08R) Kent State Left Handed Pitcher - Added to 2008 Roster
9/16/7: Jonathan Kountis (07) Baseball America Prospects Plus: Alaska League Top 10 Prospect "Alaska was short on power arms this season, but Kountis was one of the few"
8/7/7: Nick Ciolli (07) Indiana State baseball player Nick Ciolli spent the summer working on his game in Alaska “Right when you walk in, they have about a wall full of guys that played pro off the team,” Ciolli noted. “You walk in there and they expect 5.5 of us will go pro when you play for the Goldpanners, which is pretty cool.” “I [fish] a lot,” Ciolli said. “A bunch of us would go Arctic grayling fishing, pike fishing, all kinds. Our host family would take us out on our off days, about once every two or three weeks. Went to sightsee a couple times, saw moose and bear. It was pretty cool.”

7/31/7: Die-hard fans support the Goldpanners no matter what - "When you’re a real Goldpanners supporter, it doesn’t matter if the team’s doing hot or not. You show up anyway. You watch the game, you play the kazoo, and you have a good time."

Barry Bonds (83) Home Run chase turns eyes to Fairbanks “Nobody in our organization had a harsh word to say about Barry Bonds,” Dennis said. “He was exemplary and he was just an average college kid. He had a tremendous sense of humor, too.”

6/24/7: Yahoo Sports : Bats at midnight "If you played at a college in California, you wanted to play in Alaska," said Tim Gloyd, the Goldpanners' shortstop in 1978 and its first-year coach this year. "And you wanted to play for Fairbanks. Because they're the ones who win."  "It means more now than ever," Bill Stroecker said. A smile curled across his face. He adjusted his tie. He sat up a little straighter. "We've always known it was something. Now the world knows."
6/21/7: Touching the Game: Alaska Jim Carroll set to Return to Fairbanks in 2007!  “Last summer, we shot about 70 hours of great Alaska Baseball League action, plus numerous historical interviews with the people who have been part of the ABL for years. Guys like Red Boucher, Don Dennis, and Lefty Van Brunt, the stories have been tremendous”, said Jim Carroll, the film’s co-producer.  The crew also plans to interview some of the many former ABL players who have made it to the Major Leagues, and in some cases, the Hall of Fame. “Guys like Seaver, Winfield, McGwire, Johnson, they all have stories to tell about their summers in Alaska, we plan to interview as many as we can.” said Carroll."
6/5/7: Linda Douglass: Replacing ping! with crack! for Alaskan summer "Basch, a former Goldpanner who stayed in Alaska, said he enjoys the travel.  “I think it’s great that the kids get to see different parts of Alaska and stay in some unique places. In Fairbanks, the (visiting) team stays in a trailer park inside the stadium  and in Kenai the visiting teams stay in the local bingo hall,” he said. “Also, I enjoy seeing players’ first impressions of Alaska when they arrive for the first time, because it reminds me of what a unique place it is that we live.”


12/19/8: Gary Henderson (89) Henderson ready to lead Kentucky

12/17/8: Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06) 2009 Lefty Gomez Award Recipient "The Lefty Gomez Award is one of the most prestigious awards in all of amateur baseball. Named after the great Lefty Gomez, this award is presented by the American Baseball Coaches Association each year to an individual who has distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally, and internationally. The Lefty Gomez Award is presented each year at the ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the ABCA Convention. "

  • 2009 - Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06) Lewis Clark State

  • 1994 - Sam Suplizio (63-64) Colorado

  • 1983 - Chuck Brayton (78) Washington State

11/30/8: Nick Ciolli (07-08 MVP) ISUs Ciolli Honored by Alaska Baseball League (with video)
6/12/8: Brent Wyatt (07) Former Bulldog gets shot at big leagues “Until I see myself on ESPN, it’s still going to be a dream,” Brent said. “I’m just inching a little closer to that dream. With this happening, it’s becoming a little more of a reality for me.”
6/6/8: Gary Henderson (89) Promoted to U. Kentucky head coach "I am very excited to be named the Kentucky baseball coach," Henderson said. I look forward to getting back to work at cementing UK's position among the elite programs in the nation."
5/27/8: Fairbanks man is Division III baseball's biggest fan
5/27/8: Allan Dysktra (05) Named to ACC All-Tournament Team Dykstra, who was selected at the Utility position on the team, hit .333 (4-for-12) with two home runs and five RBIs in the Tournament. He also had a pair of doubles and slugged 1.000 over three games.
5/27/8: Joey Dunn (06) Stanford Crushes Washington "Senior Joey Dunn, seen here in the game against Washington State, finished his college career in the game against Standford with a home run and two RBIs Sunday.
5/24/8: Jeremy Gillan (08) Second Team All-A Sun Conference Catcher - Added to Roster
5/24/8: Matt Fitts (05) Host Warriors Roll Big in World Series Opener With 19-0 Triumph "Matt Fitts, who returned to LCSC for his junior season despite being drafted in the 15th round by the Houston Astros, checked Embry-Riddle on one hit through four innings. With the game in hand, LCSC coach Ed Cheff pulled Fitts to save him for later in the tournament.
4/21/8: Lewis-Clark Sets NAIA Record with 51 inning scoreless pitching streak "
In the second game, which saw LCSC earn its 40th win of the season for the 31st time in coach Ed Cheff's 32 seasons at helm, the Warriors used a six-run second inning to take an 7-0 lead.  The impressive streak was continued by LCSC pitchers Michael Guerrero (07) and Blaine Hardy in the opener."
4/13/8: Tim Gloyd - 49rs Double Their Fun  "Zack Vawter-Scroggins has made the Yuba College baseball team all but unbeatable when he is on the mound. The freshman allowed one earned run in 8 2/3 innings to lead the 49ers (13-20, 8-11) to a 9-2 Bay Valley Conference victory at Solano on Saturday. Adrian Perez got the final out. It was their fourth win in five games. "He was outstanding," Yuba coach Tim Gloyd said of his young starter, who enduced five ground ball double plays."
4/10/8:  Jonathan Kountis (07) AMC Pitcher of the Week - Kountis, a 6-3 sophomore right-hander from Akron , Ohio , is the AMC Pitcher of the Week. He hurled a complete game to knock off Walsh, 4-1.  In seven innings pitched, Kountis allowed an unearned run on four hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks. ODU improved to 17-7 overall and 6-0 AMC"
4/4/8: Steve Mrowka (86) Baseball Head Coach Steve Mrowka Earns 100th Win at GW  "Earlier this season, on Mar. 1, Mrowka also tallied his 500th career victory, with a 9-8 win against Yale. The North Carolina ('87) graduate is now 507-324-3 in his career, this being his 15th year overall."
3/17/8: Geoff Byrns (06) Pictures from 3/9/8 game vs. UCLA
3/15/8: Ed Cheff (02-03-04-05-06) When you play for Ed Cheff, 'winning is like breathing' "It's a completely different atmosphere,'' Woods said of playing for Cheff. Adam acknowledged that the mental part of the game is heavily stressed "because if you're mentally weak, the skills don't matter." "You've got to be thick-skinned," he added. " You can't be soft and play for him.'' Cheff believes it's the mentally tough team that prevails in the end."
3/12/8: Tim Gloyd (78-07-08R) Gloyd fires off full staff assault "When a baseball team resorts to throwing nine pitchers in a game, it usually means they're on the losing end of a blowout. The move paid off as the nine Yuba hurlers combined to allow one earned run and didn't walk a single batter in a 7-3 victory."
3/12/8: Allan Dykstra (05) Wake Forest Comes Back to Beat Charlotte, 15-12
"Wake trailed 10-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Allan Dykstra stroked a two-run homer, his fifth of the season, as part of a three-run outburst."
Michael Guerrero (07) Guerrero threw the first complete-game shutout on the road since 2000 for Lewis-Clark State College and three pitchers combined on an eight-hitter in the second game to help the Warriors sweep a doubleheader against the College of Idaho by scores of 10-0 and 8-3 in Caldwell on Tuesday.  The sweep stretched LCSC's win streak to 11 games.

