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7th Annual Copper Classic Base Ball

April 16 & 17, 2016
<h4>7th Annual Copper Classic Base Ball</h4>“BUTTON” SALMON and “PRINCE HAL” CHASE TO BE HONORED AT BISBEE VINTAGE BASE BALL TOURNAMENT APRIL 16-17. On Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, join the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League as it honors the man who gave the University of Arizona its legendary slogan “Bear Down.”... read more

7th Annual Copper Classic Base Ball

April 16 & 17, 2016

“BUTTON” SALMON and “PRINCE HAL” CHASE TO BE HONORED AT BISBEE VINTAGE BASE BALL TOURNAMENT APRIL 16-17

On Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, join the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League as it honors the man who gave the University of Arizona its legendary slogan “Bear Down.”

The inspiring life story of U of A student body president and athlete John “Button” Salmon, Bisbee High School class of 1921, will be celebrated during the 7th Annual Copper City Classic Vintage base Ball Tournament held at historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee.

Although best known as a football player for the Arizona Wildcats during the 1920s, “Button” Salmon was also a star catcher for the U of A varsity baseball team and played at Warren Ballpark for Bisbee on its “outlaw league” team during the summer of 1926.

Fatally injured in a traffic accident at the beginning of the 1926 college football season, Salmon urged his teammates to “Bear Down” in a final message.

Members of Button Salmon’s family will be on hand to honor his memory, as will be University of Arizona Vice President for Athletics Greg Byrne.

Hal

Also to be honored is Hal Chase, considered to be the finest first baseman in major league baseball ball during the early 20th century. “Prince Hal” first appeared at Warren Ballpark in November 1913, as a member of John McGraw’s New York Giants, traveling across the country and around the globe during the historic 1913-1914 World Tour by the Giants and Chicago White Sox. He returned to Warren Ballpark on numerous occasions as an outlaw league player and manager during the 1920s.

Hal Chase III and Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase, grandsons of Hal Chase, and other members of the Chase family will be in attendance during the tournament. They will discuss their grandfather’s storied baseball career during our Saturday night musical event.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 16 and 17, 2016 at the Historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona. Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. on both days. Games will be played all day. Watch teams play by 1860 rules in old-time uniforms by rules in effect when Abraham Lincoln was president. Cheer for the local team, the Bisbee Black Sox.

Cost: Two-day ticket: $15 / One-day ticket: $10 / Ages 12 and under free with adult ticket

U of A students, employees of the U of A and members of the U of A Alumni Association will receive a $3 discount on any tickets purchased and will also receive a 50 percent discount on the first craft beer purchased at our concession stand.

Added attraction: 6:30 P.M. Saturday Night Post Game Blues at the Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill: James T. “Mudcat” Grant, major baseball pitching ace and noted blues singer, will return to Warren Ballpark to sign autographs and meet fans during the tournament. Mudcat will be joined by the Cholla High School Blues Standard, Pat ‘Guitar Slim’ Chase, Arizona Blues Legend Hans Olson and noted Tucson Blues performers the Garcia Brothers.

The Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament is an annual event held by the Friends of Warren Ballpark to generate funds for maintaining and renovating the Bisbee Unified School District’s historic 107-year-old multi-sport athletic facility.

You Haven't Seen Bisbee until You've Seen the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.

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Once known as "The Queen of the Copper Camps", Bisbee nestles among the Mule Mountains of southeast Arizona, world renowned for its diverse minerals and wealth of copper. Although its mines closed in the 1970s, the town's legacy has been preserved not only in its architecture and mining landscape, but in a museum that has welcomed, educated and entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Historic photo of Bisbee

Bisbee's storied past is recorded, reflected and retold in this museum like no other; it is one of only 2,000 sites nationwide honored as a National Registered Landmark. Once the corporate headquarters of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company (eventually purchased by Phelps Dodge Corporation), the museum is at the center of town and at the heart of its history, an evolving tribute to the community, its determined citizens and the industry that helped build it.

Queen Mine Tour Photo

What's more, it's part of the Smithsonian Institution's Affiliations Program, the first museum in the southwest to be designated – and distinguished – as an Affiliate. Since 1998, this has been a growing partnership between the nation's largest museum and one of its smallest.

It gets better. Because once you've seen who did it and how it was done, you can walk over to the Queen Mine Tour, put on a hard hat and venture underground to see where it was done.

Hours:
Open Daily • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fees:
Adults: $8.00
Seniors (60+): $7.00
Children under 16: $3.00

Location:
No. 5 Copper Queen Plaza
Bisbee, Arizona
(520) 432-7071

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