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Though the name Mike Morrow has been associated with the tournament, the true father of this 62-year-old tradition is Les Cassie, long-time high school baseball coach and mentor to hundreds of young men in his career.

In the years immediately following World War II, San Diego high school baseball teams used to travel to Pomona to play in Easter vacation tournaments. In the fall of 1950, the school administrators decided these trips were too expensive and pulled the San Diego teams out.

Les Cassie was not deterred. He came up with the idea of putting on a tournament in San Diego and inviting Southern California high school teams to compete during Easter week.

"I remember Mike Morrow was a member of the Lions Club," Cassie says, "and one day, I asked him if he thought it possible that the Lions would sponsor a baseball tournament. In that gruff voice of his, Morrow said, 'Why not?'" Since he was a member of the Lions Club, Morrow suggested Cassie present a proposal to the Board, asking them to sponsor the venture. His proposal was approved, and that's how the tournament came to be. The tournament's top division is named after Morrow as a way of honoring him for his legendary career as a highly successful coach, popular teacher and mentor to hundreds of boys over many years.

Cassie made his mark on the tournament early, winning the championship six out of the first nine years, building San Diego High into a dynasty and sending an unusually large number of players on to the majors. This tradition has continued to the present day, with tournament participants being drafted by big-league clubs virtually every year (see Major leaguers).

When asked to name the best player he ever coached, Les Cassie rattled off a string of names, refusing to specify one. In fact, he recalled that San Diego was an athletic powerhouse in those days. "There were so many fine players, it's almost impossible to name them all."

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Les Cassie retired in 1977, taking with him a scrapbook full of memories from a 30-year career as a coach, teacher and school administrator. Les lived quietly in Borrego Springs until a few years ago. His tournament has grown to be the oldest, biggest and in the opinion of many knowledgeable baseball people, the best high school tournament in the nation. Annually, the tournament attracts some of America's finest teams. According to some reports, it also attracts the largest collection of college and major league scouts to assemble in one place each year.

Tournament Winners for the Past 20 Years

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2010

DIVISION CHAMPION
Mike Morrow Classic Jupiter, Florida
Les Cassie - Premier Great Oak
AAAAAA (6A) Ramona
AAAAA (5A) Scripps Ranch
AAAA (4A) Nevada Union
AAA (3A) La Jolla Country Day
AA Capistrano Valley Christian
A L.A. Brentwood

2009

DIVISION CHAMPION
Mike Morrow Classic Temecula Valley
Les Cassie - Premier Vista
John Netterblad-5A Bonita Vista
Ray Hummell -4A St. Augustine
Bill Burrows -3A Santa Fe Christian
Jim Reed -2A Arleta
Jim Gordon - 1A Las Vegas Del Sol

2008

DIVISION CHAMPION
Mike Morrow Classic Poway
Les Cassie - Premier Vista
John Netterblad-5A Santana
Ray Hummell -4A Serra
Bill Burrows -3A Sweetwater
Jim Reed -2A San Marcos
Jim Gordon - 1A El Cajon

 

2007

DIVISION CHAMPION
Mike Morrow Classic Poway
Les Cassie - Premier Mission Bay
John Netterblad-AAAAAA Mt. Carmel
Ray Hummell -AAAAA Coronado
Bill Burrows -AAAA Point Loma
Jim Reed -AAA Clairemont
Jim Gordon - AA San Marcos
Bob Hinshaw -A Tri-City Christian

2006

DIVISION CHAMPION
Mike Morrow Classic Torrey Pines
Les Cassie - Premier Valencia
John Netterblad-AAAAA Westview
Ray Hummell -AAAA Mission Hills
Bill Burroughs -AAA Culver City
Jim Reed -AA Valley Center
Jim Gordon-A Bear River, Grass Valley

2005

DIVISION CHAMPION MVP
Mike Morrow Classic Rancho Bernardo John Drennen
John Netterblad-AAAAA Poway Mark Castellitto
Les Cassie-AAAA San Marcos Tim Deering
Ray Hummell-AAA Clairemont Vince Lopez
Bill Burrows-AA St.Paul (Santa Fe Spgs) Ryle Parks
Jim Reed-A Southwest (San Diego) vs. Linfield Christian Rained Out

2004

Classic Montgomery
AAAA San Pasqual
AAA San Marcos
AA Orange Glen
A Christian

2003 Championships Rained Out

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2002

Classic La Costa Canyon
AAAA Rancho Buena Vista
AAA St. Augustine
AA Southwest
A Santa Fe Christian

2001

Classic Basic (Henderson, NV)
AAAA Granite Hills
AAA San Marcos
AA Orange Glen
A (Ltd)Christian

2000

Classic Montgomery
AAAA Poway
AAA La Jolla
AA Lowell (San Francisco)
A Coronado

1999 Finals Rained Out

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1998

Classic Green Valley
AAAA Fallbrook
AAA Eastlake
AA Coronado

1997

Classic Grossmont
AAAA El Capitan
AAA St. Augustine
AA Madison
A Imperial

1996

Classic Monte Vista
AAA Castle Park
AA St. Augustine
A Marian

1995

Classic Grossmont
AAA El Cajon Valley
AA St. Augustine
A Marian

1994

Classic Green Valley
AAA USDHS
AA Lowell
A Christian

1993

AAA Fallbrook
AA Grossmont
A St. Augustine

1992

AAA Monte Vista
AA Mission Bay
A St. Augustine

1991 - Rained Out

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