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INSIDE:

CLUBHOUSE
CRONICLES

Jimmy Palermo, during a historic 7-day span in May, 1939, saw the meteoric rise of Williams and tragic decline of Gehrig.

THE GAME'S
GOLDEN ERA

An exclusive WIWAG ongoing feature.


MEMORIES
The field seemed vast to a 7-year old who had looked forward to this day for two months.

BREAKING THE COLOR LINE
The year marks the 60th anniversary of the first major league tryout for black players.

SPECIAL COLOR
LINE TIMELINE

Bud Fowler is the first know black players on an integrated team.

BOOMING BATS
of the '50s

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AMERICA'S ORIGINAL
SPORTS BAR
First sports bar featured 12-inch Farnsworth TV.

BASEBALL
HISTORIANS

Two unsuspecting vintage baseball fans rediscover a "National Treasure."

BAT NO 1: Above, Logan's choice of lumber is a Louisville Slugger (model S188) with a signature barrel stamp.

BAT NO 2: Below, as in 1953, Johnny stuck with a Louisville Slugger (model S188) with signature barrel stamp.




BRAVES SHORTSTOP Johnny Logan used this bat, one of two Johnny Logan bats in the Booming Bats of the 50s Commemorative collection, in a series between the Braves and Cardinals at Sportsman's Park in September of 1953. The second place Braves, 13 games behind the pace-setting Dodgers, took 2 out of 3 from the Redbirds. Logan had a solid season hitting .273 with 167 hits, 11 homers and 73 RBIs.

LOGAN USED THIS BAT in an August 1955 series with the Cardinals. He had a consistent series with at least one hit in each game and RBIs in victories in games one and three. The Braves took the series from the Redbirds three games to four. The 1955 season was the four-time all-star's most productive offensive year posting a .297 average on 177 hits, 13 home runs and 83 RBIs.

JOHNNY LOGAN

ALL-STAR: 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1959

Logan was leader of Braves' pennant-winning teams

Johhny was a clutch hitter, good fielder — and never backed down from a fight

MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR

LOGAN LED the league in 1955 with 37 doubles — and reached career highs with 83 RBIs and a .297 batting average.
JOHHNY LOGAN WEB LINKS

Johnny Logan began his Major League baseball career on April 17, 1951 with the Boston Braves. Logan played for 13 seasons for the Braves and Pirates — and ended his big league playing career in 1963.

Johnny was a minor league star in Milwaukee for four years and a Major League standout when he moved there with the Braves in 1953.

He was the shortstop for the 1957 and 1958 National League pennant winning Braves.

During the 50's, there were a number of good shortstops playing in the National League — Pee Wee Reese, Alvin Dark, Ernie Banks and Roy McMillan, just to name a few.

Logan was every bit as important to his team as any shortstop playing during that time. Although he wasn’t as talented as teammates Hank Aaron or Eddie Mathews, Logan was the on-field leader of the Braves in the 1950s. He was a clutch hitter, good fielder and never backed down from a fight.

In 1955 he led the league with 37 doubles and reached career highs with 83 RBIs and a .297 batting average.


JOHNNY LOGAN, fiery and fiercely competitive, was the on-field leader of the Braves in the 1950s.

Traded to Pittsburgh in 1961, he served the Pirates as a backup infielder and pinch hitter through 1963. He was a National League all-star shortstop in 1955, ’57, ’58 and 59, and had a .268 lifetime average with 1,407 hits.

JOHHNY LOGAN: Did you know...

....Logan was signed by the Boston Braves before the 1947 season as an amateur free agent.

...Logan was traded by the Milwaukee Braves in June 1961 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Gino Cimoli.

...Logan was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Oct. 1963.

...Logan was born March 23, 1927 in Endicott, New York.

JOHHNY LOGAN was among this quintette of Braves who produced the biggest power show of the 1953 season. On Aug. 30 the group racked up eight home runs in the first game of a double-header in Pittsburg to set a new National League record. The Braves then added four more round-trippers in the nightcap for a day's total of 12 to smash the senior loop records for a double-header and the total for two successive games. The Braves' record-tying home run parade in the first game, above left to right, included Jack Dittmer, Logan, Edddie Mathews (who socked a pair), Jim Pendleton (who hit three) and Del Crandall. Mathews and Logan also had circuit clouts in the nightcap.

JOHNNY LOGAN played for 13 seasons for the Braves and Pirates — and ended his big league playing career in 1963.