Bisbee Copper Kings
The Bisbee Copper Kings were a semi-pro baseball team located in Bisbee, Arizona. They were founded in 2006 asthe Bisbee Kings by Bob Lipp. The team played in a loose league organization known as the Border Series, and won the league championship in 2006.
In 2007 the team was renamed the Bisbee Copper Kings. It was purchased by Bisbee businessmen Frank Barco and Tom Mosier and played the season in the 4-team Centennial League. The Copper Kings compiled a 18-12 record against teams from Casa Grande, Phoenix, San Luis and Tucson.
The 2008 Copper Kings play in the six-team Pacific Southwest Baseball League, comprised of the Copper Kings, theCasa Grande Cotton Kings, the Lake Havasu Heat, the PhoenixGarden of Gears, the San Luis Bandidos and the Tucson Nationals.
Warren Ball Park, built in 1909 by the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company, is the Copper Kings' home field. Constructed of adobe and steel, Warren Ball Park is the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the UnitedStates.
The Copper Kings' lineage can be traced back to 1949, when the Class C Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings replaced theBisee-Douglas Miners, alternating home games at Warren Ballpark and Copper King Stadium in nearby Douglas. From 1950-51 the Copper Kings, playing in the Arizona-Texas League (1950) and Southwest International League(1951), were affiliated with the Brooklyn Dodgers. They returned to the Arizona-Texas League in 1952. They remainedwith the Arizona-Texas league until the 1955, when they joined the Arizona-Mexico League. The minor league CopperKings played their final games in Bisbee in 1955, becoming the Douglas Copper Kings for the last three years of theirexistence.
Syd Cohen, the last pitcher to strike out Babe Ruth while in a Yankee uniform and the last pitcher to give up a homerun to the Bambino, managed the Copper Kings during their during their 1951, 1952 and 1953 seasons. Clint "ScrapIron" Courtney, a future big league catcher for the Yankees, Browns, Orioles, White Sox and Senators started his feudwith future Yankee player and major league manager Billy Martin while playing behind the plate for the Copper Kings.
Another Copper King who started his career as a catcher was future major league pitcher Earl Wilson. A 22-gamewinner for the 1968 Detroit Tigers, Wilson was the starting pitcher for the Tigers in game three of the World Seriesthat year. In 1962, while playing with the Boston Red Sox, he pitched a no-hit, no-run game in which he also hit thegame-winning home run.
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This 1907-08 panoramic view is of the Warren District where the ballpark was built shortly after this photo was taken. The ballpark sits to the left trolly barn, which sits on the right side of the photo. Joy Timbers which owns Calumet & Arizona Guest House, which is pictured here, was built in 1907. We know ballpark construction was started sometime from 1906-08. Thank you Joy for your information
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