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  • National Second Place

  • Championship: NBC District One

  • Championship: Alaska State Tournament

  • Award: Team Traveling the Farthest

  • Award: Best Dressed Team

  • Award: Best Offensive Team

  • Award: Most Aggressive Team

  • Award: Most Extra Base Hits

  • Award: Leading Home Run Hitter - Graig Nettles

  • Award: Individual Sportsmanship - Sam Suplizio

  • All-America Team Members: Bud Hollowell, c; Tom Seaver, p; Gary Sutherland, 2b; Buddy Bovender, 3b; Graig Nettles, of.

  • Record: First Game in AK Under Artificial Lights

1964 Alaska Goldpanners
Roster Statistics Results Schedule NBC

1964 Official Yearbook


1964 Roster | H.A. 'Red' BoucherMike Stepovich //  Jim Aguilar • Tony Alesci • Joe Austin • Phil Blackwell • Buddy Bovender • Steve Clark • Ron Drago • Gary Dixon • Larry Elliot • Skip Hancock • John Herbst • Bud HollowellGeorge Mies Rick Monday • Curt Motton • Graig Nettles • Mike Paul • Walt Peterson • Don Reed • Bob Rossin • Tom Seaver • Dennis Smith • Sam Suplizio • Gary Sutherland • Butch Thompson • Jim Visher • Jimy WilliamsEmmitt Wilson • Don Yates | All-Time RosterAll-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.”

  • Tom Seaver hits grand slam in Panners win

  • June 19, 1964:  Sec Taylor, Sittin' In With the Athletes


First Game Ever Played in Alaska Under Artificial Lights

"Alaska Goldpanners Add to Their Laurels"
Rawlings Magazine, 1964

    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 tournament, 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.

TRAVELING - The Goldpanners, now set up at the Town House Motel in Wichita, Kans., while playing for the National Baseball title, found various means to relax while traveling across the western states.  Bob Maxwell, left, followed the trip with a road map while Mike Paul, standing, would kibitz the card games in the center of the bus.  Curt Motten can be seen facing the camera while John Herbst watches intently while sitting on the armrest across the aisle."

Tom Seaver

Graig Nettles

Jimy Williams

Rick Monday

Butch Thompson

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At Wichita

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Skip Hancock, Walt Peterson, Red Boucher
At Wichita

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1964 Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks

Top row, from left: u/k, Buddy Hollowell, John Herbst, Graig Nettles (SDSU), Rick Monday (ASU), u/k, u/k, Bob Maxwell. Bottom row, from left: Tom Seaver (USC), u/k, u/k, manager 'Red' Boucher, u/k, Emmitt Wilson, Gary Sutherland


Left, from top: Joe Austin, John Herbst, Rick Monday, Butch Thompson, Steve Clark, Skip Hancock and Walt Peterson.   Middle, from left: Mike Stepovich, Tom Seaver, Bob Maxwell, Phil Blackwell, Graig Nettles, Dennis Smith, and Gary Sutherland.  Bottom, from left: Bud Hollowell, Curtell Motton, Buddy Bovender, H.A. (Red) Boucher, Sam Suplizio, Jimy Williams and Mike Paul.  Batboys: Tommy Alexander and Wolfgang Fischer.


Rick Monday

Two-time All Star, All-Time Hero

"30 years ago — on April 25, 1976, in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium — he refused to stand by and allow two protesting punks to burn the American flag on the outfield grass. “I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t have done the same thing, if they were in the same position,” Monday was saying the other day from Los Angeles, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday as the Dodgers celebrated the anniversary of his heroics with a video tribute. “I’m just glad I was close enough to do something about it.'’



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2004 Yearbook Bonus Cards
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1964 Goldpanners (34-19)
1BJoe Austin .349
2BGary Sutherland .365
3BBob Maxwell .285
SSEmmitt Wilson .313
OFRick Monday .235
OFGraig Nettles .272
OFDennis Smith .280
CBuddy Hollowell  .316
UTCurt Motton .286
SPMike Paul 2.25
SPJohn Herbst 2.50
SPSkip Hancock 3.41
SPDon Yates 3.64
RPTom Seaver 4.27
Team Batting Average             .283
Team Earned Run Average    3.42

Rick Monday, of-1b, Curt Motton, of, Graig Nettles, of, Mike Paul, p, Tom Seaver, p, Gary Sutherland, 2b, Jimy Williams, ss





10-5 Loss vs. Grand Junction, CO, Eagles



Mike Stepovich, Chair Larry Meath
Ernie Carter Ed Orbeck
Charles Cole C.W. (Bill) Snedden
Bob Dixon Bill Stroecker
Joe Franich 


General Manager H.A. (Red) Boucher
Publicity Stan Caulfield
  Dick Lobdell
Business Manager Ron Wood
  Dick Ward
  Don Bettinger