The Friends of the Warren Ballpark is hosting the 4th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament, Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, Sunday April 7th, 2013 at Bisbee’s 104 year-old Historic Warren Ballpark, the REAL Field of Dreams in Bisbee, Arizona. Gates open at 10:00 A.M. on both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy old style base ball played by 1860 rules.
Join fellow cranks--the 1800’s term for fans--as the teams take the field wearing old-style uniforms to play the game as it was played 140 years ago! At least six teams will be playing in this year’s tournament. Five Arizona Territory Vintage Base Ball League teams including our local team, the Bisbee Black Sox are featured. Also, last year’s fan’s favorite, the Colorado All-Stars team, is returning.
The two-day event is dedicated to Earl Wilson, John McGraw, and Tony Antista. Earl Wilson started his professional career as a catcher in 1953 with the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings. He went on to pitch a no-hitter for the Red Sox in 1962. After being traded to Detroit, Earl Wilson won 22 games for the Tigers in 1967. Jim "Mudcat" Grant, the first African-American 20 game pitcher and author of The Black Aces will be present to talk about Earl Wilson’s career.