The Alaska Baseball League has its roots in Fairbanks. Every team in the league was started, in part or whole, by Don Dennis, with the exception of the Chugiak Chinooks, which is the top club of the Athletes in Action. Even before formal organization of the league in 1974, Fairbanks was at the forefront of baseball operations state-wide.
Don assisted in the start ABL participation by the Glacier Pilots in 1969, Kenai Oilers in 1974, Mat-Su Miners (then Valley Green Giants) in 1976, Anchorage Bucs and North Pole Nicks in 1980. In 1988, after the Bucs, Miners and Glacier Pilots dropped out of the league, Don imported the San Francisco (CA) Senators, Hawaii Island Movers and the Palouse Empire (WA) Cougars into the league to take their place.
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ALASKA LEAGUE SEASONS
- Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks
- Anchorage (AK) Glacier Pilots
- Kenai (AK) Peninsula Oilers
- Valley (AK) Green Giants
- Anchorage (AK) Cook Inlet Bucs
- Mat-Su (AK) Miners (New Management)
- North Pole (AK) Nicks
- Palouse Empire (WA) Cougars
- Hawaii (HI) Island Movers
- San Francisco (CA) Senators
- Athletes in Action (OH) Fire
- Chugiak (AK) Chinooks