My friend Anthony is thinning out his sports memorabilia collection, which currently includes a couple of neat Atlantic City Surf items.

 

Here’s a poster which celebrates the Surf’s 5th year in the Atlantic League. Ruben Sierra and Mitch Williams are among those featured.

 

The second item is a Mitch Williams photo or baseball card that’s been slabbed with a “game worn jersey swatch.”

If you’re interested in either item, contact¬†ambonina99@aol.com¬†for more information.

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I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

5 responses

  1. Freddy says:

    Williams signed for me at a Bears game in 2002. There were a couple of guys yelling Joe Carter to him

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    • Paul says:

      I never got to meet Mitch Williams. He had moved on from the Surf before I started following the Atlantic League. Tom Goodwin and Ozzie Timmons were the biggest “names” I saw play for them.

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  2. Will in Central NJ says:

    For all the abuse Mitch Williams received from Phillies fans in the wake of the 1993 World Series loss to the Blue Jays, I have to admit Williams was always decent, accountable and accessible to fans.

    A New York Times article from the late 1990s detailed how (following the conclusion of the 1993 WS) every window in his southern NJ home was smashed, leading to the sale of that house, and his return to his native Texas. Years later, Williams took on the Pitching Coach duties, and then the managerial reins, in Atlantic City. Williams was patient and accessible to me and to other fans at the railing in Newark, as he signed many autographs. Many of us Bears fans had expected otherwise.

    As a Met fan, I felt no sorrow for the Phillies’ 1993 WS defeat and subsequent decline. But, I’m glad that Mitch Williams has found success with the MLB Network. He is a survivor and a resilient guy, if nothing else.

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    • Paul says:

      Everybody always remembers the Joe Carter home run – and I certainly understand why Phillies fans would – but my standout Mitch Williams memory is of a different homer.

      In September 1989, the Chicago Cubs were playing the New York Mets at Wrigley Field and Frank Viola didn’t have a good night. The Mets had an early 3-0 lead, but were forced to try to come back after Viola gave up six runs. The Mets added one in the eighth to get closer, but Don Zimmer brought in Williams to shut the door.

      In the bottom of the inning, the Cubs started a rally against the woefully ineffective Jeff Musselman. Davey Johnson brought in Don Aase with two men on base. He got future Hall of Famer Andre Dawson to ground into a fielder’s choice… and then Williams hit a three-run homer.

      It was his first major-league hit, and one of only three he’d record in his major league career.

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  3. Freddy says:

    Williams is going to be in Lakewood on June 17, 2012 along with Doc Gooden as part of the all star festivities

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