DAVE WINFIELD - "I have probably never adequately thanked you and the entire Goldpanner family for giving me the oppportunity to live and play in Fairbanks. Even had I not achieved the level of success I now enjoy in professional baseball, I would still appreciate the opportunity as much.
BRAD SHAMES - "I'd like to take this time to thank you for considering me this past summer as part of the 1977 GOLDPANNERS. IT was a great experience as well as a great honor to be part of such a fine organization!"
JEFF G. DOYLE - "I thought I'd sit down and thank you for all you've done for me, especially my foot. I would also like to apologize for the way I displayed my ability to you and the fans of Fairbanks. I'm a much better ballplayer than what I showed and the fans and yourself deserved more than what they received. It was a privilege to play in Fairbanks and live with such great people as Dean and Judy Larreau."
TOM LUKISH - "Fall baseball is going real well and I want to thank you for everything this past summer. I learned quite a bit about both baseball and life. The friends I made will never be forgotten."
MICKEY WRIGHT "I'm writing to say thanks for giving me a chance to play in the Alaska League this past summer. I really had a great time and met some great people. It was a great experience and one I'll never forget."
MARK MARQUESS "Rob (Irwin) really enjoyed his summer and had nothing but good things to say about your whole organization. You run a class operation up there, and it is a pleasure to send you ballplayers."
JIM BROCK "I am making every effort to get our two best freshmen signed to a Fairbanks contract because I feel, at this time, Fairbanks is the best non-pro organization in the country."
TRACY HARRIS - "My dad likes to donate money to teams I've played with, so maybe I can get him to send along some help for the Goldpanners. last year he was going to give Washington State $5,000 toward its new stadium until I told him not to. Fairbanks helped my professional career twice as much as WSU."
SCOTT ROBINSON - "My season went okay, kind of up and down; down when my hitting instructors came into town, and up once they had left and I got back onto my own schedule. I just got back from Florida Instructional League where I did very well...and lived through my first hurricane. I hope you had a good summer. Tell Gero I said hello, maybe give him my email.
THAD TROEDSON - "I've been with you and the Goldpanners for 3 years now and I must say those have been the 3 most memorable years of my life. Especially 1976. I've never been on a national championship team and I can honestly testify that I've never experienced anything as wonderful in my life."
MARTY FRENCH - "Congratulations on another very successful Goldpanner season, and your 4th national title."
MARK NAEHRING - "I would like to express my sincere thanks to you and the Goldpanner organization for the great opportunity that you have given me. It was a real privilege playing for such a good organization. Winning the national championship was the best way to top off a great summer -- one which I will remember for a long time."
RON ROENICKE - "I had a great time and felt most welcomed by everyone on the Goldpanners even though I was with you for a short period. It was great being a Goldpanner and winning the national tournament in Wichita. Thanks for letting me be part of it."
STEVE LANE - "I was really happy for all the guys and the people of Fairbanks. They are all just super people. I also want to thank you for allowing me to be a "Goldpanner." This summer will always be one of my most unforgettable experiences, for many reasons. My only regret is that I didn't help the team any more than I did. Even though I didn't help the team much, I really grew up a lot. This was the first time in my life taht my baseball performance didn't turn out good."
GREG HARRIS -"I want to thank you again for having me play for you Panners. The competition there was just what I needed to prove to myself that I can pitch at that level. It had a lot to do with my signing. I really enjoyed playing in Alaska. I just wish I could play there again. I will never forget the experience I had playing in Alaska."
RYAN HAAG - "Just sitting in California getting ready to go back to school realizing how good
it was to be a goldpanner. I just wanted to thank you for the great summer that I had. I also wanted to ask you how to order the games in wichita on vhs as my dad wants to purchase them. By the way I have some hart boys that would love to play up there with me next summer.
RICH TROEDSON - "Congratulations on your most recent national championship. Ever since I left, you guys have been cleaning up. It doesn't say much for me."
KEN NOBLE -"I would like to express my sincere thanks for your consideration given me this last summer both at Palmer and with Fairbanks in Kamloops. Fairbanks is a class outfit which I admire very much."
SCOTT SANDERSON - "Thank you for allowing me to play for you this past summer. It was definately one of the highlites of my life, and will always be remembered."
BOB SHERWOOD - "I hope your recruiting for next summer goes well. I'll be spreading the name of Fairbanks wherever I go. There's just not a better place to play ball."
BRIAN HAYES - "Thank you for a most enjoyable year. I had many great experiences while I was with the Goldpanners. I hope you will ask me to play in Fairbanks next year as I'm very excited about the upcoming summer."
MARK LUCICH - "Congratulations are in order again I understand. This summer I stopped in Cooperstown and spent six hours in the Hall of Fame. Looked for the black bats with my name and stuff only to find out they only display last year's champions. And after all the times I bragged about being in the Hall of Fame -- what a letdown. Dave Rajsich played with me this summer and said his brother was in Fairbanks and, of course, I know who he stayed with. By the way, how is Joe?
RAND RASUMUSSEN - "Don - thanks so much for the return note...you are right, '72 was special for all of us involved...wish i could go back and do it all over again...talked with my son matt, and he has decided to go and play in the wyoming-colorad league this summer instead...not because of anything except the following...still getting over a back injury, wants to make sure that he is at full strength before coming to alaska..wouldn't want to go to a place of that magnitude without making sure he is physically at the top of his game...i will hold on to the phone numbers that you gave me and will contact them way in advance of the following summer...he is hoping to have a solid year at school and this summer which will make him even more attractive for the following summer...once again thanks for all that you did! Would appreciate any email address's of the guys from ' 72."
AL STRANE - "Todd Congratulations on a great website. By the way I would like to locate the whereabouts of one of my former teammates Bob Gallaher. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks Al"