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Touching the Game Alaska airing on KTOO

Touching the Game Alaska will be airing tonight (Tuesday 11/09/2010) on the KTOO-TV PBS affiliates in Alaska at 8 pm Alaska time (that’s Midnight on the East Coast). You can also watch the broadcast streamed live at www.360north.org

Players from Touching the Game, Alaska – Where are they now?

If anyone is looking for proof that the Alaska Baseball League still produces top notch talent, they can just purchase a copy of our Touching the Game, Alaska DVD.  Many of the players featured in the film had terrific seasons in 2010.  As far as the Alaska League players we talked to and followed during the summers of 2006 & 2007, we had our first one make it to the Major Leagues.  Pitcher Robbie Weinhardt who played for Athletes-in-Action in ’06 was called up to the Detroit Tigers in mid-season and appeared in 27 games. Most of the other players are at the AA level, but are moving up. Former Goldpanner Beau Mills who we featured in the film had an up and down 2010. Playing for (AA) Akron, Beau got off to a poor start at the plate, then after an injury and some off the field problems, rebounded to finish the season strong.  Look for him to be at (AAA) Columbus next year. Beau’s former high school and Panner teammate Chris Schwinden made a big jump to (AA) Binghamton this year and was one of their top starters. 2006 Midnight Sun Game winner Chris Kissock also made the jump to (AA) Reading. He was also selected to play in this year’s prospect-rich Arizona Fall League.  A couple of Peninsula Oilers who appear in the film have also reached the AA level, pitcher Andre Lamontagne with (AA) Huntsville and infielder Jake Kahaulelio with (AA) Carolina.  Kahaulelio, who lead the Oilers to the 2006 ABL title, is making the switch from SS to 2B.

Some of the Alaska League alumni in Touching the Game already in the Major Leagues had huge years in 2010. Congrats to former Goldpanner Michael Young and former Anchorage Buc C.J.Wilson, as they were significant parts of the AL West winning Texas Rangers. Wilson has become one of the Rangers top starting pitchers.  A couple more former Bucs had terrific seasons as well.  Jered Weaver has become the ace of the Angels staff and was second in the ML in strikeouts, and Heath Bell had a monster season as the Padres closer with 44 saves and an ERA under 2.00. Finally, it’s great to see former Mat-Su Miner Jed Lowrie back playing with the Red Sox.  After a year and a half of injuries, he’s looking again like the prospect the Sox drafted out of Stanford.

“Touching the Game” films make great gifts this holiday season!

Any fan of baseball or documentary films in general will love our inside looks at two of the most significant amateur baseball leagues in the U.S. The Cape Cod Baseball league and the Alaska Baseball League have been providing starting grounds for countless Major League stars.  See what the leagues are all about, and hear from those Major Leaguers who experienced them.  “Touching the Game, The Story of The Cape Cod Baseball League” and “Touching the Game, Alaska” are both feature-length documentaries that bring you to parts of the country where summer baseball is a tradition.  Meet the people and watch the players that make these leagues a true slice of Americana.  Both DVDs also contain many “extra” features you will enjoy as well.  You can order either DVD individually, but the best deal comes if you order both Touching the Game films. Right now, you can purchase both DVDs together for just $34.95. Just go here, to give the gift of baseball this holiday season!

Legendary Coach Ed Cheff retires.

Long time college and Alaska Baseball coach Ed Cheff retired after 34 years at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.  Cheff was one of our stories in Touching the Game, Alaska.  We had the rare opportunity to put a microphone on him during a game, and he did not disappoint!  He is definitely a one-of-a-kind individual and coach, and one of the best! More on his retirement can be found here.

4th of July in Anchorage is a great baseball experience.

When filming Touching the Game, Alaska, we spent July 4th, 2007 in  Anchorage for the annual doubleheader between the Anchorage Bucs and the Anchorage Glacier Pilots.  The fireworks alone make this a great event, but it is also terrific baseball as these two arch rivals go at it.  You can see our video for the the event here.  Other parts of the day appear in the film itself.  It was a fun way to spend the holiday.

