Baseball, Alaska, and a sun that won’t quit

It was a great day for baseball in Alaska last night.

Yesterday, of course, was the summer solstice and the longest day of the year.

In Alaska, tradition requires playing the game in the midnight sun.

There’s nothing better than sitting in the stands at a baseball game as the sun sets …. at 12:47 a.m.

3,531 fans showed up to watch the San Diego Waves beat the Alaska Gold Panners 4-to-2.

The teams play a doubleheader today.

Related: Baseball In Alaska: No Night Games, Even At Night (Mark Purdy)

  • Gary F

    Years ago on Comedy Central there was a show called “Insomniac” where some guy would show you what goes on across America after midnight. He did a segment on Alaska at the solstice. People golfing and lots of outdoor recreation, it looked like fun.


    Hhhhmmm, a baseball game too. Maybe I should move this trip up a little higher on my bucket list.

    • Jerry

      Dave Atell

  • Zachary

    Alaskans are weird, that’s for sure. And I mean that in the best possible way – being able to deal with the odd seasonal quirks and having to fly in everywhere… sounds great.

  • Angry Jonny

    Reminds me of the episode of Northern Exposure where Joel crashed during the big game after staying awake for days on end during the solstice.