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Despite collecting only four hits in the championship game, Wichita Service Auto Glass was able to defeat the Goldpanners 6-1 for the NBC national crown. Service Auto scored five runs against a pair of highly-touted Alaska pitchers, Skip Hancock and Tom Seaver. Seaver pitched for 20 years in the major leagues, and was inducted into the major league hall of fame with the all-time highest percentage in 1992. He allowed three runs in only 2 1/3 innings against Service Auto, however. The Glassmen batted only .218 in the tournament, but received some outstanding pitching, especially from reliever John Gabler, who won three games. He pitched four innings of two-hit relief in the championship game. The tourney's Most Valuable Player was third baseman Dick Sanders of Service Auto, a Wichita native who drove home seven runs.
NBC HARVEST OF TROPHIES:
National Runnerup. Most Aggresive Team.
Best Dressed Team. No.1 District Champion. Team Traveling the Farthest.
Best Offensive Team. Most Extra Base Hits. Leading Home Run Hitter (Graig Nettles). Individual Sportsmanship Award (Sam Suplizio).
All-American Team Members: Bud Hollowell, c; Tom Seaver, p;
Gary Sutherland, 2b; Buddy Bovender, 3b; Graig Nettles, of.
1964 NBC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
|Catcher||Clyde Girrens, Wichita Moore||Second Base||Gary Sutherland, Goldpanners|
|Catcher||Bud Hollowell, Goldpanners||Third Base||Buddy Bovender, Goldpanners|
|Pitcher||Cecil Robinson, Greensboro||Shortstop||Ray Henningsen, Bellingham|
|Pitcher||Don Sutton, Wyoming||Outfield||Dick Sanders, Wichita Glass|
|Pitcher||Jan Dukes, Bellingham||Outfield||Graig Nettles, Goldpanners|
|Pitcher||Tom Seaver, Goldpanners||Outfield||Walt Napier, Eureka|
|Pitcher||Lamont Echols, West Point||Utility||Don Wright, Wyoming|
|First Base||Mike Trapani, Ponchatoula||Utility||Don Lauters, Eureka|
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
|Pitcher||Dick Sanders, Wichita Glass|
"Alaska Goldpanners Add to Their Laurels"
| The Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks had to settle for second place in the 1964 National Baseball Congress Tournament but again set a new record for team and individual awards with a total of 16. |
Organized in 1960 by H.A. (Red) Boucher, owner of Pan-Alaska, Inc., Rawlings dealer in Fairbanks, the Goldpanners made their first appearance in the NBC Tournament in 1962 and surprised everyone by finishing second and by setting a new NBC record in winning 12 team and individual awards. A year later the Alaskan entry won third place honors but upped their awards to a new high of 13.
In each of the last three tournaments, the Goldpanners, attractively attired in Rawlings uniforms, have been named the "Best Dressed" team of the tournament.
| Other honors accorded them during one or more of these years have been Non- Pro Team of the Year, Most Aggressive Team, Most Popular Team, Team Traveling Farthest, Best Young Team, Best Offensive Team and Best Defensive Team. Individual awards have been for Most Valuable Player, Most Popular Player, Sportsmanship, Leading Hitter, Leading Pitcher and Home Run Leader. In addition ten of the Goldpanners have been named to the NBC All American Teams and Red Boucher was named NBC Manager of the Year in 1962. |
The Goldpanners played a 40-game schedule in 1964, flying in teams from the United States for most of these games.
Rawlings Magazine, 1964