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“3rd Annual Vintage Baseball Tournament to be Hosted at 102-Year-Old Warren Ballpark”

 

The 2012 Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament was a great success!

 

The Friends of Warren Ballpark’s 2012 Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament was a great success, thanks to our many volunteers, players, vendors and those who attended as “cranks” (fans).
We clearly nearly $5000 from sponsors, gate receipts and concessions. In addition, the Tucson Toros Booster Club graciously donated $2443 to the Friends of Warren Ballpark. These funds will be set aside for our most ambitious project yet, construction of modern, accessible public restrooms. We’ve come a long way in raising but we have a long way to go.
A big tip of our baseball caps and a very loud “huzzah!” goes to our many sponsors and to our volunteers who provided security, sold tickets and beer, ran raffles and planned the event. We thank the ballists of the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League, the Glendale Gophers, Phoenix Senators, Bisbee Bees and Tucson Saguaros along with the local team the Bisbee Black Sox. This year we were honored to have two out-state-teams the Colorado All-Stars and the Springfield Long Nine who traveled long distances to enliven the tournament with their colorful uniforms and particular brand of vintage base ball.
Pat Kelly of the Tombstone Vigilantes kept the players and cranks in line as arbitrator while officiating the Saturday games. John Everhart served as the tally master when, in the tradition of 1860’s baseball, a player rang a bell to indicate they “tallied an ace” (scored a run). Members of the Busch family (Lance Busch captains the Gophers) also served as arbitrator and tally master on Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament honored ballplayers Syd Cohen and Charlie Metro past ballists at Warren Ballpark. We were privileged that Elena Metro, Charlie’s daughter, attended the tournament to throw out a first pitch and provide personal information about her Dad’s career.
We had several announcers who kept the cranks informed and entertained. Tom Nelson (www.shopbisbee.com) and Dave Cartun announced in the mornings. Matt Raisman from Cherry Creek Radio kept up a lively patter with the teams during the afternoon games.
  We can’t thank the Moose’s Hotdog crew enough. Luis Chavez, Tom and Dora-Lee Clark, Rickie Polidora and Jodie Ryan stepped up as the only food vendor when another vendor was unable to participate. We are grateful to the old Bisbee Brewing Company for providing their freshly made local beer and root beer.
 Bisbee Unified School District was great to work with. Roy Lopez always a pleasure to work with opened and closed the field and kept the restrooms clean and supplied.
Next year’s tournament is tentatively scheduled for April 6 and 7, 2013. Hope to see you there.

 

 

The 2011 Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament was a success

 

The Friends of Warren Ballpark’s second Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament was a success. Cranks (fans by 1860 parlance), players and volunteers all had fun and raised over $5000 to help fund improvements to the historic Warren Ballpark. Last year’s funds paid for the new grandstand netting on display at this year’s tournament.

We want to thank the ballists of the Glendale Gophers, Phoenix Senators and Bisbee Bees teams from the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League who traveled from the valley of the Salt River to play in the tournament. The Bisbee Black Sox, the newest members of the league, brought a local flare to the tournament with players from Bisbee and Sierra Vista as well as Tucson. Particular thanks must go to the Busch family who helped organize the tournament and provided several players, a tally master, an arbitrator and an announcer. The help and guidance provided Shelby and Lance Busch before and during the tournament was especially valuable.

The teams played a round robin tournament. This meant that the cranks were entertained with six games of vintage base ball or two full days during which they enjoyed national America’s pastime as it was played in 1860.

The tournament honored ballplayers Ann and Bob Henry. Ann Henry was the star of the tournament. Her daughter Cheryl threw out the first pitch that was caught by her son Rob. The Friends were thrilled to have them at the tournament.

Pat Kelly of the Tombstone Vigilantes kept the players and cranks (fans) in line by officiating five of six games. John Everhart and Shelby Busch served as the tallymasters when in the tradition of 1860’s base ball a player rang a bell at the tallymaster’s table to indicate they “tallied an ace”(scored a run).

Mike Holland resplendent in period attire sang the Star Spangled Banner a cappella. We are grateful to the members Scout Troop #1 Justin and Kyle Holcomb, Anthony Wright and Robert Drake led by Kerry Feldman and Greg Linden for presenting the colors. The announcers, Lance Busch and Tom Nelson (www.shopbisbee.com) kept fans informed with play by play commentary. 

Our vendors made sure that no one went hungry or thirsty. The Moose’s Hotdog crew, Barbara and Luis Chavez, Johnny Calhoun, and Ricky served essential baseball fare including hotdogs, bratwurst and nachos. La Ramada Restaurant served delicious hamburgers, barbecued ribs and brisket sandwiches.

Bisbee Unified School District was great to work with; making sure the field was chalked for the teams, opening and closing the field whenever we needed and answering all of our organizational questions.

The Friends are particularly grateful for our new partnership with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life. They provided insurance and volunteers. The Friends support their search for a cure for cancer. We hope to continue this fruitful partnership.

Adding to the fun, a crew from NHK Cosmomedia Americas Inc. filmed the entire tournament for a documentary on Baseball in America to be broadcast in Japan. NHK is the Japanese equivalent of our Public Broadcasting System. Seizo (Steve) Nakanishi the show’s narrator also played ball enthusiastically on several teams.

A big tip of the tip of our base ball caps and a very loud “huzzah!” goes to the many volunteers that provided security, sold tickets and beer, ran raffles and planned the event. Everyone’s participation was valued. We could not put on a tournament without the ongoing members of the Friends committed and the additional volunteers who help at the tournament.

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