Diamonds in the Rough, by Lew Freedman
After winning statehood in 1959, Alaska attracted thousands of collegiate stars who played for colorful teams such as the Fairbanks Goldpanners, Alaska Glacier Pilots, Peninsula Oilers, North Pole Nicks, and Anchorage Bucs. Hundreds went on to major leagues, including Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, home-run king Mark McGwire, and fireball pitcher Randy Johnson. Diamonds in the Rough (192 pages) chronicles the excitement and passion of these young superstars. And nowhere else is there an event like the annual Midnight Sun Game. Played in Fairbanks on June 21, the longest day of the year, it starts at 10:30 p.m. and continues until the next day, with no stadium lights.
“Just when one believes that all possible subjects for a baseball book have been exhausted along comes a book like Diamonds in the Rough…”
–Richard Miller, Sports Collectors Digest
Lew Freedman (born 1951) is a sportswriter and former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, and The Republic in Columbus, Indiana. He has worked on the staffs of the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Florida Times-Union, and has authored over six dozen books.
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