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 David Clyde...

Overall first draft pick David Clyde, who was set to pitch in Growden Park in June of 1973, found himself instead pitching in Arlington Stadium for the Texas Rangers. This sort of meteoric rise is well known to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks. In fact, out of twenty one players to have made their professional debut in the majors, six are Goldpanners ! They are: Dave Winfield (June 1973 with San Diego), Eddie Bane (June 1972 with Minnesota), Dave Roberts (June 1971 with San Diego), Pete Broberg (June 1971 with Washington) , Steve Dunning (June 1967 with Cleveland) and Mike Adamson (June 1967 with Baltimore). One of the others to have made the leap, Burt Hooten, was the winning pitcher against the Goldpanners in the 1969 Midnight Sun Game!


TEN GOLDPANNERS WERE CALLED UP TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES IN BOTH 1988 & 1993




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Dave Dowling MLB#1



APPEARED ON SAME DAY:

Jim Sundberg
Eddie Bane
April 4, 1974

Chuck Baker
Don Reynolds
April 7, 1978

Mike Fuentes
Harold Reynolds
Sept. 2, 1983

Ben Hines
Dave Meier
April 3, 1984

Billy Bean
Joe Magrane
April 25, 1987

Brad Brink
Benji Figueroa
May 17, 1992

Pat Meares
Greg Brummett

May 2, 1993

Mike Kelly
Keith Lockhart

April 5, 1994

Todd Steverson
Gary Wilson

April 28, 1995

 


Brad Davis forced to borrow catchers gear for MLB debut

 Among the 1,400+ players and coaches to have donned a Goldpanners uniform through the 2013 season, hundreds have continued their careers into professional baseball, with 202 Goldpanners having made it all the way to the pinnacle of professional baseball in major leagues.  [Even more remarkable is that the number of overall MLB draft picks is almost equal to the total number of players on the Goldpanners all-time roster (some players having been given more than one draft pick)!   For more on this story, see the Goldpanners All-Time Draft List.]

The all-time team roster also includes many great coaches and field managers, including current MLB managers Don Wakamatsu (83) and Terry Francona (78).   A large number of Panners are currently coaching on the major league level.. although they are listed below according to their playing debut.  Ben Hines is the sole Goldpanners field manager to have ascended to a coaching position on the major league level without having first made the bigs as a player.

 In addition, there is an increasing number of Goldpanners ascending to the top of the game in MLB front offices.   Though they are not listed below, they are worthy of notice. The advancement seen by Goldpanner alums in the ranks of MLB personnel is an exciting recent development.  Securing such high-ranking, off-field MLB personnel positions is at least as much an accomplishment as achieving an on-field roster spot.   The current prospect watch in the personnel department is Larry Corrigan, who is rumored to be first in line for the Pittsburgh GM position, or "right up there".

Another off field department being overwhelmed by Goldpanners is in the scounting department.   Numerous Panners (not listed) have reached the pinnacle of the honorable scouting profession, representing MLB clubs around the world.  1982 player/coach Eddie Bane is perhaps the finest example of scouting excellence coming from the Panner roster.   Tim Kelly, 1985 field manager, is another accomplished scout.   He is currently living in Asia as part of his baseball scouting work.

Speaking of Asia: There are also many Goldpanners who have ascended to the top of the game in other nations, as well.   The Nippon League in Japan has hosted dozens of Goldpanners, and there is a growing number in other international leagues as well.. such as the Chinese Professional Baseball League, which is a rising star in the baseball world.

For Dan Pastorini (68), the top of the game was as starting quarterback for the Houston Oilers NFL franchise.

 

* = Coach at MLB level or Goldpanners coach following MLB career  
# = Chinese Professional Baseball League

DATE NAME GP YEARS MLB CLUB

 

 

 