3/8/8: Eddie Bane (82), Floyd Bannister (74-75) Bane and Bannister Inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame "Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister, two of the greatest pitchers to ever wear a Sun Devil uniform, have been named to the 2008 induction class for the College Baseball Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Foundation announced today."
Allan Dykstra homered twice, and four Wake Forest pitchers collected 15 strikeouts in a 13-11 victory over Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener
3/1/8: Late inning blast lifts LCSC over UW - Fitts (05) and Guerrero (07) combine for the win ; Tyler Cheney (06) takes the loss
2/26/8: Three Goldpanners combine to give LC three hit shutout "Brian Bird allowed one hit with two strikeouts in the fourth, while Max Hibbs allowed one hit in his two innings with a strikeout. Michael Guerrero pitched the final three innings and allowed one hit, but struck out six. In all, LCSC pitchers struck out 12 in the game."
2/26/8: Joey Dunn (06) Huskies start season with a split "For Knutson, a real star of the series was senior centerfielder Joey Dunn, who battled an injury late last year but played in three games over the weekend, doing his job offensively and defensively. He went 4-for-10 at the plate with a homerun and three RBIs during the series, while also throwing out runners trying to steal."
2/17/8: Allan Dykstra (05) Dykstra named to Golden Spikes watchlist "Wake Forest junior first baseman Allan Dykstra has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, as announced Friday by USA Baseball. The award is presented annually to the premier amateur baseball player. "

Beau Mills (06) "It's just my personal goal to get to Double-A or Triple A by the end of the year."

2/2/8: Warrior players return for ring ceremony "Beau Mills, Jessie Mier, Mark Thompson. Remember those guys from last year's NAIA World Series Championship team? Well those three players and more are back in town this weekend for the annual Ring ceremony."
2/2/8: Pete Broberg (69-70) College Kept Broberg From A's in 1968

"In 1979, Broberg signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who gave him a choice of going to Triple-A or being released.  "I went home," Broberg said. "They still had to pay me, and the Dodgers paid my way through law school." Broberg went on to be a lawyer and now owns his own firm in West Palm Beach."

2/1/8: 2008 Season Schedule
2/1/8: J.J. Brock (97) Now coaching at Georgetown

Ed Olsen elected to JC Baseball Hall of Fame

EL CAJON (1-15-08) -- Long-time Grossmont College baseball coach ED OLSEN (74-75-76-77) produced plenty of impressive numbers during his 22 seasons as the Gossmont Griffins skipper.

It all starts with his 516-376-7 record, which ranks among state's top 10 for coaching victories.

The Olsen legacy doesn't stop there. He's guided 11 Griffins into the major leagues and helped an additional 355 players receive some form of scholarship.  Olsen will be inducted in the CCCBA Hall of Fame on May 23 in Fresno, site of the state baseball championships.

Neil Simons (78-79)

1/28/7: West Coast Conference/Rawlings 40th Anniversary Baseball Team - Miah Bradbury, Billy Bean, Barry Matthews, Rich Troedson, Joe Ciccarella, Chris Donnels, Tim Layana, Steve Rodriguez
1/24/8: Clarence Griego (07) Joins Gold Sox "Yuba College baseball fans will recognize one of manager Jack Johnson's new assistants, but the on-field brain trust for the 2008 Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox will be very different this year. "

1/8/8: Tyler Best (02-03) Added to Indiana Hoosier coaching staff "Tyler comes to us with a strong background at an NAIA power in Lewis-Clark," Smith said. "He has a track record of success and a winning attitude. As a former collegiate and professional catcher, he will provide strong coaching for our young catchers and will also be a key factor working with our hitters.

As a player, Best was a 2004 NAIA honorable mention All-American in his senior season. He helped the team to national championships in both 2002 and 2003. He was also a member of the Alaska Goldpanners team that won the National Baseball Congress National Championship in 2002.