New video clip! – MLB players talk about the Midnight Sun Game

With the Summer Solstice upon us, that can only mean one thing in Fairbanks, AK, and that’s the annual Midnight Sun Game.  Called by The Sporting News “One of the Top 10 must-see events for the true baseball fan”, the MSG has been played for over 100 years.  Starting at 10:30pm with no artificial lights needed,  the exhibition game has been hosted by the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks since the early 60’s.  They usually play a traveling team from outside the state, but the game is the unofficial kick-off to the Alaska Baseball League season.  All this is covered in-depth in our new documentary release Touching the Game, Alaska.  Many past and present MLB players have played in the Midnight Sun Game, see what some of them have to say about it here.

The IDEAL Father’s Day gift!

Whether your dad is a diehard baseball fan or just a casual follower, our Touching the Game DVDs make a great last-minute gift idea.  This Sunday 6/20 is Father’s Day and the timing could not be much better as the summer amateur leagues begin regular season play this week.  It is also the weekend of the Summer Solstice which means one thing in Fairbanks, Alaska, the annual Midnight Sun Game.  This year, the signature game of the Alaska Baseball League takes place Monday night (6/21).  Many know the story  – midnight baseball, no lights needed – but if you want to know the history and experience it yourself, our new film, Touching the Game, Alaska has it and the rest of the ABL covered in depth.  We also have everything you need to know about the Cape Cod Baseball League in our 2004 documentary Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

You can go here to purchase either DVD, but the best deal for you (and dad), might be our current special – you get both Touching the Game DVDs at a discounted price of $34.95.  Happy Father’s Day!

Alaska and Cape Cod Baseball League seasons ready to go!

The month of June is an important one for collegiate amateur baseball. Regular season schedules come to an end, the NCAA tournament begins, the MLB draft takes place, and summer league baseball gets underway.

The Alaska Baseball League, the subject of Touching the Game, Alaska begins league play the week of 6/6. The first few weeks of June will also feature many exhibition games against league and traveling teams.  The signature game of these exhibitions is the annual Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, AK. This year, the Goldpanners entertain Heroes of the Diamond, a military all-star team. The game as always will be on the Summer Solstice, June 21, starting at 10:30pm.  The Alaska Baseball League regular season kicks into high gear after that.  We will continue to update you on our film and provide video clips and soundbites about life in the ABL.  If you are looking for day to day info on the league, check out www.49thstatehardball.com or any of the team websites.

The Cape Cod Baseball League, the subject of Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League, begins play the week of 6/13. The number of Major League alumni of the CCBL is at an all-time high, and many of the players we featured in our film are among them.  We will keep you updated on how they are doing, as well as any time our film is showing as even after 6 years, it continues to gain interest.   The Cape League website has day to day scores and stats, and www.codball.com is a great blog to keep you updated as well.  Also, don’t forget the Cape Cod League All-Star game at Fenway Park on 7/28. Enjoy the summer!

Join us on Facebook and Twitter!

You now can get all the latest information on our Touching the Game films on the social network sites Facebook and Twitter.  Our ever-growing Facebook fan page can be found here.  Become a fan and get updates, reviews, screening dates and more. If you are a Twitter person, you can get your Touching the Game tweets here.  We will also be updating this blog as well.  Stay in touch with us as we present our award-winning films of amateur baseball to the world.

ESPN’s “Travel Ten” top must-see baseball events of the summer

ESPN just came out with it’s “Travel Ten” top must see baseball events of the summer.  At #1 is Opening Day of The Cape Cod Baseball League and at #4 is the Midnight Sun Game in Fairbanks, AK.   The Midnight Sun Game is a big part of our latest documentary Touching the Game, Alaska. As for the Cape Cod Baseball League, we spent a whole summer there in our 2004 release Touching the Game, The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League. If you can’t make it to either event, our DVDs will bring them right into your home.  Enjoy!