Bader Field (ballpark)

Bader Field was a baseball stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It was located at the Bader Field airport and was referred to by the same name as the airfield. It was named after the former mayor of Atlantic City Edward L. Bader, who purchased the land for the airfield.[1]

The New York Yankees held spring training at Bader Field in 1944. The Philadelphia Athletics considered using the ballpark for 1944 spring training. On November 17, 1943, Connie Mack examined Bader Field and the National Guard Armory as one possibility. But he knew the Yankees were already considering it. The A's went to McCurdy Field in Frederick, Maryland when the Yankees chose Atlantic City.[2][3] The Yankees made the 300-room Senator Hotel their headquarters and practiced indoors at the Atlantic City Armory.[4] They played their first exhibition game in Atlantic City on April 1, 1944, and beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1, behind a home run by Johnny Lindell. The following day, 4,000 fans saw the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4–3. In 1945, the Boston Red Sox based their spring training at Ansley Park in nearby Pleasantville.[5] The last spring exhibition played at Bader Field was a Red Sox-Yankees game on April 8, 1945.[6]

A municipal stadium, John Boyd Stadium, with a football field and track was opened at Bader Field on October 22, 1949. It stood just north of the ballpark's left-field wall and was built at a cost of $350,000.[7] John Boyd Stadium was the home of Atlantic City High School football from 1949 until 1994, and was demolished in February 1998. In 1998, The Sandcastle baseball stadium was built at Bader Field, returning professional baseball to the airport site. The Atlantic City Surf played at the ballpark through 2008. The ballpark sits unused today amid discussions of redevelopment.

Bader Field
LocationAtlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates39°21′29.76″N 74°27′31.75″W / 39.3582667°N 74.4588194°WCoordinates: 39°21′29.76″N 74°27′31.75″W / 39.3582667°N 74.4588194°W
OwnerCity of Atlantic City
Field sizeLeft – ft.

Center – ft.

Right – ft.
SurfaceGrass
Tenants
Atlantic City Roses (1921–1927)
New York Yankees (MLB) (spring training) (19441945)
Boston Red Sox (MLB) (spring training) (1945)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Crossing the Goal Line". casinoconnectionac.com.
  2. ^ "Atlantic City Armory New Camps for Yanks", The Evening Independent, November 18, 1943, retrieved 2011-09-17
  3. ^ Warrington, Bob. "Spring Training 1944". Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  4. ^ Gietschier, Steve (1994-03-21). "It happens every spring". The Sporting News. Archived from the original on 2005-02-11. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  5. ^ "Atlantic City Has Plenty of Baseball". The Boston Globe. March 18, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Wilk, Tom (2006-04-20). "Waltz Through Time: The Old Ballgame". Atlantic City Weekly. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  7. ^ Harris-Parra, Barbara (2006-01-02). "Bader Field: Past, Present and Future". Inside the Fence. FAA Technical Center. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
1944 Philadelphia Athletics season

The 1944 Philadelphia Athletics season involved the A's finishing 5th in the American League with a record of 72 wins and 82 losses.

Atlantic City High School

Atlantic City High School (ACHS) is a public high school in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Atlantic City School District.

The current school building opened in 1994 and holds approximately 2,500 students. Students from Brigantine, Longport, Margate City and Ventnor City attend the school as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective school districts.

Bader Field

Bader Field (IATA: AIY, ICAO: KAIY, FAA LID: AIY), also known as Atlantic City Municipal Airport, was a city-owned public-use general aviation airport located in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. It was approximately one mile from the terminus of U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 322. Bader Field permanently closed on September 30, 2006. It was named after the former mayor of Atlantic City, Edward L. Bader, who purchased the land for the airfield. The field as of 2016 was for sale.

Surf Stadium

Surf Stadium is a 5,500-seat baseball stadium in Atlantic City, New Jersey that opened in 1998 and has been mostly closed since 2009, although some renovation was performed in 2011 and 2012. The stadium was officially renamed as Surf Stadium in April 2012, and hosted a few events in 2012. The stadium was called The Sandcastle until 2006, and has continued to be referred to by that name in some sources. It was built as the home of the Atlantic City Surf baseball team, which discontinued operations prior to the 2009 season. College and youth teams have also used the stadium, and a music concert was held there in 2011.

The stadium is located on Albany Avenue, near the eastern terminus of U.S. Routes 40 and 322 and several blocks inland from the Boardwalk and casino strip. The casinos are visible from the seating areas.

Seating is in two primary sections, split by a "cross aisle". Luxury boxes are located above the main seating bowl.

It is now the home stadium of the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers baseball team.

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