Atlantic City Surf

Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Atlantic City Surf Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Atlantic City Surf
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Team logo Cap insignia
LeagueCan-Am Association (2007–08)
LocationAtlantic City, New Jersey
BallparkSurf Stadium
Year founded1998
Year disbanded2009
League championships(1) 1998
Former name(s)Atlantic City Surf (1998–2008)
Former league(s)Atlantic League (1998–2006)
ColorsNavy Blue, aqua, white, purple                    

The Atlantic City Surf was a professional baseball team based in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Surf was most recently a member of the Can-Am League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Surf played its home games at Surf Stadium, which was formerly known as "The Sandcastle" and "Bernie Robbins Stadium"

From 1998 to 2006, the Surf played in the South Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. While in the Atlantic League, the Surf won the first-ever Atlantic League championship in 1998 while also hosting the inaugural Atlantic League All-Star game.

On March 30, 2009, the Atlantic City Surf organization ceased operations,[1] leaving the Can-Am League with six teams. Players from the team were made available in an April 3, 2009 dispersal draft.

On May 17, 2018, Atlantic City's City Council authorized Frank Boulton, the former owner of the Atlantic City Surf (Independent Professional, Can-Am League/Atlantic League) to find an ownership group willing to bring minor league baseball back to Surf Stadium. The team was to compete in the 2019 season[2] — however success quickly became "unlikely"[3] and there currently are no indications that professional baseball will return to Atlantic City.

Earlier Atlantic City baseball teams

Atlantic City historically has never enjoyed much success as a venue for professional sports teams and baseball has been no exception. The city hosted a few short-lived, unnamed teams in various leagues in the 19th century, then provided a home for the defunct Lancaster Red Roses of the Tri-State League in 1912. The franchise played one more season in Atlantic City in 1913 before disbanding.

Bacharach Giants

In 1916, the Bacharach Giants moved to Atlantic City. Originally known as the Duval Giants of Jacksonville, Florida, its name was changed to the Bacharach Giants in honor of the city's mayor, Harry Bacharach. The team was independent from 1916 to 1922, then became a member of the Eastern Colored League from 1923 until the league's folding during the 1928 season, winning the league in 1926 and 1927 under the leadership of Dick Lundy.[citation needed] Other notable players for the Giants included Oliver Marcelle, Smokey Joe Williams, "Pop" Lloyd, and Arthur "Rats" Henderson. The team became affiliated with the American Negro League in 1929, and continued in the Negro National League in 1932, when it folded as a professional team.[citation needed]

Atlantic City Surf

In 1998, the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball placed a team in Atlantic City called the Surf. Opening their new ballpark called The Sandcastle on May 20, the Surf was defeated by the Somerset Patriots by a score of 8-5. Playing host to the first Atlantic League All-Star game on July 15, the Surf defeated the League All-Stars 6-4 and would later win the league's first Championship Series over the Bridgeport Bluefish, three games to one. The Surf made it to the post-season four times in five years (2002 and 2004–06) but were eliminated in the first round each time.

In 2007, the Surf moved from the Atlantic League to the Can-Am League. In 2007 the Surf made the playoffs in their inaugural season in the Can-Am. The team managed by Chris Carminucci finished with the 2nd best overall record of 51-41. In the playoffs lost to the North Shore Spirit 3 games to 1 in the opening round. The Surf received many awards in 2007. Carminucci received manager of the year. Starting pitcher Brian Rodaway received Pitcher of the Year Award after finishing a league-best 15-3. Relief pitcher Matt Pike received the Reliever of the Year award for his league leading 24 saves. In 2008 the Surf hired Cecil Fielder as the team manager. The Surf continued their success finishing 51-43 (4th overall record) and once again in the playoffs, this time losing to the Quebec Capitales 3 games to 1 in the opening round.

On March 30, 2009, the Can-Am League announced the Surf would not be operating in the 2009 season due to the collapse of the proposed sale of the team and lack of ownership to continue for the 2009 season. The Surf joined fellow league member Ottawa Voyageurs in ceasing operations for the 2009 season.[4]

Season-by-season records

Atlantic City Surf - 1998 to 2008[5][6][7]
Season W - L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
1998 60-40 .600 2nd Overall 3-1 (won league championship)
1999 61-58 .513 3rd Overall Did not qualify for playoffs
2000 61-78 .442 2nd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2001 64-62 .507 2nd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2002 71-53 .573 2nd in South Division 1-2 (lost in division final)
2003 63-63 .500 3rd in South Division Did not qualify for playoffs
2004 71-54 .568 1st (Tie) in South Division 0-2 (lost in division final)
2005 79-61 .564 2nd in South Division 1-2 (lost in division final)
2006 69-57 .548 2nd in South Division 0-2 (lost division final)
2007 51-41 .554 2nd in Canadian- American Association 1-3 (lost in semi-final)
2008 51-43 .543 4th in Canadian- American Association 1-3 (lost in semi-final)
Totals (1998–2008) 701-620 .531 - 7-15

Post season

Atlantic League Post-Season Results:

Can-Am League Post-Season Results:

Team information

Uniform colors: White with navy pinstripes for home games and navy for away games. The home jersey has an interlocking "AC" centered on the left and number on the back. The away jersey has the wordmark "Surf" in teal with white and purple outline. Navy blue hats with the interlocking letters "AC" in white with teal outline.

Mascot: "Splash".

Radio broadcasts: Play-by-Play announcer: Matt Martucci, broadcast by WLFR.

TV Broadcast of Atlantic City Surf Game June 1999


  1. ^ "Atlantic City Surf minor league baseball team ceases operations". Associated Press. March 30, 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Atlantic City minor league baseball one step closer to return". Atlantic City Press. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  3. ^ Danzis, David. "Atlantic City baseball unlikely in 2019". Atlantic City Press. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Can-Am To Go With Six Clubs In 2009". Official Website of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Atlantic League information
  6. ^ "Can-Am League 2007 Standings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  7. ^ "Can-Am League 2008 Standings" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2014-01-03.