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What: Territorial Baseball in Arizona, a presentation
Who: John D. Tenney, baseball historian and writer, founder Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League
Michael A. Dietrich, captain of the Bisbee Bees, an Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League team
When: Saturday, March 7 @ 11 a.m.
Where: Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix
Price: Museum entry and parking are free
Baseball was a part of Arizona’s early history as a state. The state’s first governor, George W.P. Hunt, recognized the value
of baseball in his prison reform agenda. View several baseball artifacts from the 1890s – 1920s and the “modern vintage”
ball, bat and glove used in the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League.
“Baseball continues to be an important part of the Arizona experience,” said Sec. of State Michele Reagan. “From Cactus
League Spring Training, to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Fall League; our state is the place to ‘play ball.’”
About the Presenter
John Tenney is a baseball historian and writer focusing on the history of baseball during Arizona's Territorial period, from 1863 to 1912. He has spent the past six years and thousands of hours unearthing rare and forgotten information about the early days of America’s pastime as it looked in the days of the Arizona Territory. Tenney has worked with state libraries across the U.S., as well as the Society of Baseball Research to find every scrap of fact available. He is currently working on a book about the subjects of his discoveries.
About the Collector
Dr. Mike Dietrich is a pharmacist and Associate Dean at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy. He also holds a degree in history and his passions include playing vintage baseball, baseball equipment history and Lionel trains. He has an extensive collection of pre-World War II baseball equipment and ephemera. Mike has been a member of the Bisbee Bees Base Ball Club for more than seven years and has captained the team for past three seasons. He plays center gardener under the nickname “Death to Flying Things.”
About the Arizona Capitol Museum
The Arizona Capitol Museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking for Museum guests in Wesley Bolin Plaza at 17th Avenue and Washington Street. For more information, call 602.926.3620. The Museum is a branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State.