FRIENDS OF WARREN BALLPARK PURPOSE
The Friends of Warren Ballpark is an organization of baseball fans that recognizes the historic value of the field and its place in the history of America’s National Pastime. Our purpose is to promote, restore and renovate the ballpark as a functioning community asset for the Bisbee Unified School District and the community at large. We have built new bathrooms that are ADA compliant, replaced the bleacher screening, added signage and a new scoreboard.
The Friends are working to ensure that the story of Warren Ballpark’s fascinating and colorful past becomes a recognized part of American baseball’s rich history. They are presently planning and organizing the 2017 Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament to be held in Bisbee on April 8th and 9th, 2017. The Friends conduct field research and interviews of former players and managers as an ongoing effort to improve our knowledge and understanding of the unique role of Warren Ballpark in Bisbee’s history and in the history of The Game. We also share our research findings with the media and community historical organizations through presentations, displays and planned publications.
RESTORE AND RENOVATE
After a century of use our beloved ballpark is showing its age. The Friends of Warren Ballpark is committed to working with Bisbee Unified School District to return the park to its condition at its prime when it was a minor league baseball park. We also support the district’s efforts to improve the park’s accessibility to disabled fans and to upgrade its infrastructure as a public facility.The Friends of Warren Ballpark is sponsored by the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization.
Save the Date
11th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament-Warren Ballpark, Bisbee, Arizona, November 13, 2021
With regret, the Friends of Warren Ballpark Board has voted to postpone the April 2021 Vintage Base Ball tournament to November 13, 2021. After cancelling the 2020 tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board had hoped to host a Vintage Base Ball tournament in April of 2021. After careful consideration, the Friends of Warren Ballpark Board concluded that given the surge in Covid-19 cases and the uncertainty of widespread vaccinations by April, it is in the best interest of the public, players and volunteers to postpone the tournament.
We are hoping to co-host some exhibition baseball games on the 4th of July with the Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless.
The Friends of Warren Ballpark is sponsored by the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities, a non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Call 520 366-1455 for more info.
Ghosts at Warren Ballpark?
You can feel the ghosts more easily in Bisbee, Arizona, than just about anywhere else in America. The presence of the past is evident as soon as you pass through the tunnel carved into the Mule Mountains that takes you back in time to a town hailed as the “queen of the copper mines.”
Most of all, you can feel the spirit at Warren Ballpark, Bisbee’s century-old baseball stadium and communal gathering space that has played host to generations of ballplayers from Hall of Famers to high schoolers on its dusty diamond.
No team in baseball has more ghosts than the 1919 Chicago White Sox, whose disgraced members once roamed the field in Bisbee. Their restless spirits, borne from a scandal referred to as “the darkest hour” in baseball history, still cast a long shadow over the sport. Exactly one hundred years ago, eight members of the White Sox conspired to fix the World Series.
Read all about it in the program at the 10th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament on April 6th and 7th. (Excerpt from Black Sox Baseball Ghosts in Bisbee originated with the 1919 Chicago White Sox by Jacob Pomrenke)