12/7/7: Allan Dykstra (05) Named to 2007 Wallace Award Watch List - Rumblings of talk as a 1st Round draft pick
11/10/7: Matt Fitts (05), Brent Wyatt (07) Named to NAIA preseason All-American Team
9/8/7: Cheff named ABCA's Region I Coach of the Year
9/6/7: George Horton (81-83) UO Swinging a Big Bat "To land Horton, a two-time national coach of the year whose Titans won the 2004 national championship, Oregon guaranteed him an annual package of $400,000 -- a base salary of $150,000 and another $250,000 in television and radio money and a contract with Nike. With incentives, Horton could earn another $285,000 a year, Kilkenny said. The incentives include $50,000 for a College World Series appearance, $20,000 for a Pacific-10 Conference title and other rewards for graduating players, producing All-Americans or winning coach of the year honors. "
9/6/7: Ten minutes with Steve Rodriguez (90) "When I was in the Big Leagues, I actually had a very veteran group. We had Jose Canseco and Roger Clemens at the Red Sox, and they really, really took care of the younger guys. You never had to pay for anything, whether it was clothes or food. Whatever it was, they took care of it. It was really great, and that’s what I try to relay to our guys here — that you should never feel a sense of entitlement because you’re older or have been here longer. That’s actually the point when you show your leadership by making the younger kids’ jobs easier."





1920 Midnight Sun Game Picture
Poems of Klondyke's Early Days and Alaska's Long White Trail
By Fred Crewe - 1921

11/21/8: PannerVision: Midnight Baseball- Only in Alaska "The game starts at 10:30 pm - and is played without the aid of artificial lights." Red Boucher former lieutenant governor tells the story of the birth of the Alaska league." (Footage of Nancy DeLeon and 2000 Goldpanners)
11/18/8: USKH Ball Field Master Plan Offers Little About Growden Park
11/9/8: The Price of Life?  For (Bucs GM) Dennis Mattingly: $127,000K
8/8/8: Lowell Purcell "rounding third and heading for home" When the family moved north in 1960, it wasn’t long before Lowell made his voice heard. He was a senior at Lathrop, working weekends at KFRB, when he met up with the likes of Steve Agbaba.  The 17-year-old read the ads during the broadcasts of Goldpanner baseball games as Agbaba’s assistant. The 1961 season was young when Agbaba threw him a curve ball.

“In the bottom of the fifth, in about the fourth or the fifth game, Agbaba says, ‘Here, you do the play-by-play.’”  “I did probably the worst play-by-play ever,” Lowell said in a 1987 interview. “It was bad, really horrible. Some people say I still broadcast like that.”

Lowell figured that he did as many as 2,500 sports broadcasts across the years. His real love was baseball and so it was fitting that he chose to get married to his wife Leah in 1993 as part of the pre-game activities at the Midnight Sun Game. The groom went on the air to do the play-by-play that night."

8/4/8: Nick Ciolli (07-08) Oilers drill Bombers in NBC opener Nick Ciolli, who joined the Oilers from the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in his first game with the club. Ciolli was voted the top outfield prospect in the Alaska Baseball League this season.

8/2/8: Longtime Fairbanks broadcaster Lowell Purcell dies "Longtime Fairbanks radio broadcaster Lowell Purcell was inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Tuesday, two days before he died. The award ceremony was originally slated to take place at a Goldpanners game at Growden Memorial Park, but the game was washed out by rain and by then Purcell had already been admitted to Providence Hospital in Anchorage."



  • Luke Winn: The Alaska Pipeline "A rugged, no-frills league in the Last Frontier State has funneled almost 400 college players to the majors and kept fans in Fairbanks up late each June with its quirky Midnight Sun Game "

  • The Ultimate Summer Road Trip (Begins in Fairbanks!) "But the price of gas (very high) will be offset by the price of food and tickets (cheap to all-you-can-eat/free, respectively). Most importantly, it will all be worth it when you can say you ventured from Alaska on June 21 -- site of the Alaska League's legendary Midnight Sun Game -- and then crisscrossed the country, making it to New Orleans in time for Labor Day."

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6/3/8: New Videos Posted to YouTube!

5/19/8: Dodge Magazine - 2007 Midnight Sun Game

Dietz: "Cuba is the Best Team We Will Ever Play"

First Game Ever Played in Alaska Under Artificial Lights

5/11/8: Ed Cheff Named Region Coach of the Year ; Panner Honors "One of the strengths of this season's Warrior team is their impressive pitching staff.  Warrior pitchers claimed four of the five spots on the All-Region team reserved for men on the mound.  Junior right-hander Matt Fitts is 10-0 on the season and led the region in strikeouts. Michael Guerrero, a junior left-hander, led the region with 1.93 ERA thanks in large part to a personal shutout streak of 31 innings that he enjoyed during the season."
5/11/8: Ryan Scoma (08R) "Ryan Scoma had two hits and drove in three runs for UC Davis, but UC Riverside scored five runs over the seventh and eighth innings, and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Aggies in the opening game of a Big West Conference baseball series at the Sports Complex Friday night. "
|5/11/8: Matt Newman (08R) Newman pitches #3 ASU past #10 Wichita State "Newman allowed only one run on five hits during his 6.2 innings of work, picking up his first collegiate victory in the process. Mike Leake pitched the final 2.1 innings, coming on to pitch after playing stellar defense at short and picked up his first save of the season and second of his career."
5/5/8: Dave Winfield (71-72) Allan Simpson: Is Winfield Following Kingman? (1972) "So in only 12 official at-bats this seahe pace Kingman established in '69 when he clubbed seven home runs in a total of 64 times at bat. "We've known all along what Winfield's capable of doing with the bat," said manager Jim Dietz "and that's why we've tried to work him into the lineup occasionally." "He'll play more and more in the outfield as the season progresses, but whether he'll ever become a full-time outfielder, it's hard to say at this time." - The Answer?  Um, yes.

5/4/8: The Sporting News: Ex-Goldpanners Seaver and Frisella Strike it Rich with New York Mets (1967) "Seaver and Frisella recall happily their days in Alaska with the Goldpanners. "Alaska is something else," said Seaver. "You can't realize what a magnificient place it is unless you have been there. And it's a lot different than most people picture it. I can remember waking up one night at 3 o'clock. I saw the sun coming through the windows and my first thought was that I'd overslept and blown my job."

