6th Annual Copper City Classic

6th Annual Copper City Classic

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Bare-handed base ball as it was played when Abraham Lincoln was running for his first term as president returns to Bisbee’s 105-year-old ballpark for the sixth consecutive year! Teams from the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball league and the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association will gather at historic Warren Ballpark on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12 to take part in the Sixth Annual Copper City Classic Vintage base Ball Tournament. The home team - the Bisbee Black Sox - are off to a good start this season and are hoping to claim the tournament championship. Come cheer them on – or cheer on your own favorite team – as ballists wearing vintage-style uniforms play the game by 1860 rules.

Honoring ‘Scrap Iron’ and an Outstanding Lawman

This year’s tournament will honor two outstanding athletics who played baseball at Warren Ballpark in years past: Clint “Scrap Iron” Courtney and Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Clint Courtney began his professional baseball career as the catcher for the 1947 Bisbee Yanks before moving up the ladder to a colorful and successful career in the big leagues during the 1950s and 60s. Clarence Dupnik, a 1954 Bisbee High School graduate, was a star third baseman for the Pumas before beginning a distinguished career with the Tucson Police Department and as Pima County’s longest-serving Sheriff.

Added attraction: The Post Game Blues 

Jim “Mudcat” Grant, ace American League pitcher, baseball historian and musician, is planning to return for the Post Game Blues concert. Last year Mudcat missed the tournament to receive the prestigious Jackie Robinson Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Face of Adversity on the same date. Join Mudcat along with Tucson’s Cholla High School Blues Standards and Bisbee’s own Russell “Cat Daddy” Gillespie and his 12-Barz Blues Band for Saturday evening’s Post-Game Blues concert at the Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill in historic Brewery Gulch.

Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for both days. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Active military are free on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the gate. Gates open at 9 a.m. and play will continue until approximately 5 p.m. All funds are used to restore Warren Ballpark and specifically for the project to build modern, ADA accessible restrooms. For more information about the tournament and accompanying events, call 520 432-3813 

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (updated 2/10/2015)

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The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift The Friends of Warren Ballpark, along with the Cochise College Welding and Art Departments, have created the perfect gift for anyone who is a football or baseball fan, or an alumnus of Bisbee High School or who has played baseball or football at Warren Ballpark. This striking metal wall art is based on the baseball sculpture and football sign installed to identify the 105-year-old historic Warren Ballpark to sports or history buffs – 0r to anyone who visits Bisbee! All proceeds go to the Friends of Warren Ballpark fund to construct modern ADA compliant restrooms at Warren Ballpark. The 15 inch tall x 12.5 inch wide baseball art and the 9.5 inch tall x 16 inch wide football are a beautiful and authentic way to decorate your home and at the same time support the efforts to maintain our beloved historic ballpark. Click on the Store link to order.

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (updated 12/10/2014)

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Save the Date - 6th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 11 and 12, 2015 at the Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. on both days. Games will be played all day. 

Added attraction: Last year our friend James “Mudcat” Grant missed the tournament because he was in Kansas City receiving the prestigious Negro League Baseball Museum, Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award. “Mudcat” is returning to the tournament in 2015. Bisbee loved Mudcat and Mudcat loved Bisbee. We look forward to spending time with him again. 

Stay tuned for further details as the date gets closer.


Two-day ticket: $15

One-day ticket: $10 - Select Saturday or Sunday ticket

Posted on Sunday, September 07, 2014

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Thanks for a Successful 2014 Tournament

The Friends of Warren Ballpark’s 5th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament was a success, thanks to our volunteers, teams, vendors and cranks (fans) and Bisbee school district staff.

The Friends of Warren Ballpark’s 5th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament was a success, thanks to our volunteers, teams, vendors and cranks (fans) and Bisbee school district staff.

