The Alaska Goldpanners take the field in June for their 60th season of summer college baseball.

The Goldpanners are going into their fourth year as an independent program after playing in the Alaska Baseball League for more than 50 years.

The Goldpanners’ first month of action is highlighted by 114th annual W.G. and Eddie Stroecker Midnight Sun Game on Friday, June 21 at Growden Memorial Park at Second Avenue and Wilbur Street.

This year’s matchup against the Seattle Studs starts at 10 p.m., and will be played entirely without artificial lights.

The Midnight Sun Game has been featured in the Sporting News, Grantland and Sports Illustrated, and on ESPN’s SportsCenter. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, declared the game on Summer Solstice a must-see event for baseball fans.

The Goldpanners, who went 27-12-1 last season under first-year manager Miles Kizer, from Western Oregon University, have only lost the Midnight Sun game 12 times since they took over the tradition in 1960.

The tradition began in 1906 as a bar bet between the Eagles and the California Bar, led by Eddie Stroecker, who is nicknamed, “Father of the Midnight Sun Game.”

One of the traditions of the game is to sing the Alaska Flag Song during the half inning closest to midnight.

The mostly college athletes who play for the Goldpanners use wood bats.

More than 200 former Goldpanners have gone on to play in the major leagues. The list of Goldpanners alumni includes Baseball Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Dave Winfield. Other notable MLB players who have donned the Goldpanners uniform include Barry Bonds, Dave Kingman, Terry Francona and Dave Lee.

The 2019 season for the Goldpanners begins with a series June 7 and 8 against the Northwest Honkers in Fall City, Washington, near Seattle.

After the two-game set against the Honkers, the Goldpanners have a 12-game homestand that includes the Midnight Sun Game.

The Goldpanners face an all-star team from the Fairbanks Men’s League at 7 p.m., June 11 and host the San Diego Waves for seven games from June 12-18. Each game against the Waves begins at 7 p.m., except the June 13 contest, which starts at 3 p.m.

The Midnight Sun Game is part of a four-game stretch against the Studs. The games against Seattle on June 20 and 22 each begin at 7 p.m., and the June 23 series finale starts at 3 p.m.

The Goldpanners play 41 games this season. The team’s complete schedule is available at goldpanners.com.By Danny Martin

dmartin@newsminer.com

The Alaska Goldpanners take the field in June for their 60th season of summer college baseball.

The Goldpanners are going into their fourth year as an independent program after playing in the Alaska Baseball League for more than 50 years.

The Goldpanners’ first month of action is highlighted by 114th annual W.G. and Eddie Stroecker Midnight Sun Game on Friday, June 21 at Growden Memorial Park at Second Avenue and Wilbur Street.

This year’s matchup against the Seattle Studs starts at 10 p.m., and will be played entirely without artificial lights.

The Midnight Sun Game has been featured in the Sporting News, Grantland and Sports Illustrated, and on ESPN’s SportsCenter. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, declared the game on Summer Solstice a must-see event for baseball fans.

The Goldpanners, who went 27-12-1 last season under first-year manager Miles Kizer, from Western Oregon University, have only lost the Midnight Sun game 12 times since they took over the tradition in 1960.

The tradition began in 1906 as a bar bet between the Eagles and the California Bar, led by Eddie Stroecker, who is nicknamed, “Father of the Midnight Sun Game.”

One of the traditions of the game is to sing the Alaska Flag Song during the half inning closest to midnight.

The mostly college athletes who play for the Goldpanners use wood bats.

More than 200 former Goldpanners have gone on to play in the major leagues. The list of Goldpanners alumni includes Baseball Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Dave Winfield. Other notable MLB players who have donned the Goldpanners uniform include Barry Bonds, Dave Kingman, Terry Francona and Dave Lee.

The 2019 season for the Goldpanners begins with a series June 7 and 8 against the Northwest Honkers in Fall City, Washington, near Seattle.

After the two-game set against the Honkers, the Goldpanners have a 12-game homestand that includes the Midnight Sun Game.

The Goldpanners face an all-star team from the Fairbanks Men’s League at 7 p.m., June 11 and host the San Diego Waves for seven games from June 12-18. Each game against the Waves begins at 7 p.m., except the June 13 contest, which starts at 3 p.m.

The Midnight Sun Game is part of a four-game stretch against the Studs. The games against Seattle on June 20 and 22 each begin at 7 p.m., and the June 23 series finale starts at 3 p.m.

The Goldpanners play 41 games this season. The team’s complete schedule is available at goldpanners.com.