1962 Pan-Alaska Goldpanners

1962 Panners: Pan Alaska Wins Series, Retains NBC State Championship - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Don Merchant - 350 Foot HR

3/4/8:  Sports Collectors Digest: Summer collegiate leagues a unique hobby source (Ed Kobak) "Collecting summer collegiate baseball team and league card sets is very challenging. It is very much like pulling teeth to obtain these sets, which is an attraction to a true collector, unlike MLB-sponsored minor leagues and the independent league sets, which are rewarding to collect but are readily available for sale from teams and card dealers. On the whole, the Alaska League has been great for card collectors. "


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July 31, 1962 "Looking Forward - Red Boucher, manager of the state champion Pan Alaska Gold Panners baseball team, expresses his determination to take his team to Wichita, Ka., for the National Baseball Congress tournament for semi-professional state winners, which begins Aug. 17. Boucher has said that sending the team will cost $7,500.  A public subscription campaign has been started here to raise the money, and nearly $2,000 has been collected already.  Boucher said the team should leave here Aug. 13 if it plans to attend the tournament."  (The team DID go, and came within one run of winning the championship, ending the season with a national second-place finish)

2/14/8: Josh Pahigian - 101  Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out (Fairbanks and the Goldpanners featured)

Josh Pahigian is an American author who specializes in books and articles about baseball. He is particularly renown in the field of sports travel, writing books on this topic, as well as articles that frequently appear on the Sports Travel page under the Travel Ten heading.

"Seaver played in 1964 and 1965, along with Andy Messersmith, and Rick Monday, among others. So, they had the first draftee, the first player to successfully challenge the reserve clause and bring about free agency, and the HOFer with the highest voting percentage from the BBWAA. Not just outstanding teams, but teams with very historically significant players on it.

And MLB teams should have such well-organized and navigable sites as the Alaska Goldpanners! "

1962 Pan-Alaska Goldpanners

1962 Panners: Pan Alaska Wins Series, Retains NBC State Championship - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Don Merchant - 350 Foot HR

2/8/8: Chris Zachgo (00-02-03-05) Coaches Delta Junction to state hockey championship "Zachgo described Smith as a major role player -- in other words, much like his teammates. "We don't have a bunch of snipers, we have a bunch of hard workers," Zachgo said. "They grind it out. That's how we win. That's exactly what happened tonight. Hard work got it done."

Tom Seaver (64-65)

10/31/7: MSG: 1965 Midnight Sun Game Ends Dramatically with a Strikeout - Tom Seaver (64-65) vs. John Herbst (64)
10/31/7: Tom Seaver (64-65) Added "Seaver set the standard for a generation" and pictures from 1965 Midnight Sun Game
9/7/7: William G. Strocker - Named Distinguished UAF Almunus

5/23/7: 102 Years of Alaska Baseball History--The 2007 Midnight Sun Game - FOXSports Blog


Bill "Spaceman" Lee wins 2008 Midnight Sun Game

Dave Smith (75 • 76)

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12/18/8: Dave Smith (75-76) Dave Smith remembered for his generosity | Baseball loses one of its true good guys Former Astros reliever Dave Smith was a giving person, and he made sure his younger teammates learned to value others as they adjusted to life in the majors.    Smith’s name is atop or near the top of several of the Astros’ relief categories. But as his former teammates coped with his death Wednesday, they didn’t talk about his 199 saves for the Astros or his team records for appearances (562), relief wins (53), relief innings (760) or most games finished (400).   Instead, Smith’s friends and former teammate remembered the former San Diego State pitcher’s generous nature and cool California demeanor after he died of a heart attack Wednesday at age 53.

1975 3.43 20 1 0 7 0 4 63 592924 2837 3 2
Totals 3.27 23 3 0 9 0 4 74.1 69 32 27 33 43 5 3

“I remember the first thing he told me,” Kerfeld said. “He said, ‘Charlie, always treat everybody right because the same people you see on the way up are going to be the same people that you’ll see on the way down.’ He was correct with that advice he gave me

12/8/8: Elliott Strankman (03-04-05-06) Strankman hired as Twins’ scout for northern California

11/20/8: Don Wakamatsu (83) Ex-Goldpanner Wakamatsu to lead Seattle Mariners Wakamatsu was the catcher for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks during the summer of 1983 when the Panners posted a record of 42-19 under Dave Snow. Wakamatsu had a .318 batting average that summer and caught pitchers such as Joe Magrane, Alex Madrid and Brad Arnsberg. Some of the other players on that team included Shane Mack and Oddibe McDowell.

11/20/8: Aaron Heilman (98) Heilman to seek trade if not made starter
11/19/8: Don Wakamatsu (83) Named Seattle Mariners manager
Bill Lee (66-67-08) Spaceman lands in Red Sox Hall of Fame
11/6/8: Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP) Robinson joins Rascals The River City Rascals are pleased to announce the signing of Scott Robinson who will be joining the team beginning in the 2009 season. Scott was the 2007 MVP of the South Coast League where he led the Macon Music batting .338 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI's.
10/31/8: Beau Mills (06) Playing in dad's shadow isn't a problem for Mills

10/23/8: Mike Dunlap (76) Lute Olsen out; Dunlap now running the 'cats - A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Dunlap was a third baseman for the 1976 Goldpanners

1976 .333 6 9 2 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 2

10/9/8: Michael Young (96) Michael Young's Webchat Transcript - Chuck: I'm familiar with the Foresters because my son played the Foresters for a little bit and got to play in the Midnight Sun Game up in Alaska. Talk a little bit about the Santa Barbara Foresters.  Michael: Yeah, I played in Santa Barbara Foresters, it's a summer league they have up there. I ended up playing in Alaska during my summers when I was at Santa Barbara.
10/9/8: Greg Dobbs (00) Dobbs loves (to knock off) L.A.

10/7/8: Steve Swisher (72) Newest Scrapbook!

10/3/8: Dave Bush (99 MVP) Interview with Dave Bush, Brewers starter in ALDS

9/30/8: Touching the Game: Alaska - New Trailer!

9/29/8: Clay Van Hook (05) New Assistant Coach at McNeese State University

9/28/8: Beau Mills (06) 2008 Carolina League MVP Indian’s first baseman Beau Mills is the 2008 Carolina League MVP.  Mills leads the Carolina League with 21 homeruns and 90 RBI.  Cleveland’s first round draft pick in 2007, Mills is eighth in the Carolina League with a .293 batting average. 

