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Alaskan Baseball: Summer in the ABL

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The eight-starred Alaskan state flag serves as the centerfield backdrop at Fairbanks' Growden Memorial Park, home of the Goldpanners and the Midnight Sun Game -- Near midnight on each summer solstice, the game -- which begins at 10:30 p.m. with no use of artificial lights, and is the signature event of the Alaskan Baseball League -- is interrupted for a ceremony that includes the signing of the state song, Alaska's Flag. The song's last two lines are: Alaska's flag--to Alaskans dear/ The simple flag of a last frontier.
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