Thanks for a Successful Vintage Base Ball Tournament

The home team, the Bisbee Black Sox, won all three of their games and the Friends of Warren Ballpark hosted our most successful Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball tournament yet. Many people helped make the tournament a success.

Thanks to the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League teams that travel from Phoenix and Tucson to play with the local Bisbee Black Sox. The Colorado All-Stars brought their colorful uniforms and showmanship to entertain the cranks (fans in 1860 parlance).

Thanks to Cory Giacoletti and John Stewart, the school district staff who devoted their weekend to working at the tournament. With the support of BHS Principal Laura Miller, the art students created a fine-looking sign welcoming the families of tournament honorees, Hal Chase and Button Salmon.

Support your local radio station KBRP. They spent two days announcing, entertaining the cranks and harassing the players.

The Sierra Vista Ragtime Band added authenticity to the event with their old-timey Oom-pah music.

The new restrooms, painted in Puma colors, red and grey, were unveiled. Thanks to Munsey Construction for completing the project before the tournament, architect Al Hopper for his design and help throughout the process and to Richard Hodges, BUSD Maintenance & Transportation Supervisor.

What’s a tournament without beer and hotdogs? Thanks to the Barco family for operating the concession stand, providing supplies and Barco Ice. They provided hotdogs and nachos with good humor for an unexpectedly large crowd. Cheers, to Beast Brewery for their generosity of time and tasty craft beer. Visit the Brewery in San Jose Plaza on Highway 92.

The arbitrators and tally-masters in period clothing ensure that 1860 rules are enforced and runs (Aces) are recorded. Thanks to Jeff McRoberts and Pat Kelly for keeping the teams “in line” as arbitrators. Thanks to Francine and Randy Powers from Bisbee Historic Tours, Penny and Dan Germain and Dave Cory for ensuring players “ring the bell” as required for an ace to count.

Kudos to Tom Nelson for pulling together a rousing Post-game Blues show at the Stock Exchange, despite several last minute changes. El Paso musician, grandson of Hal Chase, Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase was an added attraction.

Thanks to the many volunteers, too numerous to list for devoting your time. We are grateful to our many sponsors who help defray costs for this non-profit fundraiser. All proceeds go to projects that help maintain and enhance the 107-year-old Warren Ballpark, a community gem. As always we recognize the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities. Without their ongoing sponsorship, the Friends wouldn’t exist.

If anyone was missed, send an email to [email protected] You’ll be acknowledged on the Friends’ Facebook page.

Sincerely: The Friends of Warren Ballpark Board: Judy Anderson, Frank Barco, Dan Frey, Carol Loy, Tom Nelson, Rebecca Orozco, and Christine Rhodes

7th Annual Copper Classic News


On Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, join the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League as it honors the man who gave the University of Arizona its legendary slogan “Bear Down.”

The inspiring life story of U of A student body president and athlete John “Button” Salmon, Bisbee High School class of 1921, will be celebrated during the 7th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage base Ball Tournament held at historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee.

Although best known as a football player for the Arizona Wildcats during the 1920s, “Button” Salmon was also a star catcher for the U of A varsity baseball team and played at Warren Ballpark for Bisbee on its “outlaw league” team during the summer of 1926.

Fatally injured in a traffic accident at the beginning of the 1926 college football season, Salmon urged his teammates to “Bear Down” in a final message.

Members of Button Salmon’s family will be on hand to honor his memory, as will be University of Arizona Vice President for Athletics Greg Byrne.

Also to be honored is Hal Chase, considered to be the finest first baseman in major league baseball ball during the early 20th century. “Prince Hal” first appeared at Warren Ballpark in November 1913, as a member of John McGraw’s New York Giants, traveling across the country and around the globe during the historic 1913-1914 World Tour by the Giants and Chicago White Sox. He returned to Warren Ballpark on numerous occasions as an outlaw league player and manager during the 1920s.

Hal Chase III and Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase, grandsons of Hal Chase, and other members of the Chase family will be in attendance during the tournament. They will discuss their grandfather’s storied baseball career during our Saturday night musical event.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at the Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. on both days. Games will be played all day. Watch teams play by 1860 rules in old-time uniforms by rules in effect when Abraham Lincoln was president. Cheer for the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox.

Cost: Two-day ticket: $15 / One-day ticket: $10 / Ages 12 and under free with adult ticket

U of A students, employees of the U of A and members of the U of A Alumni Association will receive a $3 discount on any tickets purchased and will also receive a 50 percent discount on the first craft beer purchased at our concession stand.

Added attraction: 6:30 P.M. Saturday Night Post Game Blues at the Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill: James T. “Mudcat” Grant, major baseball pitching ace and noted blues singer, will return to Warren Ballpark to sign autographs and meet fans during the tournament. Mudcat will be joined by the Cholla High School Blues Standard, Pat ‘Guitar Slim’ Chase, Arizona Blues Legend Hans Olson and noted Tucson Blues performers the Garcia Brothers.

The Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament is an annual event held by the Friends of Warren Ballpark to generate funds for maintaining and renovating the Bisbee Unified School District’s historic 107-year-old multi-sport athletic facility.