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Bisbee in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Warren Ball Park

 
 
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Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
1. The Warren Ball Park Marker
Inscription.  Originally constructed of wood in 1908, the Warren Ball Park is the oldest in the state of Arizona and stands as testimony to Bisbee's rich heritage. The Warren Company, a subsidiary of the Calumet & Arizona and Pittsburgh & Superior Mining Companies, built the park at a cost of $5,000.00. The first backfield wall was inside the bleachers and stood at 380 feet. In 1930, the WPA re-built the park comprised of a cast-in-place concrete grandstand and wooden fence surrounding the outfield. The backfield wall currently stands as 444 feet. A number of semi-professional teams and "outlaw" players have played in the park, beginning with the City Beautiful Team in 1908, The Bisbee Bees in the late 1920's, The Arizona Texas League in the 1930's and The Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings in the 1940's. In 1955, Bisbee witnessed the last year of the minor-league baseball in the park. The park is currently being used by the Bisbee School District for varsity and junior varsity sports events and Bisbee Little League play.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. In addition,
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it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
 
Location. 31° 24.656′ N, 109° 52.727′ W. Marker is in Bisbee, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is at the intersection of Arizona Street and Ruppe Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Arizona Street. Marker is on the southwest corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bisbee AZ 85603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walter Douglas House (approx. half a mile away); City of Bisbee Warrior Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Viewing the Pit (approx. 2.1 miles away); Why dig the Pit? (approx. 2.1 miles away); How the Pit was Made (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bisbee World War II Memorial (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Lavender Pit (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Importance of Copper Mining (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bisbee.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Inaccuracies in the marker content
The historical marker outside Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, AZ contains inaccuracies. The first involves the date of construction. The ballpark was built in 1909, not 1908. The grandstands were rebuilt in 1937, not 1930. The WPA didn't
The Warren Ball Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
2. The Warren Ball Park Marker
exist in 1930. It was a creation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, which took office in 1933. The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox played the first game to take place on the field after the grandstands were rebuilt, on April 6, 1937.
    — Submitted May 18, 2012, by Michael R. Anderson of Bisbee, Arizona.
 
The Warren Ball Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
3. The Warren Ball Park
The Warren Ball Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 17, 2011
4. The Warren Ball Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,353 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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