Atlantic League

The Atlantic League is perhaps the premiere independent league in America.   Founded in 1998, the level of play is generally judged to be at least Triple-A quality.  Many former Major League players can be found on team rosters.

The ball is also unique.  It didn’t start that way; between 1998 and 2006 it looked much the same as any other minor league ball.  But in 2007, coinciding with the league’s 10th anniversary, official league balls had two signatures on them:  CEO and Founder Frank Boulton, and Executive Director Joe Klein.

But they weren’t done!  Red and blue stitching was used for Memorial Day 2015.   Then at the All-Star Game on July 8th, the league’s baseballs became truly unique.  Not only were the laces now red and blue, but each team used its own balls, stamped with President Rick White’s named and the name of each team’s Executive Director.

Bill Shipley  Director (York) Rick White  President
Bob Zlotnik  Director (Sugar Land) Rick White  President
Rob Liss  Director (Lancaster) Rick White  President
Joe Klein  President (Bridgeport, New Britain, Long Island) Rick White  President
Charles County Commisioner  Maryland Rick White  President
Steven Kalafer  Director (Somerset) Rick White  President

For the 2016 season the league logo was added to the south panel.

No rest for us collectors in 2017 either.  Not only has the league’s 20th Anniversary logo been added but the front stamp has changed yet again for four teams.  Here’s how it breaks down now:

Bill Shipley  Director (York) Rick White  President
Bob Zlotnik  Director (Sugar Land) Rick White  President
Rob Liss  Director (Lancaster) Rick White  President
Frank Boulton Founder (Bridgeport, Long Island, New Britain, Southern Maryland) Rick White  President
Steven Kalafer Director (Somerset) Rick White President

.A huge tip of the cap to atlanticleagueautographs for most of this information!



Bud Harrelson 1998-1999


Joe Klein 2000-2005


Joe Klein 2006


10th Anniversary 2007


Frank Boulton, Joe Klein 2008-2011, 2013-2015


15th Anniversary 2012


Memorial Day 2015


Rick White, Executive Directors 2015


Rick White, Executive Directors 2016


20th Anniversary 2017