9/16/8: Los Angeles Times Blog: Andrew Malcom - Sarah (Palin) and Donny (Baarns) chat at a baseball game BF (Before Fame) - "in between pitches and a sharp line drive to left center, a very professional Donny and a very casual sports enthusiast named Sarah have a five-minute conversation about Alaska and political ethics and being governor and sports. One thing the former high school runner and basketball star reveals, well, actually, two: She likes sports a lot (the governor even asks if she can hang around the radio booth a while longer) and also she doesn't go for all that "gender stuff."

  • Andrew Malcom: A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Malcolm served on the Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four.

9/11/8: Dave Kingman (68-69) Where are they now?  Former Met star Dave Kingman

9/10/8: For the Love of Sports: Bill "Spaceman" Lee

9/8/8: Brendan Ryan (02) Outfield could be in Ryan's future "The future course of Brendan Ryan's career remains somewhat undetermined. He may yet establish himself as an everyday big league shortstop or second baseman, but it's also distinctly possible that his career path will be as a utility man."

8/23/8: Beau Mills (06) Kinston hands out end of year awards "Kinston first baseman Beau Mills is the recipient of the Kinston Indians Pat Crawford MVP award. This may be the first of many awards this season for Mills who currently leads the Carolina League with 21 home runs and 89 RBI.   Mills is also 2nd in the CL in extra base hits (58), 3rd in hits (139) and in the top five in doubles (34), slugging (.507), and runs scored (78). 

8/19/8: Jason Lane (96-97) Lane signed by Boston to MiLB deal
8/19/8: Emerson Frostad (03) Frostad 2-for-4 in Olympic win vs. Dutch
8/19/8: Allan Dykstra (05) Dykstra leaves home for home runs | First round draft pick going to Elsinore

8/16/8: Allan Dykstra (05) Dykstra and Padres agree to deal with an hour to spare "The reworked deal, reached about an hour before Friday night's deadline for all unsigned draftees, saved the Padres about $250,000. But the medical detour raised skepticism about Dykstra's hip, which was repaired before he began his varsity baseball career at Rancho Bernardo."

8/14/8: Allan Dykstra (05) Dykstra unsigned as deadline looms "We think Dykstra will probably come down to the last day," San Diego general manager Kevin Towers said. "This one had a couple of hurdles ... some curveballs that we weren't expecting. So that's why it's taken a little more time."

8/9/8: Mike Cervenak (98) Cervenak relieved to collect first MLB hit "I think I kind of pictured it not being a high chopper through the infield," Cervenak said with a smile. "When it happened, it was a big relief -- something I'm always going to remember."

8/8/8: Tom Goodwin (87) A 1988 gold medalist, Goodwin now coaching in minor leagues - "It was awesome," Goodwin said about his Olympic experience. "It was one of those experiences that if it were to happen to me now or even five years after it did, I probably would've taken it in more. I was only 20-years old when I was on the team so I didn't know nearly as much as I know now. It was also my first time being away from home. I learned so much how other countries viewed us and how they played the game of baseball. It's just one of those things where experience is hard to beat. I could've never have imagined what it was like unless I went through it. I was one of the rare athletes to have a chance and compete for my country."

  • Picked up at MLB.FANHOUSE Seriously, Kyle Farnsworth should watch his back, because as this video and the History Channel tell us: things are tougher in Alaska.  Oh, and if you're wondering where you heard the name Alaska GoldPanners before, this wasn't the craziest thing that's ever happened at one of their games.

From Gail Conrad, Mother of Brooks (99-00)

"Brooksie was so ready for this moment and had waited so very was truly a dream come true. It is wonderful to share the moment with all of his supporters! Thanks for all the years of you and the Goldpanners family rooting for him!

Those Alaska summers are still some of the very best baseball memories that Brooks has thanks to all of you!  (And especially to) Brooks' host family there; the Wentz's"

Emerson Frostad (03)

7/28/8: Emerson Frostad (03) Rangers' Frostad ready for Olympics  "This has been a two-year process that I've been a part of," said Frostad, a native of Calgary, Alberta. "It's real competitive. It's a different kind of baseball. Everybody comes together real quick and you're playing for your country, so there's a lot of pride involved. And it's all about winning, so everybody's pulling for each other and trying to win at all costs."

  • Kinston’s 1B BEAU MILLS has hit safely in his last 15-games batting .367 (22-60) with 11RS, 4-2B, 3HR and 14RBI… In 96 games for Kinston he is batting .283 (105-371)…. Mills is T-3rd in the Carolina League with 27 doubles

7/22/8: Brooks Conrad (99-00) Conrad Makes MLB Debut - Panner # 190 to MLB // But as excited as Conrad was to share the news, he couldn't resist having a little fun with his father first.  "He always wants to talk about [that night's] game, so we were doing that for a while," Conrad, 28, said before the opener of a three-game series against the host Rays at Tropicana Field. "Then I said, 'Oh yeah, they made a move. ... I'm going up to the big leagues.' He said, 'Wait. What?? You knew that the whole time?'  (Youtube: Conrad hits 3-run HR)

7/21/8: MLB Network to pursue broadcasting the Midnight Sun Game - "Much like NFL Films supplies content to NFL Network, MLB Network will rely on MLB Productions and its extensive library. The network also plans to pursue rights to non-MLB live programming such as the World Baseball Classic, Arizona Fall League, Caribbean World Series and the Cape Cod League. “There’s also midnight games in Alaska,” said (CEO Tony) Petitti, referring to the Alaska Baseball League. “All that stuff is going to be talked about. We’ll take pieces of all that hopefully and sprinkle it throughout the schedule.”
7/17/8: Brooks Conrad (99-00) Little Big Man “Size doesn’t matter,” River Cats manager Todd Steverson (89) will tell you and that “power hitting is all about weight shift, torque and wrists.” Conrad has a short compact swing that generates plenty of power. However, Steverson says Conrad’s ability to launch balls gets him into trouble.
7/17/8: Panners split doubleheader with Mat-Su

  • former Lewis-Clark State College player Emerson Frostad has been named to the Canadian baseball team

  • On the longest All-Star Game in history: "I may have been the only one disappointed to see them suspend play. We should have at least played until sunrise. - Jim Umbarger (73)

  • C Emerson Frostad belted a two-run shot and drew a walk in his Triple-A debut.

