What started out as a friendly baseball game between two friends reached a major milestone this past Memorial Day weekend when the Douglas Vets hosted the Los Angeles Broncos in what is now being called the Sergio Brown-Ruben Campas Memorial Baseball Classic. This year’s Classic; the 50th anniversary, had two games played on Saturday, May 25 followed by another two games on Sunday, May 26 at Copper King Stadium. Douglas won two games and lost two games in the series losing games one and three 16-5 and 15-3 while winning games two and four 12-1 and 14-6. Although the name sakes have passed on, family members on both sides, accompanied by longtime friends and supporters, were in Douglas for the historic meeting. Two of the family members in attendance was Socorro Brown and Laura Campas, wives of the late Sergio Brown and Ruben Campas. In between the third and fourth games, three scholarships, courtesy of Eddie Campas of Campas Construction and Dr. David Medina, were handed out to DHS graduates Loretta Chin, Mikaella Parra and Alex Vera Galaz. Players who have played in the games at one time, along with people who have contributed in making the event a success, were also recognized. Following the last game on Sunday a celebration was held at the American Legion. Efrain Brown, Sergio Brown’s younger brother, was one of the family members in town for the classic. “The years have flown by so fast, it’s hard to believe this is our 50th,” he said. “This has been truly a great experience. A lot of people have played with us over the years.” Brown said when he first began playing in the classic, he was 22. He turns 70 this year and said he is hanging up his cleats and putting away his glove. “I will still be around to help out, I just won’t be playing anymore,” he said. “When we first started playing never did I think these games would go on this long.” Brown said one special memory that stands out to him in the series came when Ricky Chavez hit back to back to back homeruns about 20-years ago in a Memorial Day weekend game against the Broncos. “All three homeruns were to deep center field and all three landed in the Little League field,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this tradition continue.” Sponsors for the baseball games in Douglas this year were: Dairy Queen, Brown Page Mortuary, Freeport McMoRan, Luminaria, the Best Western, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Brown family. Committee members are: Jesse Hughes, Eddie Campas, Hector Leon, Chubby Flores, Efrain Brown and Javier Fimbres. This coming Labor Day, a group of Douglas players will drive to Los Angeles where another series of games will be played.

What started out as a friendly baseball game between two friends reached a major milestone this past Memorial Day weekend when the Douglas Vets hosted the Los Angeles Broncos in what is now being called the Sergio Brown-Ruben Campas Memorial Baseball Classic.

This year’s Classic; the 50th anniversary, had two games played on Saturday, May 25 followed by another two games on Sunday, May 26 at Copper King Stadium. Douglas won two games and lost two games in the series losing games one and three 16-5 and 15-3 while winning games two and four 12-1 and 14-6.

Although the name sakes have passed on, family members on both sides, accompanied by longtime friends and supporters, were in Douglas for the historic meeting. Two of the family members in attendance was Socorro Brown and Laura Campas, wives of the late Sergio Brown and Ruben Campas.

In between the third and fourth games, three scholarships, courtesy of Eddie Campas of Campas Construction and Dr. David Medina, were handed out to DHS graduates Loretta Chin, Mikaella Parra and Alex Vera Galaz. Players who have played in the games at one time, along with people who have contributed in making the event a success, were also recognized.

Following the last game on Sunday a celebration was held at the American Legion.

Efrain Brown, Sergio Brown’s younger brother, was one of the family members in town for the classic.

“The years have flown by so fast, it’s hard to believe this is our 50th,” he said. “This has been truly a great experience. A lot of people have played with us over the years.”

Brown said when he first began playing in the classic, he was 22. He turns 70 this year and said he is hanging up his cleats and putting away his glove.

“I will still be around to help out, I just won’t be playing anymore,” he said. “When we first started playing never did I think these games would go on this long.”

Brown said one special memory that stands out to him in the series came when Ricky Chavez hit back to back to back homeruns about 20-years ago in a Memorial Day weekend game against the Broncos.

“All three homeruns were to deep center field and all three landed in the Little League field,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this tradition continue.”

Sponsors for the baseball games in Douglas this year were: Dairy Queen, Brown Page Mortuary, Freeport McMoRan, Luminaria, the Best Western, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Brown family.

Committee members are: Jesse Hughes, Eddie Campas, Hector Leon, Chubby Flores, Efrain Brown and Javier Fimbres.

This coming Labor Day, a group of Douglas players will drive to Los Angeles where another series of games will be played.

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