On Thursday it was 24 hours of baseball in Alaska for the summer solstice. Major League Baseball partnered with the American Legion, PONY Baseball and Softball, USA Baseball, and USA Softball to host a variety of baseball and softball games and activities during Alaska’s 24-hours of sunlight on the first official day of summer. The festivities included the 113th Midnight Sun Game, which is held every year for the summer solstice. The game features the collegiate summer team, the Alaska Goldpanners, and another worthy opponent, generally another college summer league or NCAA team. The game begins at 10:30 pm every year.
This year’s special guests included Abe Key, MLB’s vice president for baseball and softball development, and Billy Bean, MLB’s vice president and special assistant to the Commissioner. Bean was a Goldpanners’ player in 1985.
What could be better than 24 hours of non-stop baseball?