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Top Row, from left: uk, Andy Messersmith, John Stewart, uk, uk, John Herbst, Al Schmelz, uk, Rich Johnson, uk, George Mies. Bottom row, from left: uk, uk, Steve Sogge, Dan Frisella, Graig Nettles, H.A. "Red" Boucher, George Mies, uk, Pat Harrison, uk, Johnny Boucher. (uk = pending investigation)
1965 Roster | H.A. 'Red' Boucher // Steve Barber • Phil Blackwell • Tom Brogan • Bob Christiensen • Dan Frisella • Ed Gagle • Pat Harrison • Ray Henningsen • John Herbst • Rich Johnson • Jan Kleinman • Eddie Leon • Bob Maxwell • Andy Messersmith • George Mies • Graig Nettles • Pat O'Brien • Mike Paul • Al Schmelz • Tom Seaver • Steve Sogge • Ed Southard • John Stewart • Emmitt Wilson | All-Time Roster • All-Time Lineups
6/26/9: All you ever wanted to know about Tom Seaver in Fairbanks ("The reincarnation of Christy Mathewson") "The impossible seemed to have occurred. Seaver’s 11-2 record at Fresno City College earned the recruiting attention of Rod Dedeaux. He was a legitimate fastball artist. Dedeaux called him the “phee-nom from San Joaquin.” But Dedeaux needed to know for sure that he could compete for the Trojans. “I only have five scholarships to give out,” the coach told him. Before the ride would be offered, Seaver would have to prove himself with the Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners.
Today, collegiate summer baseball is a well-known commodity. Many scouts place more credence on a player’s performance in one of these leagues than they do on their college seasons. The Cape Cod League uses only wooden bats, which proves to be a great equalizer for pitchers and a shock for aluminum-bat sluggers who find themselves batting .250 on the Cape. Summer ball has a long tradition in Canada, where American collegians test themselves in such exotic locales as Red Deer, Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton. The Kamloops International Tournament in British Columbia has attracted some of the fastest baseball for decades. The Jayhawk League, consisting of teams from Boulder, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, plus Kansas and Iowa, was once a leading destination for college players. The California Collegiate Summer League, consisting of teams from the Humboldt Crabs in the north to the San Diego Aztecs in the south, has produced many stars in its various forms over the years.
But the Alaskan Summer Collegiate League is the most legendary. Over time, the league became the Alaska-Hawaii League, with teams flying in for extended road trips on the islands and the “land of the midnight sun.”
“The team was put together by a man named Red Boucher,” said former Met pitcher Danny Frisella, who was a teammate of Seaver’s in Fairbanks. Boucher was the Mayor of Fairbanks. “He got all the best young ball players up there.” Andy Messersmith of the University of California became a 20-game winner with the California Angels. Mike Paul pitched for Cleveland. Graig Nettles played for Minnesota. USC quarterback Steve Sogge, a baseball catcher, played on that team. Rick Monday was an All-American at Arizona State, where he was a teammate of Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando in a program that captured the 1965 National Championship (also producing Mets’ pitcher Gary Gentry). In the very first amateur draft ever held in 1965, Monday became the first player chosen, by the Kansas City A’s.
“Monday was there the year I was and he couldn’t even make our team,” said Frisella. “I think 13 guys were signed off that team. It was semi-pro ball, and we played eight games a week. We didn’t get paid. Not for playing ball. But I earned $650 a month for pulling a lever on a dump truck. And I didn’t have to pull the lever too often.”s
1965 Midnight Sun Game - Fairbanks, Alaska | Tom Seaver and George Mies Against USC Trojans
The Sporting News: Ex-Goldpanners Seaver and Frisella Strike it Rich with New York Mets (1967) "Seaver and Frisella recall happily their days in Alaska with the Goldpanners. "Alaska is something else," said Seaver. "You can't realize what a magnificient place it is unless you have been there. And it's a lot different than most people picture it. I can remember waking up one night at 3 o'clock. I saw the sun coming through the windows and my first thought was that I'd overslept and blown my job."
Proclamation - USC Days in Fairbanks
Rick Monday 1st 1st KCA
NATIONAL BASEBALL CONGRESS TOURNAMENT:
National Fourth Place (Record - 4-2 ; NBC Champions - Wichita, Kan., Dreamliners
FIRST SCHEDULE OF ALL OUTSIDE TEAMS
PLAYERS TO MLB
Team Batting Average .280
MIDNIGHT SUN GAME