Friends of Warren Ballpark News

FRIENDS OF WARREN BALLPARK PURPOSE

New scoreboard configurable for all sports

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.

PROMOTE

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.

Real ADA compliant bathrooms

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, April 4th and 5th, 2020

The Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament returns for its 11th year on April 4th and 5th, 2020 at Warren Ballpark. The Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League and the Friends of Warren Ballpark host the tournament. Teams are dressed in period uniforms and play by rules adopted when Lincoln was president. Come cheer or razz the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox.

April 4th and 5th, 2020, Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and games are played all day.

  • Tickets: $15 for both days; $10 for one day
  • Kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Active military are free on Sunday
  • Tombstone Brewing Company will serve local craft beer

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.

Tenth Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Warren Ballpark on April 6th and 7th, Commemorates 1919 Chicago White SoxTenth Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Warren Ballpark on April 6th and 7th, Commemorates 1919 Chicago White Sox

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

Tickets are available now at https://friendsofwarrenballpark.com/cart/tickets.aspx

Tenth Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Warren Ballpark on April 6th and 7th, Commemorates 1919 Chicago White SoxTenth Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Warren Ballpark on April 6th and 7th, Commemorates 1919 Chicago White Sox

Tenth Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament at Warren Ballpark on April 6th and 7th, Commemorates 1919 Chicago White Sox

In October 1919, most persons knowledgeable about baseball were confident that the heavily-favored Chicago White Sox would easily defeat the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. But the Reds upset the American League champions and the resultant scandal, implicating eight members of the White Sox team in conspiring with gamblers to “fix” the 1919 World Series, rocked major league baseball and almost destroyed the sport.

The eight players implicated in the scandal were branded as the “Black Sox” and were forever banished from “organized” baseball. Three of those Black Sox - Chick Gandil, Buck Weaver and Lefty Williams – along with Hal Chase, another major leaguer blackballed from baseball for his alleged involvement in the 1919 World Series scandal – would play during the 1920s in an “outlaw” league that included a team that called Bisbee’s historic Warren Ballpark its home field.

Almost a century has passed since the Black Sox scandal shocked the nation. The 1919 Chicago White Sox, a team loaded with talented players but tragically flawed by bickering factions, will be remembered at this year’s Tenth Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament, on April 6th and 7th, at Warren Ballpark.

Teams dressed in period uniforms and playing the game of base ball as it existed when Abraham Lincoln first ran for president, will take part in the two-day event at Bisbee’s 109-year-old ballpark. Vintage base ball is played without gloves, using an 1870-style lemon peel ball. Although, similar to modern baseball, the game also has some archaic rules that make it fun to watch.

Gates open at 9 a.m. both days and action will continue through early evening. This year’s tournament features teams from the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League and a travelling team from the Colorado Vintage Base Ball league.

Also scheduled to perform between games and innings on Saturday afternoon is the Old Arizona Brass Band from Tucson. The 18-piece band will perform 19th Century musical arrangements representing the 4th U.S. Cavalry regimental band, which entertained soldiers and civilians in southern Arizona during the 1870s and 80s.

The tournament is hosted by the Friends of Warren Ballpark, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Bisbee Council on the Arts and Humanities. The Friends organization is tasked with raising funds to renovate and improve the Bisbee Unified School District’s historic baseball and football facility. All proceeds from the event will go towards projects to upgrade Warren Ballpark, which was constructed in 1909 and has been in continuous use since.

10th Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament

Save the Date!

The Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament returns for its 10th year on April 6th and 7th, 2019 at Warren Ballpark. The Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League and the Friends of Warren Ballpark host the tournament. Teams are dressed in period uniforms and play by rules adopted when Lincoln was president. Come cheer or razz the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox.

This year the tournament commemorates the Black Sox players who were kicked out of baseball for fixing the 1919 World Series. Several players played on teams that appeared at Warren Ballpark.

April 6th and 7th, 2019, Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and games are played all day.

Tickets: $15 for both days; $10 for one day.

Kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Active military are free on Sunday.

Tombstone Brewery Company is invited to serve local craft beer.

The photo depicts the 1927 Bisbee Outlaw Team that played at Warren Ballpark

Help Us Save the Fence!

Save the Fence

Our latest major effort is to rebuild the fence. This is a huge project and we will need your support!

More info will be forthcoming shortly.

If you would like to donate to this project, you can send us some tax deductible money via our donation page or feel free to contact us.