Baseball is America’s pastime, and with long summer days, there are few things as enjoyable as sitting back with a hot dog in one hand, a cold beverage in the other and some peanuts to snack on while enjoying a baseball game. With the closest Major League Baseball team in Seattle, Anchorage residents can only attend the Alaska Baseball League to enjoy the wonders of a pitcher and batter facing off on a two strike and three balls count.
The ABL is made up of collegiate-level players. To be able to play in the ABL, players in the league must have attended one year of college and must have one year of NCAA eligibility remaining. Teams represent all areas of Alaska from the team in Fairbanks, the Alaska Goldpanners to Kenai home of the Peninsula Oilers. Anchorage has two teams in the ABL, the Anchorage Glacier Pilots and the Anchorage Bucs. These two teams play a double header every Fourth of July, capped off by a fireworks display.
Some notable baseball players that played in the ABL in the past are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jeff Kent and C.J. Wilson. For those in need of a break from those pesky summer classes, take a relaxing evening to enjoy the sounds and wonders of America’s pastime and be on the lookout for the next Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player.