Striker to the line: Vintage baseball tournament set this weekend in Bisbee

2014-04-10T00:00:00Z Striker to the line: Vintage baseball tournament set this weekend in BisbeeBy Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A anachronistic experience awaits baseball fans who travel to Bisbee this weekend.

The Fifth Copper City Classic vintage baseball tournament will take place in Bisbee’s historic Warren Ballpark Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers are going back — way, way back — to showcase the sport as it was rolled out more than 150 years ago.

“It’s baseball the way it was played when Abraham Lincoln was running for his first term in presidency,” said Mike Anderson, historian and member of the Bisbee Black Sox. “You do some time traveling.”

Teams from the Arizona Territories league will square off in games that fit the time period.

Instead of “batter up,” the umpire (or arbitrator) yells “striker to the line.”

“Scoring a run” becomes “tallying an ace.”

The uniforms are different. The equipment is different.

Anderson likens the players to the Civil War re-enactors who fight each year at Picacho Peak, except, “re-enactors know who is going to win and who is going to lose. We are a legitimate sport. We don’t know who is going to win.”

The tournament runs from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A concert featuring the Cholla Blues Standard, Cholla High Magnet School’s blues band and Cat Daddy Gillespie & The 12 Barz Blues Band will take place after the games on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for both days. Warren Ballpark is at the corner of Rupee Avenue and Arizona Street in Bisbee. Visit for more information.

Gerald M. Gay

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