7/11/8: Mike Cervanek (98) Finally receives his call to the major leagues - "Columnist Nick Fierro chronicles Cervenak's story, from the independent Frontier League to a spot in the Citizens Bank Park home dugout for Thursday's matinee meeting with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cervenak told Fierro his head was spinning so much after IronPigs manager Dave Huppert gave him the good news, the rest of his manager's words were a blur:  "Everything that he said about the trip to Philly was just kind of like the teacher from Charlie Brown," he said. "It was just like, 'wah, wah, wah.' You know what I mean?"

  • Redbird pitchers going with the flow "Pitchers have been hearing instructions like these for years from their pitching coaches. And to that, Brent Strom says, ''Hogwash.'' There's a lot of conventional wisdom out there that quite frankly is wrong, and it just keeps getting perpetuated," Strom said."

  • Greg Dobbs' single in the seventh was his 18th pinch hit of the year, the most by a Phillie since Dave Philley had 18 in 1958.

7/10/8: Mike Cervanek (98) Promoted to Philadelphia! MLB Debut looms
7/7/8: Giambi one of AL Final Vote contenders "If Jason Giambi is to be named to the American League All-Star team, he'll need a little help -- even more than his iconic mustache can provide.   The slugger has been named as one of the candidates in the Monster 2008 All-Star Game Final Vote, in the midst of a big-swinging season that has seen him return to prominence as a powerful force in the heart of the Yankees' lineup."
6/24/8: Bobby Crosby (99) Crosby A's strong man
6/24/8: Brendan Ryan (08) We enjoyed Fenway Park almost as much as Brendan Ryan -

5/23/8: Marc Kaiser (02) Making his way back with Silver Sox "Leonard said if Kaiser gets his mental game squared away he expects the scouts to come calling, but the 26-year-old pitcher said he tries to keep those thoughts off his mind. "That's out of my control," Kaiser said. "That type of thinking and worrying got me to where I am now. I just need to let the game take care of itself. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. That's the biggest lesson I've learned over the last four years is just be yourself and let people judge you the way they want to judge you."
5/23/8: Alan Regier (88) New duties for Alan Regier "Regier, the former director of player development, will shift to scouting at all levels.  Those tasks once were filled by Wilder, who was fired along with two scouts in an ongoing federal investigation to determine whether they skimmed money from signing bonuses to Latin American players, according to a Major League Baseball investigator."

5/6/8: Marc Kaiser (02) Signs with Reno Silver Sox ""It's great to have Marc as a member of the Silver Sox, although I would be surprised if he lasted very long before a major league team comes calling"
5/6/8: Adam Kennedy (95 MVP) Kennedy still distancing himself from 2007 "Kennedy is still waiting for the day when La Russa makes him an everyday lineup fixture. Kennedy batted .329 heading into an eight-game trip for the surprise NL Central leaders after getting two hits, two walks and two RBIs in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Cubs, yet he started only four games in a 6-3 homestand.  The left-handed hitting Kennedy is 5-for-11 against left-handers, but Aaron Miles and Brendan Ryan have gotten the starts."

5/3/8: Beau Mills (06) Mills looms large "On Monday, those walls were transformed from ball-swatting demons to harmless spectators by Cleveland Indians prospect Beau Mills. Mills hit a grand slam and a two-run homer to lift the Kinston Indians to a 10-5 Carolina League victory over Salem."

4/19/8: Ryan Garko (00) Garko exceeding expectations With a .314 batting average, 9 RBI's, .435 OBP, and 1 home run, it's hard to argue that Garko has been a reason why the team is struggling.

4/15/8: Ty Van Burkleo (84) Van Burkleo hitting stride with A's ""He's probably my favorite hitting coach I've ever had," said Bobby Crosby (99), who went 9-for-29 (.310) with a home run and six RBIs in the first seven games of the trip. "He's just got a lot of energy, he's always really positive. ... He's great to work with." Van Burkleo, who played professionally for 14 years -- including five in Japan, where he was named the league's player of the year in 1988 -- but logged only 38 at-bats in the Majors, joined the A's after serving as the Angels' roving hitting instructor for the previous six years. Before that, he spent four years in the Diamondbacks organization."
4/13/8: Bobby Crosby (99) Crosby powers A's over Indians Bobby Crosby snapped Oakland's five-game homerless streak with a three-run blast in the seventh inning, just the second ball the A's have hit out in nine games.
4/7/8: Jason Aspito (99) Not quite on Revolution's level - "The chances of a guy making the club out of a tryout are not great, but there are always guys who go to open tryouts and show they do deserve a chance." One of those guys this time year ago was Aspito. Out of pro ball at the start of 2007, by midseason Aspito was an integral part of the Revs' lineup, before getting hurt toward the end of the year. And it all started at a tryout camp.  "I was a six-year free agent, and nobody picked me up," Aspito said, "and I didn't know if anyone knew I was available, (so) my dad said 'why don't you go to the Northern League tryouts.' So I fly down to Tampa.
4/5/8: David Gassner (00) ; Jason Phillips (96) Riverhawks sign ex-major leaguers "The Camden Riversharks completed three deals this week that bring eight seasons of combined Major League experience to the club. First baseman-catcher Jason Phillips, lefthanded starter Dave Gassner and outfielder Chris Walker agreed to terms and will join the Riversharks in 2008."
4/3/8: Defensive moves don't help Braves - Resop moved to left field while left-hander Royce Ring (00) struck out Adam LaRoche, but Resop returned to the mound to give up Nady's go-ahead single.
4/4/8: Mid-Season Statistics
4/3/8: Jason Giambi (90) Giambi wants to prove defensive might "I love to be on the field," Giambi said on Wednesday. "That's why I've never been a fan of the DH. You're a part of the game and a part of the team."  The 37-year-old Giambi, playing the final year of his contract, has convinced manager Joe Girardi that he will hold up to the rigors of everyday duty in the field. "
3/23/8: Jose Cruz Jr. (93) At last, Junior to hear "Cruuuuz" "The Cruz household was abuzz with excitement when "Cheito" signed a minor league deal with the Astros last Nov. 28, and the family likely will get another dose of good news within a week if Cruz Jr. makes the opening-day roster as expected."
3/23/8: Bret Boone (88) Accepts demotion to minor leagues

