Former shortstop Logan joins Miller Park Walk of Fame
MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee Braves shortstop Johnny Logan will be memorialized forever at Miller Park, earning a spot Thursday in the Miller Park Walk of Fame.
Logan, honored with a granite plaque in the terrace area walkway surrounding the stadium, received more than 72 percent of the vote in Walk of Fame balloting in January. The 32 votes consist of members of the Wisconsin media and Brewers executives.
"Believe me, this is the biggest honor that I received," Logan said in a news conference prior to the Brewers facing the Phillies. "Getting an honor here in Milwaukee at Miller [Park] is outstanding. To me, I'm proud of being a Milwaukeean."
Logan, joined by his son Jim and former Braves teammate Felix Mantilla at the news conference, played for the Boston Braves from 1951-52 before they moved to Milwaukee in '53, where he played until '61. He played the final three years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"We're very excited about this opportunity to have the Milwaukee Brewers recognize my father," Jim Logan said. "My father feels that today he is the luckiest man on the face of this earth to be able to play for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates."
Logan appeared in four All-Star Games with the Braves and was a member of the 1957 World Series championship team and the '58 National League championship team. He hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBIs in his 13-year career.
"Baseball came first," Logan said. "Milwaukee [residents] are pretty sports-minded people. They know when you play easy or hard."
Logan joins past Walk of Fame honorees Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Commissioner Bud Selig, Cecil Cooper, Bob Uecker, Harry Dalton, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Don Money, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, John Quinn and Lew Burdette.