The late Eddie Logan, the San Francisco Giants clubhouse manager for more than 30 years, was inducted into the Cactus League Hall of Fame during the 2014 Cactus League Lunch held Feb. 25 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria.
Mr. Logan was one of six inductees honored on Wednesday. The annual event serves as the official kick-off to the Cactus League season in Arizona. The Cactus League Hall of Fame was created last year to honor those who played a key role in the growth of spring training in Arizona.
The Cactus League was originated in Arizona in 1947.
This year’s inductees:
* Former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull, who was responsible for creating the funding mechanism that not only “saved” the Cactus League in 2000, but helped perpetuate growth of the league. Voter approval of Proposition 302 — a resort and rental car sales tax — has resulted additional stadiums and teams added to the league.
* Former Peoria Mayor Ron Travers. Mayor Travers was credited with creating the Greenway Sports Complex in Peoria, which once served as a training facility for the Milwaukee Brewers. Creation of the complex eventually led to construction of the Peoria Sports Complex, which became Arizona’s first stadium to host two Cactus League teams at the same time (Mariners and Padres).
* Three Topps Baseball Card photographers were inducted into the Hall of Fame: Gregg Forwerck, Ed Maillard and Doug McWilliams.
Ed Logan Jr., who today lives in Surprise, accepted the award on behalf of his father, Eddie Logan.
Mr. Logan spent his entire life taking care of baseball players and their equipment as the clubhouse manager for the New York and San Francisco Giants. Included in his nearly 60 years of baseball service, were 33 seasons in the Cactus League.
His work with the Giants involved their time training at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Francisco Grande in Casa Grande and at Scottsdale Stadium.
According to his son, one of Mr. Logan’s primary responsibilities was to assign uniform numbers to the team’s rookies — and it was Mr. Logan who over the years assigned many of the numbers that are now retired by the Giants, including Leo Durocher’s No. 2, Willie McCovey’s No. 33 and Willie Mays’s No. 24.
Bret McKeand is President of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA and publisher of the Scottsdale Independent. He can be reached by calling 623-445-2867 or emailing email@example.com.