02/02/2009 1:00AM

Eddie Logan, Santa Anita fixture, dies at 98


Eddie Logan, a shoeshine attendant at Santa Anita since the track's founding in 1934, died early Saturday, according to track officials. He was 98.

In recent years, a one-mile grass race for 2-year-olds has been run in his honor early in the Santa Anita meeting. Logan was in the winner's circle for the most recent running, on Dec. 27.

A native of Mississippi, Logan operated a shoeshine stand near the track's racing office until earlier at this meeting, when he had a stroke. He was briefly hospitalized, but was at his home in nearby Monrovia, Calif., at the time of his death.

According to Santa Anita's publicity department, Logan was a Negro League baseball player, with the Kansas City Monarchs, and a boxer.

A moment of silence was held in Logan's honor between races on Saturday. Funeral arrangements were pending.