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Iowa History Daily: December 30 - Hawkeye Legend Bill Logan

Iowa History Daily: On December 30, 1934, legendary Iowa Hawkeye basketball star Bill Logan was born in Keokuk. An all-stater at Keokuk High, Logan served as part of the Hawkeye “Fabulous Five” which went to the NCAA Final Four in back-to-back seasons during 1955 and 1956.

While growing up in southeastern Iowa, Logan shined as a multi-sport star. Before graduating from Keokuk Senior High School in 1952, Logan made it to state in tennis while also leading the school to a state championship in basketball during his senior season. Bucky O’Connor plucked Logan to play for the Hawkeyes as a part of a recruiting class featuring Carl Cain, Sharm Scheuerman, Bill Seaberg and Bill Schoof.

After the customary redshirt season required by the NCAA, Logan helped anchor the “Fabulous Five” from the post. Logan racked up 1,188 points while setting up shop on the block in Iowa City to lead the Hawkeyes in scoring for three consecutive seasons. Logan averaged a double-double for his career, recording 16.1 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. A two-time first-team All-Big Ten section, Logan also made second-team All-American in 1955-56.

The “Fabulous Five” group brought unparalleled success to Iowa City while winning the Big 10 in both 1955 and 1956. Advancing to the NCAA Final Four both years, the Hawkeyes reached historic heights by playing in the National Championship to close out the run of the “Fabulous Five” in 1956. Although the Hawkeyes fell to a San Francisco squad featuring future NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, the team still stands as one of the greatest in Hawkeye history. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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