The Atlantic City Surf were a professional baseball team based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the United States. The Surf were most recently a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Surf played its home games at Bernie Robbins Stadium, formerly known as The Sandcastle.
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 , leaving the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball with six teams. Players from the team were made available in an April 3, 2009 dispersal draft.
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.
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. Other notable players for the Giants included Oliver Marcelle, Smokey Joe Williams, John Henry Lloyd (AKA "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.
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