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Boucher's Vision Changed Baseball in Alaska - “We had a remarkable relationship from the moment I met him in 1964,” Dennis said. “He was one of those guys that when you met him you knew you would never forget him. There are so few who genuinely stand out that way.” His family said Boucher earned his lifelong nickname after President Franklin Roosevelt met the red-haired boy and said, “They ought to call you Red.” The family said he ended up in Alaska after campaigning for a young senator from Massachusetts by the name of John F. Kennedy, who told him there was great potential in the far north territory.
Film Details Red Boucher's Involvement in Alaskan Baseball - As one Goldpanners player left the theater, he looked at another, both still in uniform, and said, “That was like my story.”
Major League Baseball recognizes The Alaska Goldpanners and Red Boucher "The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting a day-long salute to Alaska today, highlighted by the appearance of Alaska Goldpanners founder H.A. Red Boucher in a special edition of Sandlot Stories ."
BOUCHER FULFILLS PROMISE TO BRING “BEST NON-PRO BASEBALL” TO ALASKA IN 1964
“The best non-pro baseball in
Not only did the Goldpanners fulfill the promise of Manager Boucher, they also provided “the best in non-pro baseball” to other areas of the country. The best in 1964, as provided by the National Baseball Congress tournament, were the Wichita (Kas.) Service Auto Glassmen, the Goldpanners, the Bellingham (Wash.) Bells-Giants, and the Eureka (Calif.) Humboldt-Crabs.
These four teams, along with the Grand Junction (Colo.) Eagles, were, in a sense, joined in a five team, five-state “league” with all five teams playing in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bellingham, Wash. Excepts for Bellingham, all teams also played in Grand Junction, Colo.
The “league” was actually an unexpected aftermath of the Goldpanner scheduling. After the Goldpanner schedules were drawn up, the various teams sought ways to cover some of their expenses to Seattle, at which point the Goldpanners picked up the bill. This resulted in Bellingham scheduling the teams either en route to, or on their return from, Alaska.
As the results of the games were passed between the newspapers covering each team, it became evident that there was enough competition between the teams to consider the group as a “league.” Thus the Goldpanners were the influence behind the “best in non-pro baseball” being played in Bellingham and Grand Junction as well as in Interior Alaska. “ (Stan Caufield, 1965 NBC Program)
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"The enthusiasm coach Boucher displayed instilled a great sense of pride in all his players, so much so in fact, that there still remains a feeling of brotherhood among us fortunate enough to have played for him." - Tom Seaver
H.A. (Red) Boucher, president of Alaska Wireless Inc., will give the commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of letters degree. Boucher, 82, "represents the first wave of the new pioneers of Alaska, whose leadership has created the infrastructure to help better govern the state," the university said. Boucher founded the Alaska Goldpanner college-level baseball team, and about 170 of its players went on to play Major League baseball. He was mayor of Fairbanks, lieutenant governor of Alaska under Gov. William Egan, and a state representative from Anchorage."
Goldpanners Statistics 1960-1969
2001 w/ Todd Dennis
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1970 Red Boucher Day
Sutherland, Herbst, Austin, Hollowell, J. Boucher