Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Restroom Construction Projected for October 2015

Restroom Construction Projected for October 2015

The restroom fund is flush. Approval of the U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program Grant for $45,900 was received in May. The School Governing Board accepted the Friends matching funds donation of $56,100 in June. Architect Al Hopper is currently drawing up construction plans along with contractors who are completing electrical and plumbing plans. Restroom construction is projected for October 2015.

We extend our gratitude to the Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Company Foundation, Bisbee Area Social Investment Fund who awarded this project $30,000. We are also grateful to the Cochise Community Foundation who awarded the Friends $3000.  Also with the help of many friends and supporters, the Friends raised over $6,000 with a successful Indiegogo fund-raising campaign. The remaining funds were raised with the help of many donors, sales of merchandise and the annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament which each year raises about $5000. 

We look forward to new restrooms for the upcoming tournament scheduled for April 16th and 17th, 2016

Posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (updated 10/21/2015)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Buy A History of Warren Ballpark, by ballpark historian, Mike Anderson

Buy A History of Warren Ballpark, by ballpark historian, Mike Anderson

A book on the history of Warren Ballpark is now available. Click here to buy  a copy of the book on line.

If there is a place where the ghosts of baseball players come at night to relive their glory days, it is Warren Ballpark in the old copper-mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. Warren Ballpark has been in use as a sports facility since 1909--longer than any other ballpark in the United States.

Some of the most colorful and notable figures in baseball history have stepped onto its field as barnstorming big leaguers or as minor-league players hoping to make their way up to the ""Big Show."" Several players implicated in the infamous 1919 ""Black Sox"" scandal played in an ""outlaw"" league at Warren Ballpark during the 1920s.

In 1917, it was the holding facility for 1,500 striking copper miners rounded up during the Bisbee Deportation. It is also the site of one of the longest-running and most bitterly contested high school football rivalries in America, between the Bisbee Pumas and the Douglas Bulldogs.

About the Author: Mike Anderson is the historian and founding member of the Friends of Warren Ballpark in Bisbee. He is also the captain of the Bisbee Black Sox vintage baseball club.

Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 (updated 6/6/2013)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Installation of Baseball Sculpture

Installation of Baseball Sculpture

The baseball sculpture commemorating the long history of baseball at Warren ballpark and providing park identification is in place. Soon a sign recognizing the long history of football will also be installed. The Friends of Warren Ballpark are proud of this accomplishment. The baseball sign was designed to fit in with the historic nature of the ballpark and looks as if it has been in place since 1909 when the park was built.

There are many folks who helped the Friends make this happen. First and foremost, we would not exist without the sponsorship of the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities. The sculpture was a joint effort between the Cochise College Welding Technology and Art Departments; thank you Randy Fox and Tate Rich. The school district has been a wonderful partner; thank you members of the Governing Board, Superintendent Jim Phillips, High School Principal Lisa Holland and Athletic Director Darin Giltner. A huge thanks goes to the school district maintenance staff. We are grateful to all the assistance provided by Steve Kemery and his crew Richard Moots and Mike Rawlings. Civil Engineer, Lynn Kartchner provided the engineering for the sculpture installation. Freeport McMoran provided the crane to lift the over 1500 pound sculpture in to place; thanks go to Mike Jaworski and Terry Maddux. The City of Bisbee also worked cooperatively with the Friends to facilitate the permit process. Thanks go to the Planning Commission and City Council and the permitting staff John Charlie, Bob Mesquit and Lisa Marra. Steve Pauken, Bisbee City Manager took the wonderful sculpture installation photos.

The Friends are raising funds for accessible public bathrooms. Donations can be made from our Facebook page (DONATE tab top right under the picture)  or on the donate page or send donations to Friends of Warren Ballpark, 611 Hoatson Avenue, Bisbee, AZ 85603. 

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Warren Ballpark's Bathrooms, The Before Photos

Warren Ballpark's Bathrooms, The Before Photos

The currrent bathrooms are ancient and not handicapped accessbile. They can't be upgraded without compromising the historic grandstand. The Friends are raising funds and applying for grants to build free-standing modern bathrooms to replace the aging bathrooms. Please help. Any size donation is welcomed. Donate here!

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012

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