 
06/18/61 Don Leppert* 1997 PIT
10/03/64 Dave Dowling 1963 STL
09/02/65 Dick Selma* 1978 NYM
09/11/65 Charlie Hartenstein 1963 CHC
04/26/66 Jimy Williams 1964 STL
09/03/66 Rick Monday 1964 KCA
04/13/67 Tom Seaver 1964-65 NYM
07/01/67 Mike Adamson 1966 BAL
07/05/67 Curt Motton 1964 BAL
07/27/67 Dan Frisella 1966 NYM
09/06/67 Graig Nettles 1964-65 MIN
09/07/67 Al Schmelz 1965 NYM
05/27/68 Mike Paul 1963 CLE
07/04/68 Andy Messersmith 1965 CAL
09/09/68 Eddie Leon 1965 CLE
06/25/69 Bill Lee 1966-67 BOS
04/09/70 Rich Hand 1967-68 CLE
04/24/70 Greg Garrett 1966 CAL
06/14/70 Steve Dunning 1969 CLE
09/09/70 Jim Nettles 1966-67 MIN
06/20/71 Pete Broberg 1969-70 WAS
06/23/71 Tom House 1968 ATL
07/30/71 Dave Kingman 1968-69 SFG
07/31/71 Jim Barr 1968-69 SFG
09/15/71 Don Rose 1966 NYM
09/19/71 Dan Pastorini (NFL) 1968 HOU
05/17/72 Bob Gallagher 1966-67-68 BOS
06/07/72 Dave Roberts 1970-71 SDP
07/31/72 Brent Strom 1967-68-69 NYM
09/10/72 Bob Boone 1966-67-68 PHI
04/08/73 John Andrews 1969 STL
04/09/73 Rich Troedson 1969-70-71 SDP
06/18/73 Dave Winfield 1971-72 SDP
07/04/73 Eddie Bane* 1982 MIN
07/19/73 Craig Caskey 1970-71 Mon
04/04/74 Jim Sundberg 1971 TEX
04/07/74 Mike Reinbach 1969 BAL
06/14/74 Steve Swisher 1972 CHC
07/27/74 Rusty Gerhardt 1971 SDP
04/08/75 Jim Umbarger 1972-73 TEX
06/14/75 Kerry Dineen 1972 NYY
05/15/76 Pete Redfern 1974-75 MIN
09/17/76 Gary Wheelock 1973 CAL
04/07/77 Steve Kemp 1974-75 DET
04/19/77 Floyd Bannister 1974-75 HOU
05/05/77 Jackson Todd 1972 NYM
04/07/78 Chuck Baker 1973-74 SDP
04/07/78 Don Reynolds 1973-74 SDP
06/29/78 Dwight Bernard* 1997 NYM
07/09/78 Dennis Littlejohn 1975 SFG
08/06/78 Scott Sanderson 1976-77 Mon
08/19/78 Bruce Robinson 1972-73-74-75 OAK
04/11/79 Eric Wilkins 1976 CLE
06/08/79 Dan Graham 1974 MIN
09/07/79 Sandy Whitol 1974 CLE
09/17/79 Dave Schuler 1974-75 CAL
04/11/80 Dave Smith 1975-76 HOU
06/01/80 Vance Law 1977 PIT
06/12/80 Mike Kinnunen 1976-77 MIN
06/28/80 Tim Lollar 1977 NYY
09/01/80 Bobby Mitchell 1976 LAD
09/04/80 Dave Edler 1977 SEA
09/06/80 Tim Wallach 1978 Mon
09/08/80 John Butcher 1976 TEX
09/20/80 Ken Phelps 1974 KCR
04/11/81 Dan Boone 1993-94-95-96 SDP
04/12/81 Tim Leary 1977-78 NYM
04/26/81 Danny Garcia 1974 KCR
05/20/81 Greg Harris 1975-76 NYM
08/19/81 Terry Francona 1978 Mon
09/02/81 Ron Roenicke 1976 LAD
09/09/81 Tim Tolman 1977 HOU
09/15/81 Dave Hostetler 1977 Mon
04/07/82 Ed Vande Berg 1978-79 SEA
04/09/82 Gary Rajsich 1975 NYM
07/06/82 Don Slaught 1979 KCR
09/11/82 Chris Codiroli 1977 OAK
09/12/82 Dave Baker 1975-76-77 TOR
04/05/83 Mike Couchee 1976 SDP
06/02/83 Kevin McReynolds 1980 SDP
09/02/83 Mike Fuentes 1979 Mon
09/02/83 Harold Reynolds 1980 SEA
09/13/83 Jeff Doyle 1976 STL
09/20/83 Marty Decker 1978 SDP
04/03/84 Ben Hines* 1978-79-80-81-82 LAD
04/03/84 Dave Meier 1979-80 MIN
04/05/84 Ron Romanick 1980 CAL
04/11/84 Alvin Davis 1979-80 SEA
06/02/84 Jeff Cornell 1978 SFG
07/28/84 Ed Amelung 1979-80 LAD
05/19/85 Oddibe McDowell 1982-83 TEX
06/26/85 Bob Sebra 1982 TEX
09/05/85 Kevin Romine 1981 BOS
04/11/86 Dan Plesac 1981 MIL
05/30/86 Barry Bonds 1983 PIT
07/19/86 Billy Moore 1983 Mon
09/02/86 Dave Cochrane 1981 CWS
09/05/86 Pat Dodson 1979 BOS
09/06/86 Brad Arnsberg 1983 NYY
04/25/87 Billy Bean 1985 DET
04/25/87 Joe Magrane 1983 STL
05/25/87 Shane Mack 1982-83 SDP
07/04/87 Mike Campbell 1984 SEA
07/02/87 Alex Madrid 1983 MIL