3/17/8: Ryan Garko (00) Garko isn't take spot on Tribe roster for granted “Just because we were there last year doesn’t count for anything this year,” Garko said. “You might never get back. We need to remember that.”
3/15/8: Brendan Ryan (02) Ryan bids farewell to Dodgertown with flourish  "The Cardinals’ hyper-kinetic infielder was at second base when pitcher Greg Jones uncorkeed a pitch that ricocheted off his catcher and up the first baseline. (Right toward the Cardinals uncovered, no-roof dugout — a signature feature here at Dodgertown beloved by the ballplayers for the baking sun and the fact fans can reach out and tap them on the back for an autograph.) Ryan didn’t hesitate, wheeling around third and beating a throw home. “That’s one of the nice things Brendan brings to the club,” manager Tony La Russa said. “Brings good legs and he’s aggressive when he runs.”
3/13/8: Greg Dobbs (00) Dobbs finds a niche with versatility, bat "Dobbs made a name for himself with the Phillies last season, taking a prominent role off the bench and in the clubhouse. The 29-year-old hit .272 with 55 RBIs and 10 home runs. His sixth-inning grand slam at Shea Stadium on Sept. 16 off Jorge Sosa put a stamp on a sweep of the New York Mets."
3/7/8: Beau Mills (06) Mills sees action in Indians Spring Training Games Big fly: Infielder Beau Mills, the Indians' No. 1 pick in 2007, is hitting .429 (3-for-7) in six games this spring. He hit his first homer, a two-run shot over the right-field fence, in the sixth inning on Thursday. "He's making an impression," Wedge said. "He's advanced. He's strong. He knows the game, you can tell that by having a conversation with him." Mills is playing first and third base. The Indians want him to continue to work on his defense.
Brendan Ryan (02) Cardinals Diaspora "Brendan Ryan obviously has ADHD. In the workouts for the evening game, Ryan did not stop running his mouth one second, and he was always at least one stretch behind the rest of the players. I had an interesting conversation with one of Brendan Ryan’s old HS coaches, Dave Kramer. The gentleman was extremely friendly and had lots of good things to say about Ryan. He called Brendan a “very intense kid” who was very dedicated to playing baseball. When I asked him about Brendan’s supposed lack of focus (see ADHD comment above), he made it clear that Brendan is a smart kid, but it is all in how you approach him to get him to understand what you want. Kramer commented that Ryan had a really strict and intense college coach ('hefe), but said that Ryan needed that type of structure. He thinks that TLR is at no loss for intensity and thinks that is good for Ryan. Brendan played 2nd base in HS, and Kramer said that he never had a 2nd baseman play for him like Brendan did. He did say that Brendan hasn’t really changed much from HS, besides the shaved head and getting a little skinnier. He said, “Yep, he still wears his socks up around his nose.” I guess he’s not a fan of the socks. "
3/6/8: Quinn Stewart (05) Rays Review: Quinn Stewart "Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics describes him as “a big strong kid with whack in his bat and athleticism.” In his first full season, he had a 20-20 year, hitting .258 with 21 homers and 21 steals in 112 games at Class A Columbus last year, posting a .466 slugging percentage but striking out 122 times. But he also hit .471 in the playoffs to help lead the Catfish to the Sally League title."
3/3/8: Terry Francona (78) Interview with Terry Francona
Ninth-inning rally: The A's beat visiting Colorado 3-2 in the ninth, thanks to a triple by Brooks Conrad (99-00) Brooks is tied for the team lead in total bases
3/2/8: Brooks Conrad (99-00) hit a home run, a double, single and drove in three runs against the Giants
3/2/8: Beau Mills (06) Big Beau "He's got some work to do," said Wedge. "His bat is ahead of his glove, but we knew that. He's a smart kid, but then he grew up in the game. You've got to love the way the ball comes off his bat."
3/1/8: Bobby Crosby (99) Crosby's aim: Stay healthy "Throughout my whole life, I've never really been injured," he said. "I wasn't injured in high school or college or the minor leagues or my rookie year. These are just things that happen in baseball that, to be honest, are unlucky."
HS teammates Ryan Garko (00), Ben Francisco look to future with Cleveland
2/25/8: Terry Francona (78) Francona becomes second-highest paid manager in baseball "The extension will reportedly pay Francona an average of $3.75 million over its first three years. Francona will make $1.75 million this season."
2/24/8: Joe Szekely (81) Introduced as Princeton Rays Head Coach (Tampa Bay)
2/24/8: Alan Regier (88) Minor League Cupboards Not Bare - "There are a handful of teams out in front of everyone else, and the rest are trying to get to that point," said White Sox farm director Alan Regier of his supposedly depleted Minor League ranks. "When it comes down to it, what's the difference between the team ranked 12 and the team sitting at 29? "Are we exceptional right now? No. But we want to be in the exceptional category, and there's no doubt we will be."
2/19/8: Brad Arnsberg (83) Ryan eyeing opening day "Brad Arnsberg turned his arm and smiled, revealing a six-inch reminder of an operation he had nearly two decades ago. A jagged scar arcs along the right forearm of Toronto's pitching coach and ends near his elbow.  The mark is a remnant of Tommy John surgery -- an elbow ligament replacement procedure that's become commonplace among pitchers. It was still a relatively new surgery when Arnsberg went under the knife in 1989, but a lot has changed in the years since. That's one reason why Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan, who is currently attempting a swift return from the same operation on his left elbow, doesn't bear nearly as prominent of a scar as his coach.  "They're a lot prettier than they used to be," Arnsberg said with a laugh.
2/18/8: Bret (88), Bob Boone (66-67-68) Bret joins Bob in Washington "He went to spring training in 2006 with the New York Mets but called it quits before playing in an exhibition game. Looking back Monday, he said: "I was in no position mentally to continue on at that point. I needed to walk away." Bob and Bret talked about it two years ago. "He said, 'Dad, you won't understand.' I said, '[You're] right, I won't understand. I mean, who cares how you feel? This is baseball,'" the elder Boone recalled."
2/14/8: Harold Reynolds (80) Interview with Harold Reynolds (80) "I played with the Alaska Goldpanners, which has a lot of history with good ballplayers, so that looked good to a lot of scouts. Players like Tom Seaver and Bob Boone played up there before me. It was nice playing up there, a honor because so many great ballplayers played there."
2/14/8: Bill Lee (66-67) "Bill Lee said in answer to Jim Prime's question about what had made him an eccentric replied, “I used to play for the Alaska Goldpanners, and when you play on permafrost, and it warms and your centerfielder disappears, that leads to eccentricity.”

