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Warren Ballpark, Bisbee, AZ

 

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Historic Warren Ballpark, the oldest continuously operating baseball stadium in America was the site of the 1917 IWW Bisbee Deportation.

On the morning of July 12, 1917, armed deputized citizens, under the direction of the Phelps-Dodge Mining Company arrested and forcibly marched over 1200 striking miners affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World, and supporters in the community, most of them Mexican Americans and southern and eastern European immigrants, to Warren Ballpark where they were temporarily imprisoned at gunpoint. The miners were then locked in boxcars without food or water and shipped in the desert heat for over sixteen hours into New Mexico.

The ballpark stands much as it did in 1917 as a testament to the long struggle for labor rights and one of the darkest chapters in southwest history, a violent red scare attack by corporate America and the attempted ethnic cleansing of Bisbee.

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