Archaeology professor, students dig into Bisbee baseball history

Maddy Ryan
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017Archaeology professor, students dig into Bisbee baseball history

BISBEE – The students digging beneath the stands at Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark have unearthed a few artifacts that provide a glimpse into what life was like for fans of the century-old ballpark: firearm cartridges, broken glass bottles, bus tokens.Robert Schon, an associate professor of archaeology at the University of Arizona, leads the archeological dig, which includes both high school and college students. He said he started the project to establish a better picture of what the local economy looked like during the early 1900s.“You sort of equate going to the ballpark with drinking beers and that sort of thing, but in Bisbee, that’s less of the case. (Baseball) was a little more temperate or a family-oriented activity,” Schon said. “We’re kind of debunking the myth of the Wild West.”The Calumet Mining Co. originally constructed Warren Ballpark in 1909 as a recreational area for the company’s miners and their families, according to The Arizona Experience. The Bisbee Unified School District now owns the ballpark and uses it regularly for local high school football and baseball games.Most historians have focused on the famous baseball players who took the field since its opening.
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                <div class="ms-info"><p  style="font-size:16px;font-style:italic; "> Before the students arrive at the Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Robert Schon begins the meticulous task of recording the site’s measurements. (Photo by Maddy Ryan/Cronkite News)</p></div>

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