Former Atlantic City Independent Baseball Stadium

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A rather sad article came out last week about the current status of the stadium for the former independent baseball team, the Atlantic City Surf.  It shows photos and mentions how the stadium has been taken over by vagrants and others:


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  1. Raised in nearby Ocean City, I adopted the Surf as my “home town” team, and ran down from my abode north of Phila to see dozens of games at The Sandcastle. Saw many ex-MLB players come through, and good managers winding down or hoping to get into it…from Doc Edwards to ex Phillie “wild thing” Mitch Williams. Just a color man now.
    Had a classmate/teammate from high school work for the Surf as a group sales director and on field aide. We chatted a lot back then. The idea of a family alternative didn’t fly, since the city’s reputation still made everyone ill at ease, even though the stadium was just off the edge of town…easy for “mainlanders” to slip in and out of, but probably not well supported by the city folk. They did for the Negro leagues!
    A better stadium placement (and still is) would have been to build out of some of the ground from the parking lot of the Atlantic City Race Course, right in the heart of growing residential and commercial areas that would have drawn well from all around. Look at how well Camden is still doing, in spite of there location that makes folks drive through the heart of a questionable city to get to the river’s edge. Unigue background of the Ben Franklin Bridge was worth the effort.
    Yep, very sad to see the AC venture die an ugly death. Great motif, early logos, and first colors…I hope it will all someday be revived. Surprised you even bothered to notice the article, let alone post it.
    Thanks. Go Vikings! Go Red Raiders! Get a real life, P’ville.

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