Rugby Returns to Bisbee

Rugby Returns to Bisbee

After a 100-year absence, rugby is returning to Bisbee and Warren Ballpark.  On December 10th, at 1 p.m. (gates open at noon), the Friends of Warren Ballpark are hosting two matches between the Tucson Lions of the Old Pueblo Rugby League and the Scottsdale Blues. Rugby football was played by English-speaking immigrants to Bisbee from 1905 through 1916. (As were soccer and cricket). December 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. (gates open at noon)$5 entry fee. All funds go to preserve and enhance the 107-year-old historic Warren Ballpark. Recent Friends projects include new restrooms and a new multi-sport scoreboard. The Bisbee High School baseball team will sell carne asada plates at the ...read more

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016 (updated 11/10/2016)

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Save the Date!

Save the Date!

The Eighth Annual Copper City Classic Vintage base ball Tournament will be held April 8-9 2017 at Warren Ballpark. The Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League and the Friends of Warren Ballpark Tournament will again host the tournament. The tournament will be dedicated to two World War II veterans who played on the 1941 Bisbee Bees Minor League team before heading off to war: Clarence Maddern, Bisbee's first native born male player to make the Big Show and Bert Shepard, who, in 1945, served as a shining example to all badly wounded warriors that life was still worth living when they came home from battle. Hope to see you at the tournament.  ...read more

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (updated 9/21/2016)

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Thanks for a Successful Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Thanks for a Successful Vintage Base Ball Tournament

The home team, the Bisbee Black Sox, won all three of their games and the Friends of Warren Ballpark hosted our most successful Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball tournament yet. Many people helped make the tournament a success.Thanks to the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League teams that travel from Phoenix and Tucson to play with the local Bisbee Black Sox. The Colorado All-Stars brought their colorful uniforms and showmanship to entertain the cranks (fans in 1860 parlance).Thanks to Cory Giacoletti and John Stewart, the school district staff who devoted their weekend to working at the tournament. With the support of BHS Principal Laura Miller, the art students created a fine-lo ...read more

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (updated 4/26/2016)

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7th Annual Copper Classic News

7th Annual Copper Classic News

“BUTTON” SALMON and “PRINCE HAL” CHASE TO BE HONORED AT BISBEE VINTAGE BASE BALL TOURNAMENT APRIL 16-17On Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, join the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League as it honors the man who gave the University of Arizona its legendary slogan “Bear Down.”The inspiring life story of U of A student body president and athlete John “Button” Salmon, Bisbee High School class of 1921, will be celebrated during the 7th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage base Ball Tournament held at historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee.Although best known as a football player for the Arizona Wildcats during the ...read more

Posted on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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Save The Date - 7th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Save The Date - 7th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament

The Friends of Warren Ballpark are starting to plan the 7th Vintage Base Ball tournament. Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at the Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. on both days. Games will be played all day. Watch teams play by 1860 rules in old-time uniforms. Cheer for the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox.Added attraction Post Game Blues: James “Mudcat” Grant, 21-game major baseball winning pitcher and noted Blues singer, will return to the tournament in 2016, Bisbee loved Mudcat and Mudcat loved Bisbee. We look forward to spending time with him again. Cost:Two-day ticket: $15One-day ticket: $10  ...read more

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (updated 10/21/2015)

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