09/14/87 Dave Stapleton 1983 MIL
04/07/88 Don Heinkel 1980-81 STL
04/26/88 Craig Worthington 1984 BAL
06/02/88 Don August 1982 MIL
07/14/88 John Fishel 1984 HOU
07/20/88 Roger Samuels 1982 SFG
09/02/88 Luis Medina 1983-84 CLE
09/05/88 Mike Harkey 1986 CHC
09/12/88 Dennis Cook 1983 SFG
09/14/88 Chad Kreuter 1984 TEX
09/16/88 Steve Wilson 1983 TEX
04/05/89 Phil Stephenson 1980-81 CHC
06/07/89 Jeff Wetherby 1984 ATL
07/07/89 Mike Benjamin 1985 SFG
07/15/89 Kevin Ritz 1985 DET
08/19/89 Rob Richie 1985 DET
04/09/90 Tim Layana 1985 CIN
09/06/90 Paul Faries 1986 SDP
09/18/90 Brent Mayne 1986 KCR
09/02/90 Al Osuna 1986 HOU
05/07/91 Chris Donnels 1986 NYM
05/22/91 Don Wakamatsu 1983 CWS
05/25/91 Jose Mota 1984 SDP
06/16/91 Bret Barberie 1986 Mon
07/02/91 Mark Davis 1983-84 CAL
09/01/91 Tom Goodwin 1987 LAD
09/02/91 Ed Zosky 1986 TOR
05/17/92 Brad Brink 1984 PHI
05/17/92 Benji Figueroa 1983-84 STL
08/03/92 Doug Linton 1986 TOR
08/06/92 Shawn Barton 1983 SEA
08/19/92 Bret Boone 1988 SEA
05/05/93 Pat Meares 1989 MIN
05/29/93 Greg Brummett 1988 SFG
05/29/93 Kevin Higgins 1987 SDP
05/31/93 Daryl Scott 1987 CAL
07/28/93 Ty VanBurkleo 1984 CAL
08/13/93 Brian Turang 1987 SEA
09/01/93 Roger Smithberg 1987 OAK
09/04/93 Eric Helfand 1989 OAK
09/12/93 Bob Hamelin 1986 KCR
09/21/93 Marc Ronan 1988-89 STL
04/05/94 Mike Kelly 1989 ATL
04/05/94 Keith Lockhart 1985 SDP
04/19/94 Jeff Tabaka 1985 PIT
07/18/94 Eric Schullstrom 1988 MIN
04/28/95 Todd Steverson 1989 DET
04/28/95 Gary Wilson 1990-91 PIT
04/30/95 Steve Rodriguez 1990 BOS
05/08/95 Jason Giambi 1990 OAK
08/02/95 F.P. Santangelo 1988 Mon
09/10/95 Darrell May 1991 ATL
04/02/96 Dan Naulty 1989 MIN
05/18/96 Shad Williams 1990 CAL
09/06/96 Mike Robertson 1988 CWS
05/31/97 Jose Cruz Jr. 1993 SEA
09/03/97 Dan Rohrmeier 1986 SEA
03/31/98 Travis Lee 1993-94 ARI
04/02/98 Bobby Hughes 1989 MIL
06/09/99 Jacque Jones 1994 MIN
08/21/99 Adam Kennedy 1995 STL
08/27/99 Robert Ramsay 1993 SEA
09/03/99 Cole Liniak 1995 CHC
09/07/99 Jeff DaVanon 1992-94 ANA
08/29/00 Jerrod Riggan 1994-09-10-11 NYM
09/04/00 Todd Belitz 1996 OAK
09/07/00 Michael Young 1996 TEX
04/06/01 Christian Parker 1995 NYY
07/16/01 Adam Pettyjohn 1996 DET
09/19/01 Jason Phillips 1996 NYM
05/10/02 Jason Lane 1996-97 HOU
09/03/02 Jim Rushford 1994 MIL
06/26/03 Aaron Heilman 1998 NYM
09/02/03 Bobby Crosby 1999 OAK
07/02/04 David Bush 1999 TOR
09/08/04 Greg Dobbs 2000 SEA
04/16/05 Dave Gassner 2000 MIN
09/18/05 Ryan Garko 2000 CLE
07/02/07 Brendan Ryan 2002 STL
03/21/08 Sheng-Wei Wang # 2005 BRO
07/11/08 Mike Cervenak 1998 PHI
07/21/08 Brooks Conrad 1999-00 OAK
05/21/09 Kris Medlen 2005 ATL
05/23/09 Carlos Fisher 2004 CIN
09/01/09 Brian Jeroloman 2004 TOR
07/21/10 Brad Davis 2003 FLA
09/08/11 Chris Schwinden 2006 NYM
06/16/13 Jake Dunning 2008 SFG
06/13 Ryan Robowski 2008 DET

 

 

 

 

MLB Coaches, Executives an Scouting Heads Not Listed Above
 


 
coa Steve Hecht 1985 TEX
coa Ben Hines 1978-1981 LAD
coa Earl Frishman 1987 MIN
coa Sam Suplizio 1963-64 ANA
     
exe Dan Cassidy 2009 COL
exe Larry Corrigan 1986 PIT
exe Rick Ragazzo 1987 LAD
exe Alan Regier 1988 CWS
     
sco Jim Benedict 1973  
sco Stan Meek 1973  
sco Rick Oliver 1988  
sco Bill Schmidt 1985  


OTHER CPBL (Debut Date Unknown)
 


 

 
Wu Cheng-Hsien 2006 SIN
Mai Chia-yi 2006 UPL
Simon Kudernatsch 2010 GER
Enzo Muschik 2011 GER