Starting in 1960 as a barnstorming team, the Pan-Alaska Goldpanners were charter members of the Alaska Baseball League in 1974. They still play in Fairbanks and host an annual Midnight Sun Game. (The game starts at about 10:30 pm and completes around 1:30 am in close-to-daylight. Other well-known players who have participated: Dave Winfield, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and Jason Giambi.)
He played in Fairbanks for two seasons (1964-65), after his first year of college ball at Fresno City College, and second after his transfer to the University of Southern California. Even then he was a pretty good hitter, just as when he later pitched for the Amazin' Mets:
Anyhow, we enjoyed our unexpected flash in the gold pan--finding the encased-in-a-brick card of Tom Seaver that we didn't know we had.