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Stroecker still offers guiding hand as Goldpanners president

By Dermot Cole

“There’s no program like it anywhere.”


DURING THE EARLY DAYS OF Fairbanks, baseball had an iron grip on the public’s attention.

There were no cars to get people out of town easily and no television stations to keep the kids entertained, so a trip to a ballgame was a favorite diversion.

“There were great players in those days too,” Bob Bartlett wrote in 1954. “Whether they could have made the major leagues is beside the point.”

Bartlett, a future U.S. Senator, said his favorite ballplayers included George Parks, who became governor of Alaska, and Ed Stroecker, who later served as president of the First National Bank of Fairbanks (now Key Bank). Stroecker was a great power hitter, Bartlett said.

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