Warren BallPark in Bisbee AZ
by Don Nelson
Special thanks go out to Don Nelson for this quality contribution. Warren Ballpark is one of the old ballparks that lays claim to being the oldest that is still in use in the US. It was built in 1909 and is still used today.
During its hey-day the park played host to Hall of Fame baseball legends. John McGraw led his Giants into Bisbee for an exhibition game against the White Sox on November 7, 1913. The Giants beat the Sox 9-1 at Warren Ballpark. Olympic Gold Medalist Jim Thorpe crashed one of five home runs struck by the Giants in the game. The day before, New York beat Chicago 14-5 25 miles down the road in Douglas.
The Stadium was built by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company and is said to predate Chicago's Wrigley Field. It is currently the home of the Bisbee Killer Termites and Bisbee High School Pumas baseball team. The ballpark was recently home of the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings of the independent Arizona-Mexico League.
The website "www.friendsofwarrenballpark.com" provides some valuable research on the history of this park in Bisbee, Arizona, some of which was used here.