The Cal-Mex Baseball League is celebrating its 60-year anniversary with opening day ceremonies this Sunday at Stockton’s Stribley Park. The festivities will begin at noon.
This year the league will feature 20 amateur adult clubs, including four from the Manteca area — the Manteca-based San Joaquin Outlaws, Lathrop Mets, Ripon Rays and Weston Ranch Giants. The Rays are competing in one of two games on Opening Day and will face Nor-Cal Hooks at 1:30 p.m.
Civil rights lawyer Cruz Reynoso, the first Chicano Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, will throw out the first pitch to Stockton Vice Mayor Christina Fugazi. Guest speakers include Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva and United Latinos President Arturo Aleman.
Patrick Trestler, Enos Hunt, Peter Felix Agbulos and Cal-Mex Baseball commissioner Anthony Owens will be presented with lifetime achievement awards. Also set to be recognized are Cal-Mex Baseball co-founder Primo Orosco and Ben Valverde, one of the original players from the inaugural 1955 season.
For more information about the event and the league, visit www.calmexbaseball.org.