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Play Ball AK Daily Empire 5-17-18
Image credit: The Alaska daily empire. (Juneau, Alaska), 17 May 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020657/1918-05-17/ed-1/seq-8/>

Greetings from Anchorage, readers!

While baseball season is well underway in the Lower 48, with March 28 marking Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, June 6 marked opening day of the Alaska Baseball League.

The Alaska Baseball League has a rich history: 1906 saw the first annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game, held on the summer solstice beginning at 10:30 p.m. and lasted until well past midnight, the field illuminated solely by sunlight.

The Alaska Baseball League, an amateur collegiate summer baseball league, currently represents 5 teams: the Anchorage Bucs (formerly the Cook Inlet Bucs), the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, the Mat-Su Miners of Palmer, and the Peninsula Oilers of Kenai.

On opening day, the Anchorage Bucs faced off against the Peninsula Oilers at Mulcahy Stadium. The game started off rather rainy, but the Bucs beat the Oilers 11-1. A thrilling start of the Alaska baseball season!

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Play Ball AK Daily Empire 5-16-18
Image credit: The Alaska daily empire. (Juneau, Alaska), 16 May 1918. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84020657/1918-05-16/ed-1/seq-8/>

 

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