VINTAGE BASEBALL TOURNEY

Bisbee's 'time machine' could use some repairs

2010-04-10T00:00:00Z Bisbee's 'time machine' could use some repairsPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 10, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Warren Ballpark was built in 1909.

It looks it - for better or worse.

The Friends of Warren Ballpark is hosting a two-day vintage baseball tournament this weekend to try to raise money for repairs.

Fans can play, too. On Sunday at 3 p.m., they are encouraged to arrive at Warren Ballpark with a white long-sleeved shirt, khaki pants, black socks and - if they're feeling saucy - a bow tie and suspenders.

It's all part of the fun, said Friends of Warren Ballpark chair Judy Anderson:

Q: What kind of money are you hoping to raise, and why?

A: We are a nonprofit group that organized last June. The purpose is to promote history of the park and to help the school district in maintaining and improving the park. The first project is to replace the screening behind home plate.

It's chicken wire and really patched. We asked the school district to give us an estimate, and it's about $7,500. Our next goal will be a membership drive.

Q: What could fans expect to see?

A: The rules are from the 1860s. All the pitching is underhand. If the ball's caught on one bounce, it's an out. The uniforms are different. They play with a lemon peel ball, that's a softer ball. They play with a heavy wooden bat. The umpire is called arbitrator.

Q: How important is the ballpark to Bisbee?

A: It's used for Bisbee High School baseball and football and (Bisbee) Copper Kings semipro baseball. It's an integral part of the community. We're hoping it will get more use and become part of the tourism activities that are so attractive in Bisbee.

On StarNet: See an audio slide show about the ballpark in Bisbee: azstarnet.com/multimedia

IF YOU GO

• What: Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament

• Who: Four teams from the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball league.

Schedule

• Saturday: Gates open at 11 a.m., with first of two games at 1 p.m.

• Sunday: Gates open at 9a.m., with first of two games at 10 a.m.

• Tickets: $10 for one day, $15 for two. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket.

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