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1997 Alaska Goldpanners
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BOUCHER, DENNIS SPAN PANNERS' HISTORY
1997 GOLDPANNER YEARBOOK & STATISTICAL RECORD

H.A. 'Red' Boucher founded the Alaska Goldpanners in 1960 under the sponsorship of his local sporting goods store. The team, then known as the Pan Alaska Goldpanners, joined the North of the Range League and used primarily local players but did have five young recruits from the University of Arizona.

Boucher, with a great assist from his wife Heida, virtually ran the club single-handedly from its inception through the first three seasons. But a big change came at the end of the '62 campaign when the Panners went to the National Baseball Congress Tournament and astounded all by staying in the competition. The need for funds to maintain the stay, an eventual second place finish, led to the community involvement which was to spawn today's organization.

After founding the team, Boucher managed the club through 1969, but after the 1967 season he turned over all duties associated with the team to current general manager Don Dennis. Dennis, summoned by Boucher from a newspaper post in Pueblo, CO, has been the organization's administrative leader since November of that year.

"It was typical Boucher," Dennis says of his assignment with the Panners. "He first started trying to get me to Fairbanks after playing our club in Grand Junction in 1964, and just didn't give up until he talked me into it."

The plea that finally lured Dennis to Fairbanks was a passionate call from his then good friend Boucher with a tale of financial woe for the club caused by the disastrous Fairbanks flood of August, 1967.

Each of the Panners' leaders had parallel careers, of course. Boucher had a highly successful political career as Fairbanks City Councilman, Fairbanks Mayor and in 1970 being elected the state's first Lieutenant Governor (name change from Secretary of State).

Dennis, meanwhile, joined the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and served as its Editor-In-Chief from 1971-76 before moving on into business management and currently serves as General Manager for Tundra Tours, Inc., a whole owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.

The Goldpanners won 337 games in Boucher's 10 years as the on-field manager. Despite failing to win a national championship, the dynamic Boucher was busy boosting the Panners toward the top. His top-flight promotion and flair for publicity heaped attention upon the Goldpanners and Fairbanks.

The team, under Dennis, had continued in the tradition established by Boucher. The Goldpanners were clearly the dominant non-professional team in America throughout the 1970's. In 1971 the club finished national runnerup but then became the first non-professional team to win three nationals in a row before finishing second in 1975. It was another national championship in 1976 and another second place finish in 1977. The team did not seek the national title in either 1978 or 1979 but in 1980 it returned to the championships and claimed its record fifth crown.

Combined, Boucher and Dennis have given the Goldpanners 43 years of leadership as 2000 marks Dennis' 33rd season with the organization.

1997 GOLDPANNER YEARBOOK & STATISTICAL RECORD