2/12/8: Bill Schmidt (85) Vice President of Scouting, Colorado Rockies
2/12/8: Ben Julianel (00) Signed by Minnesota Twins
2/2/8: Jason Brown (95-96) New Scrapbook - Non Roster Invitee to Spring Training with Yankees
1/29/8: Sung-Wei Tseng (05) Minor League Insider : Sung-Wei Tseng

1/24/8: Ryan Garko (00) Garko makes himself at home
1/22/8: Brendan Ryan (02) Ryan still adjusting to MLB status "It doesn't seem real, to be honest," Ryan said Friday night during the Cardinals Caravan stop at Drury University's Weiser Gym. "People throw that 'big-leaguer' title at you and, I don't know, it really hasn't set in."  Ryan, a seventh-round pick in 2003 from NAIA's Lewis and Clark College in Idaho, has long been known to be scatterbrained and to never stop talking. A high-energy type, his coaches called him in Springfield."
1/13/8: Jason Lane (96-97) Signed to MiLB contract with Spring Training invite

1/10/8: Jason Lane (96-97) Lane might join Yankees at first base
1/5/8: Adam Pettyjohn (96) Signed by Cincinnati to MiLB contract
1/3/8: Jeff DaVanon (92-94) Signed with San Diego Padres to MiLB contract ; spring training invite
12/25/7: Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP) Signed by Seattle Mariners
12/20/7: Mike Cervanek (98) Invited to Phil's spring training
NYTimes: MLB owes Barry Bonds an apology

The winning side always seems to advocate moving on, is always eager to leave the past behind. I say not so fast. Baseball can’t move on until it apologizes. Baseball, specifically Bud Selig, owes Bonds an apology.

Sorry, Barry, for hanging you out to dry; for allowing the news media and the public to make you the vilified face of baseball’s steroid era. Sorry for making it clear during your home run chase that I would rather be in a dentist’s chair having root canal surgery than watching you break the home run record.

Sorry for looking on as you absorbed nasty fan behavior and crude treatment from the news media. Sorry for not being more forceful in telling fans to reserve judgment, that the steroid canyon was wide and deep. I spoke on Friday with Selig in Milwaukee. He was in no mood for apologies and refused to discuss individual players. “I just think it’s inappropriate for me to comment on anybody,” he said."

12/11/7: Brooks Conrad (99-00) Signed by Oakland A's - Possibility of 1999 Goldpanners middle infield repeat -- with  Panner teammate Bobby Crosby (99)

12/10/7: Sheng-Wei Wang (05) Now Playing for Brother Elephants in Taiwan Professional Baseball League
11/28/7: Jose Cruz. Jr. (93) Signed to MiLB contract with Houston ; Spring Training Invite
11/23/7: Mike Harkey (86) Named Yankees Bullpen Coach
11/21/7: Terry Francona (
78) Sox's success can be traced to Francona "Could it be that Terry Francona is the best manager in Red Sox history? Seeing that he's the only living man to guide the fabled franchise to one World Series championship -- let alone two -- it is a debate worth having."

9/21/7: Scott Robinson (01-02 MVP) SCL Most Valuable Player  "Winning the South Coast League’s Most Outstanding Hitter award wasn’t enough for Scott Robinson as today the SCL is pleased to announce that the Macon Music first baseman has also been named the 2007 SCL Most Valuable Player. "

Bill Stroecker, Tom Seaver, Steve Agbaba

Dennis Littlejohn (75) - Newest Scrapbook!

Floyd Bannister - 1975 NBC All-American Award



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H.A. Red Boucher
H.A. 'Red' Boucher

Boucher, Dennis Span Panners' History

H.A. 'Red' Boucher founded the Goldpanners in 1960 under the sponsorship of his local sporting goods store. The team, then known as the Pan Alaska Goldpanners, joined the North of the Range League and used primarily local players but did have five young recruits from the University of Arizona.

Boucher, with a great assist from his wife Heida, virtually ran the club single-handedly from its inception through the first three seasons. But a big change came at the end of the '62 campaign when the Panners went to the National  Baseball Congress Tournament and astounded all by staying in the competition. The need for funds to maintain the stay, an eventual second place finish, led to the community involvement which was to spawn today's organization.

After founding the team, Boucher managed the club through 1969, but after the 1967 season he turned over all duties associated with the team to current general manager Don Dennis. Dennis, summoned by Boucher from a newspaper post in Pueblo, CO, has been the organization's administrative leader since November of that year.    more...


The Chena River Area was first inhabited by Anglo-Americans at the beginning of the 20th Century.  The history of baseball in Fairbanks dates back to these early days of the town's founding.

In its very first year of existence as a temporary trading post, Fairbanks became a gold rush camp when the mineral was discovered by Felix Pedro.  After the gold rush settled down, the Defense Department invested millions into the area during WWII.  After the war, the discovery of oil in the North Slope brought a housing and building boom for Fairbanks.


The original trading camp has become a city teeming with activity.  Throughout the century, a main source of entertainment for the inhabitants was baseball.  Military and civilian teams were formed, and the Midnight Sun Game tradition was celebrated during the entire century and beyond.

The Alaska Goldpanners evolved out of the intense competition being fielded in the Midnight Sun Baseball League.  Immediately, the new club gained dominance in the local scene, and then very shortly thereafter the nation, becoming the national non-professional team in the early 1960s.  Six NBC championships later, the Goldpanners have cemented the Fairbanks team as the most successful non-professional club in baseball history.

 No other amateur team comes close to the nearly 200 players sent to the major leagues.  Among these are three Hall of Famers, Barry Bonds, Dave Winfield, and Tom Seaver -- who holds the record for highest vote percentage in MLB Hall of Fame balloting history. has teamed up with to tell more of this amazing town's story.  Click here for the Fairbanks Community Profile