Thursday, April 8, 2010

Old-Time Baseball in Bisbee

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Remember when baseball was more sport than business? Catch some old-time baseball in Bisbee this weekend.

Here's a press release we received:

Vintage Base Ball & Live Entertainment Highlights a Weekend of Family Fun

BISBEE, AZ: Baseball fans - or cranks as they were called back in the 1800s - can take a trip back in time to see the game as it was played during its earliest years Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 when the Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament takes place at Bisbee’s century-old Warren Ballpark. Four teams bearing names from the grand old days of baseball in Arizona - including the Bisbee Bees and the Phoenix Senators — will take the field wearing old-style uniforms and tiny fielding gloves (some even play bare-handed) to play the game as it was played 140 years ago!

Gates will open at 11 a.m. Saturday with the first game scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Gates will open Sunday at 9 a.m. with the first game getting underway at 10 a.m.. Tickets prices

are $10 for a single day and $15 for both days; children age 12 and under are admitted free with an adult ticket. Hot dogs, sodas, cold beer and souvenirs will be available.

The two-day event will feature music from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Arthritis Brothers, a string trio that plays traditional music from the 19th and early 20th centuries, will play at noon on Saturday April 10th. The Desert Sons, a quartet, will play 1930s/40s style “singing cowboys” music a la the Sons of the Pioneers, at noon on Sunday April 11th.

The tournament will also be used to introduce the 2010 Copper Kings semi-pro baseball team that plays summer league baseball at Warren Ballpark. Scheduled to be honored is Mike Frosco, Bisbee High School’s baseball coach and 2005 Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee. This year’s tournament is dedicated to the late Russ Kusmertz, pitcher for the 1948 and 1949 Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings and beloved local philanthropist.

Warren Ballpark, a living museum that has hosted generations of ball players since opening in 1909 — from town teams to minor league teams and outlaw leagues partly comprised of players implicated in the 1919 Black Sox scandal - remains in regular use today by the summer league Bisbee Copper Kings and the Bisbee High School Pumas.

The two-day event is sponsored by the Friends of Warren Ballpark, teaming up with the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League. All proceeds will go towards renovation of this nationally-significant landmark, starting with repair of the patched grandstand screening. To learn more about the tournament and The Friends of Warren Ballpark, call: 520 432-3813 or visit

Bisbee is a popular weekend destination located 90-miles southeast of Tucson. The city features charming architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a Smithsonian affiliate museum, stellar art galleries, sidewalk cafes and the most authentic mine tour in Arizona, guided by retired miners. Plan to stay the night and enjoy Bisbee’s old-world charm.

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