A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, Jim and I had a great time at the Women of Ft. Lowell event watching the Bisbee Black Sox play the Tucson Saguaros in an old time baseball event. Following this event, he asked Randi Bellassai of the The Arizona Experience here in Tucson, to write some history. Following is a history of Warren Ballpark, Bisbee Arizona.
Bisbee, Arizona boasts an exciting piece of baseball history. It is home to the Warren Ballpark, considered the oldest continuously used professional baseball venue in the country. The field was built in 1909, five years before Wrigley Field in Chicago!
Major League Enjoyment at Warren Ballpark, Bisbee Arizona
Many baseball legends have hit the ball in Warren. Designed for miners and their families, the field quickly became a popular stop for traveling teams. On November 7, 1913, the big leagues hit the Warren Ballpark when the New York Giants played the Chicago White Sox in a post-season game as the two teams made their way around the world by steamship (including the Lusitania, from England back to the states) and passenger train. The celebrated tour received continuous press coverage throughout 1913-1914.
During the Bisbee game, Jim Thorpe, still legendary for his strength, speed, and endurance, literally hit the ball out of the park for a memorable home run. Hal Chase, of the Giants, the Yankees, and the Cincinnati Reds, played that day, too. He would return to the Warren Ballpark in a different context. Axed from the major leagues in 1920 for fixing games in the “Black Sox” scandal, Chase later became a player-manager for the Douglas Blues. In fact, several players banned from the majors played “outlaw baseball” in Warren for Frontier and Copper Leagues throughout the 1920s. Read More