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1975 World Series
1975 Roster | Jim Dietz • Bud Hollowell • Ed Olsen // Gary Armstrong • Dave Baker • Floyd Bannister • Alan Belasco • Ralph Billings • Pat Corcoran • Jeff Ellison • Greg Harris • Tracy Harris • John Hoscheidt • Frank Hunsaker • Steve Kemp • Marty Kunkler • Dennis Littlejohn • Mark Naehring • Grant O'Dell • Gary Rajcich • Pete Redfern • Larry Reynolds • Bruce Robinson • Harry Rose • Dennis Sandoval • Dave Schuler • Dave Smith • Ron Smith • Wayne Steele • Doug Stokke • Clarence Syers • Thad Troedson • Chick Valley • Tom Vessey • Dartt Wagner • Steve Whitehead • Steve Wilkens • Mike Williamson • John Yandle | All-Time Roster • All-Time Lineups
The Boulder, Colo., Collegians snapped Fairbanks, Alaska's string of three straight NBC tournament championships with a 6-4 victory over Fairbanks in the title game. Designated hitter Terry Bogener and shortstop Wayne Krenchicki blasted homers in the game, helping Boulder to its third national championship in 10 years. Right-handed pitcher Don Hannah hurled a complete game, allowing seven hits and only one earned run. Boulder traied 4-2 going into the bottom of the eight inning, but the Collegians rallied for four runs. Krenchicki's two-run homer provided the go-ahead runs. Boulder right fielder Mike Colbern was chosen as the tourney's Most Valuable Player while the Collegians' Hannah was the most outstanding pitcher.
PANNERS JUST MISS PRIZE IN '75
Ed Olsen (l), Paul W. Deese (m) and Ben Hines
The 1975 Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks won the Alaska World Series, once again captured the Canada International Tournament, breezed into the NBC Far West Regional, put together a 17-game winning streak, racked up 51 victories but couldn't quite climb into the national championship winner's circle for the record fourth straight year.
Following national championship seasons in 1972, 1973 and 1974, the 1975 edition of Goldpanners played under extreme pressure throughout the season. Once in the nationals they plowed through all opposition except the pesky Boulder, Colo., Collegians -- who were managed by 1978-79-80-81-82 Goldpanners field manager Ben Hines.
With the Panners and Bouler the only unbeatens in the double-elimination event, the Collegians wiped out a 5-4 deficit to post an 8-5 win. Then when the Panners received another shot at Boulder after dusting off arch-rival Anchorage, the Collegians rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to secure a 6-4 victory and end the Panners' reign.
1975 NBC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
|Catcher||Reggie Baldwin, Anchorage||Second Base||Jeff Ellison, Goldpanners|
|Catcher||Dennis Littlejohn, Goldpanners||Third Base||Doug Stokke, Goldpanners|
|Pitcher||Floyd Bannister, Goldpanners||Shortstop||Wayne Krenchicki, Boulder|
|Pitcher||Larry Jones, Anchorage||Outfield||Steve Kemp, Goldpanners|
|Pitcher||Jim Lysgaard, Eureka||Outfield||Don Zimmerman, Anchorage|
|Pitcher||Dan Boone, Anchorage||Outfield||Mike Colbern, Boulder|
|First Base||Howie Schryer, Grand Rapids||Utility||Mike Hildebrandt, Kenai|
|DH||Dan Massari, Liberal|
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
|Player||Mike Colbern, Boulder||Pitcher||Jim Hannah, Boulder|