A “Blues” baseball team here in 1910

The Bisbee Blue baseball team, which inhabited Warren Ball Park last summer, but which won’t be back this year, had a predecessor, it appears.

Warren Blues baseball teamBack in 1910, there was a kids team known as the Warren Blues. The Bisbee Daily Review reported on a “spirited game” at Warren between the Medigovich White Sox, of Bisbee, and the Warren Blues. Remember that at the time, Bisbee and Warren were separate communities. Couldn’t find any other mention of the team in the paper.

“The indigo hue of the Warren team was deepened by the final score, which read 42 to 28 in favor of the Bisbee lads.” Sounds more like a basketball or football score, but since the story was dated June 28, we’ll have to assume it was baseball. Certainly a batter’s game.

Looking a little further, we see that there also were volleyball Blues — several of them. A report from the same month shows Reds and Blues, from the Y.M.C.A., the H.S. [high school?], the City and the C.Q. [Copper Queen.] They played at both Ys. [Where was the volleyball court at the Y.W.C.A.?]

“Secretary Pollard” [of the Bisbee Y.M.C.A.] is greatly interested in volleyball because the game was invented by a friend and college mate of his.

“The inventor was a great tennis player and being deprived of tennis during the winter, thought out volleyball, which is the game nearest related to tennis of any.”

The building that is now the Gym Club Suites went through several lives. It was built as the Gymnasium Club [probably of brick manufactured near Naco], opening in February 1903, and financed by Copper Queen Mining Co. interests. It later became the men’s Y and in the middle years of the 20th century served as a recreation center for the community. Later it was privatized and made into apartments before become a lodging establishment.

Wikipedia credits William G. Morgan (1870-1942) with the invention of volleyball in 1895, first calling it mintonette. Morgan had attended the YMCA International Training School with James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. The sport was designed for weaker young men, non-athlete adults and older adults who couldn’t keep up with basketball.

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