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Copper City Classic vintage baseball tourament (Bisbee, AZ)

The 2015 Copper City Classic vintage base ball tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, 2015, at Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona.

Teams from the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League will be playing by 1860s rules (no gloves!), so come on down to historic Warren Ballpark in Bisbee to cheer them on.

This year’s tournament will honor two outstanding athletes who played baseball at Warren Ballpark in years past: Clint “Scrap Iron” Courtney and Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Clint Courtney began his professional baseball career as the catcher for the 1947 Bisbee Yanks before moving up the ladder to a colorful and successful career in the big leagues during the 1950s and '60s. Clarence Dupnik, a 1954 Bisbee High School graduate, was a star third baseman for the Pumas before beginning a distinguished career with the Tucson Police Department and as Pima County’s longest-serving Sheriff.

Jim “Mudcat” Grant, ace American League pitcher, baseball historian and musician, is planning to return for the Post Game Blues concert. Last year Mudcat missed the tournament to receive the prestigious Jackie Robinson Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Face of Adversity on the same date. Join Mudcat along with Tucson’s Cholla High School Blues Standards and Bisbee’s own Russell “Cat Daddy” Gillespie and his 12-Barz Blues Band for Saturday evening’s Post-Game Blues concert at the Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill in historic Brewery Gulch.

Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for both days. Children 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Active military are free on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the gate. Gates open at 9 a.m. and play will continue until approximately 5 p.m. All funds are used to restore Warren Ballpark and specifically for the project to build modern, ADA accessible restrooms.

To purchase advance tickets, contact Mike or Judy Anderson or call (520) 432-3813. For more information, visit http://www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com.

 

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