 All eight teams played well keeping the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League (ATVBBL) tournament exciting to the end. Kudos to the Glendale Gophers for winning the championship. Your local team, the Bisbee Black Sox, deserve a lot of credit. They were the most improved team winning three out of five games. The Colorado All-Stars again entertained the crowds with their colorful uniforms and superb showmanship. Thanks to the other teams in the league for travelling to Bisbee and making the tournament competitive and fun for the cranks. So a loud huzzah to the Phoenix Senators, Tempe Tip-tops, Mesa Mutuals, the Bisbee Bees, and the Tucson Saguaros, 

KBRP, your local radio station spent two long days announcing the tournament. Their rapport with the players added a great deal of interest and fun. And no one will forget Gene Connors leading the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Support your local radio station in all they do for this community.

The tournament would not run smoothly without the Bisbee Unified School District staff. Their work was doubled this year because we used two fields. Thanks for lining the fields, keeping the restrooms clean and supplied and all the behind the scenes tasks that make for a smooth running event.

Moose’s Hotdogs, a vendor since the inaugural tournament in 2010 served their premier sausages and hotdogs. When in Sierra Vista, look for the bright yellow and blue umbrella outside of Lowes for a tasty, inexpensive lunch. Thanks also to Woody’s Barbeque for serving delicious pulled pork and brisket along with slurpy, delicious Hawaiian shave ice. Beast Brewery served their locally brewed beer. Stop by their Tap Room in San Jose Plaza to sample their hand crafted beer.

Cat Daddy and the 12 Barz Blues Band along with the Cholla High School Blues Standard entertained at Saturday night’s Post-Game Blues. The veteran musicians and the aspiring young musicians jammed together. Listen to Cat Daddy when he plays at the Copper Queen or Stock Exchange or other local venues. 

A tip of our baseball caps goes to our volunteers who provided security, sold tickets, beer and raffle tickets. Our many sponsors including Freeport McMoran, Copper Queen Hospital, Wick Communications, Bisbee Beverage, Christine Rhodes, Plaza Liquor, High Desert Market, Red Shoes Hair Salon, Suby Construction, Bisbee Chiropractic, Highway 92 Service, Bisbee Bug, Acacia Art and Antiques, and Turquoise Valley Country Club, helped defray the tournament costs. As always, we thank our sponsoring organization, the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities. 

This letter would be much longer if all who volunteered were named but thank you so much. The money raised will fund our next project, construction of accessible public restrooms. The Friends have now raised 60% of the estimated $102,000 needed to construct restrooms and are hopeful of receiving a grant in the near future to meet this goal. If you are interested in joining the Friends or donating call 520 432-3813 or go to http://www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com. If you have interest in joining a vintage base ball team, check out the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League website (http://www.arizonavintagebaseball.com) or call 520 432-3813..

For more information about Warren Ballpark and Vintage Base ball check out the following videos:   https://www.azpm.org/s/16658-the-history-of-arizonas-oldest-baseball-stadium/ and https://www.azpm.org/s/19207-azs-vintage-baseball-league-wraps-up-season-in-historic-park/

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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It’s this weekend: The 5th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Join us in Bisbee at Warren Ballpark for base ball played by 1860 rules as it was played when Lincoln was President. Eight teams in vintage uniforms vie for the Vintage League Championship at Bisbee’s 104-year-old Warren Ballpark. The Colorado All-stars are also attending to play exhibition games. 

Proceeds go to restore Warren Ballpark. Contact: 520 432-3813 or www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com

The Post-Game Blues

Saturday’s games will be followed by The Post–Game Blues, a concert at Warren Ballpark featuring Russell “Cat Daddy” Gillespie and his Twelve-Barz Blue Band. Opening for Cat Daddy is the Cholla High School Blues Standard, young musicians who were the opening act at the Tucson Blues Festival last year. Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy a fun evening under the stars listening to great blues. Food and beer will be for sale. 6:00 p.m. at Warren Ballpark.

  • Saturday, April 12th, gates open at 9:30 
  • Post-game blues, April 12th at 6:p.m.
  • Sunday, April 13th, gates open at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Games are played all day.
Buy tickets on-line or at the gate
  • one day $10.00
  • both days $15
  • 12 and under free with adult ticket
  • Sunday, active military free
  • The Post-Game Blues-Cost: $5.00 at the gate.

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014

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