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By Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

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It’s been 50 years since the Logan Little League All-Stars won the State Little League Championship.

Logan High School will honor the ‘64 state champs on Saturday at 1 p.m. prior to the Logan-Point Pleasant baseball game at Logan’s Roger E. Gertz Field.

The 1964 state championship was the first ever for the Logan Little League.

The ‘64 Logan Civic Little League All-Stars, after winning the state championship, went on to win the Division 4 Little League Championship — one of 16 division champions across the United States.

The Logan All-Stars then took third place in the Southern Regional Tournament in Norfolk, Va. Logan was only two wins away from reaching the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

The manager was Jack Steele and the coach was Harold “Hoss” Riffe, both of whom are now deceased.

The assistant coach was the late Elba Samson and the league president was the late Earl Carter. The league secretary was Ann O’Briant.

The Logan ‘64 All-Star team was comprised of: Ronnie Johnson (left field); Billy Riffe (pitcher/third base); Gene Shelton; Ralph Blankenship; Steve Vance (pitcher/third base); David Lowe (right field); Bob Damron (pitcher/first base); Bill Wooten (catcher); Jerry Bailey (center field); Gary Wall; David Lancaster; David Allie (shortstop and the only 11-year-old on the team); Robin Johnson (second base/pitcher); and David Steele.

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