Vintage base ball will return to Bisbee’s historic 112 year old Warren Ballpark April 2nd and 3rd
Vintage base ball will return to Bisbee’s historic 112-year-old Warren Ballpark April 2nd and 3rd, when teams from Bisbee, Tucson, the Phoenix metro area and California take the field to play in the 11th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament.
The Bisbee Black Sox, Tucson Sahuaros, Phoenix Senators, Mesa Miners and the Golden State Nine vintage base ball clubs, dressed in uniforms dating back a century or more, will play by rules in effect when Abraham Lincoln first ran for president in 1860. Play gets underway both days at 10 a.m. Admission to the games is $10 for one day or $15 for both days. Donations will also be gratefully accepted. All proceeds from the event will be used to pay for future renovations and improvements at Warren Ballpark.
Former major league pitcher Pat Darcy, who played for the Cincinnati Reds’ famed “Big Red Machine” of the 1970s, will be at the ballpark both days. Also on hand to entertain the “cranks” (as fans in the 19th Century were known) will be the Old Arizona Brass Band from Tucson, which plays music from the late 1800s, and the Bisbee High School band.
This year’s event will honor Charles Dillion “Casey” Stengel, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee who managed the New York Yankees to five consecutive world championships from 1949 through 1953 and Bisbee resident Harry Althaus.
Casey Stengel brought a traveling team of well-known major leaguers to Warren Ballpark after the end of the 1920 baseball season. On the mound for the Bisbee team that day was Harry Althaus, a WWI marine who would serve in the mid-1920s as an ace pitcher in the outlaw leagues which would feature four of the nine men banished from baseball for allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series.
Beer from Tombstone Brewery and traditional ballpark cuisine will be available for purchase. Fans will also be able to buy merchandise related to the ballpark and its storied history.