The Camden Riversharks were an American professional baseball team based in Camden, New Jersey from 2001 to 2015. They were a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Riversharks played their home games at Campbell's Field, which was situated at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Due to its location on the Delaware River, the ballpark offered a clear view of the Philadelphia skyline. The "Riversharks" name referred to the location of Camden on the Delaware River, as the primary logo incorporated the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that links Camden to Philadelphia.
|League||Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Liberty Division)|
|Location||Camden, New Jersey|
|Nickname(s)||The Sharks, |
South Jersey's Home Team
|Colors||Navy blue, Columbia blue, white|
|Retired numbers||16, 42|
|Ownership||Opening Day Partners|
|General Manager||Lindsay Rosenberg|
|Media||Camden Courier-Post, meridix.com (Internet Radio Broadcast)|
On October 21, 2015, the Camden Riversharks announced they would cease operations immediately due to the inability to reach an agreement on lease terms with the owner of Campbell's Field, the Camden County Improvement Authority (the authority had purchased Campbell's Field from Rutgers University two months prior).
History of Camden baseballEdit
The Riversharks were not the first baseball team to call Camden, New Jersey home. The Camden Merritt, named for former state senator Albert Merritt, of the Interstate Association played there in 1883, but disbanded the same year. Another team from the Tri-State League played in Camden in 1904, but they too disbanded, during the season. The inception of the Riversharks in 2001 was the first professional baseball team in Camden, New Jersey since the 1904 season.
Logos and uniformsEdit
The team colors of the Camden Riversharks were navy blue, Columbia blue, and white. The Riversharks' last logo, introduced in 2005 with a new ownership group, consisted of a shark biting a baseball bat superimposed over a stylized depiction of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The Riversharks' former logo, used from 2001 to 2005, consisted of a navy blue ring with a shark centered above the wordmark superimposed over it.
The Riversharks' primary caps were navy blue with a Columbia blue visor and the "shark-fin" cap logo centered on the front. The home jerseys were white with navy blue piping and feature the "Sharks" wordmark across the front in white with navy blue and Columbia blue outline. The away jerseys were gray with the "Camden" wordmark centered across the jersey in navy blue with Columbia blue outline.
|Camden Riversharks - 2001 to 2015|
|Season||W - L Record||Winning Percentage||Finish||Playoffs|
|2001||49-77||.389||3rd in South Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2002||71-54||.568||2nd in South Division||1-2 (lost division final)|
|2003||78-48||.619||1st in South Division||0-2 (lost division final)|
|2004||76-49||.608||1st in South Division||0-3 (lost league championship)|
|2005||80-60||.571||1st in South Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2006||61-65||.484||4th in South Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2007||67-59||.532||2nd in South Division||1-2 (lost division final)|
|2008||67-73||.479||3rd in Liberty Division||1-3 (lost league championship)|
|2009||62-78||.443||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2010||62-77||.446||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2011||57-67||.460||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2012||62-77||.446||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2013||54-86||.386||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2014||43-80||.350||3rd in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2015||56-83||.403||Tied for 3rd with Bridgeport||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
- "Farewell Fans". September 21, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- "Atlantic League Of Professional Baseball". September 21, 2015.
- Don Stacom (October 22, 2015). "Atlantic League Baseball: Camden Is Out, New Britain Is In". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
- "Camden Merritt after Albert Merritt". State of New Jersey. Archived from the original on 2006-05-15. Retrieved May 27, 2006.
- "Camden Merritt". Titans 101. Archived from the original on 2006-04-27. Retrieved May 27, 2006.
- Atlantic League information
- "Camden Drops Final Home Game" Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine, Camden Riversharks, September 13, 2007. Accessed September 28, 2008. "The team retired the No. 16 worn by second baseman Brad Strauss, a former star at Haddon Township High in Camden County."
- Brad Strauss stats, The Baseball Cube, September 13, 2007. Accessed September 28, 2008. "Brad Strauss stats."
| Liberty Division Champions
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
| South Division Champions