Although I was aware of the death of Braves legend Johnny Logan this past summer, I somehow failed to feature the late shortstop in a post. So to correct that oversight, I've decided to feature this 1957 Swift Meats card of the four time All-Star.
(photo from collector's corner dot com)
The eighteen 'cards' featured in this set were originally designed to be punched out and assembled, which could then be played with on a baseball field game board (with a spinner, even!) offered by the company.
In his book Bushville Wins!, author John Klima quoted former Braves catcher Del Crandall on how important Logan was to the 1957 World Champion Braves team, "He never got the accolades Henry and Eddie got, but we knew how important he was to us. Johnny Logan was the player who, when we need him most, came through."
One such moment during the '57 season came against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 23 at Milwaukee's County Stadium. With the score tied at two and with one out in the bottom of the eleventh, Logan came to bat and singled to center. Two batters later, Henry Aaron would connect on a pitch from Bill Muffett, hitting a two-run homer to deep center to give the Braves the win- and the city of Milwaukee its first National League Pennant.
According to Baseball Reference's website, Logan's 1957 saw him finish with a very respectable 4.1 WAR, and finish first among shortstops in the following categories: Total Zone Runs, Range Factor/9innings, Range Factor/Game and Assists. He also appeared in the second of four All-Star games that season, and, for the sixth consecutive year, received MVP consideration.
Logan was not only an important part of the Braves success on the field, but was also instrumental in keeping alive the legacy of his beloved Milwaukee Braves team, years after they left for Atlanta. As the city prepared to tear down old County Stadium in the year 2000, Logan organized the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association- which helped raise funds to erect a monument featuring the names of every man to don the Milwaukee Braves uniform.