On Saturday afternoon in North Canton, Logan's Sports had their 3rd annual charity event to benefit the American Red Cross and six members of the Ohio State Buckeyes were on hand to sign autograhs for the duration of the event.
"We're happy to have Anthony Gonzalez, Santonio Holmes, Kirk Barton, Curt Lukens, T.J. Downing and Justin Zwick here today," said Andy Logan, store proprietor and son of former Buckeye Dick Logan. "What we do every year is have players come and sign autographs and we sell a certain amount of tickets for the day. We put people in time slots so they don't have to stand in a long line and we raise about $10,000 every year for charity. This year it's the American Red Cross. So we're happy to do that and Coach Tressel is real happy that these guys are making the trip here.
The event has been a huge success every year thus far. For more than two hours, Ohio State fans would continuously funnel through the store to get their autographs.
"We've been sold out every year. The word's out now," said Andy Logan, the brother of another former Buckeye Jeff Logan. "We'll probably have 1,000 Buckeye fans come through here today."
The first year Zwick, (Craig) Krenzel, Dustin Fox and (Chris) Gamble attended the event. Last year Jeff Logan, Ted Provost, Lukens, A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Simon Fraser were the signees.
"This area always has been a big Buckeye area," Andy Logan said. "Lukens is from (Hoover High School), T.J. Downing is from GlenOak, Kirk Barton is from right down the road at Perry and Zwick's from Massillon. There's a lot of local Stark County kids there and have been in the past going back to my brother Jeff, Tim Fox, Kenny Kuhn, Mark Stier and you can list anybody in the Fox family.
"My dad played on Woody Hayes' first team. (Dick Logan, pictured below left) was a senior on Woody's first team," Andy Logan (pictured below, right) said. "He and my brother Jeff are one of only two father-son combinations to play at Ohio State. Hop Cassady and Craig being the other (combination). Craig and my brother Jeff overlap by a year too so it's neat to see."
Last year a local sports ministry organization was the beneficiary of the event. The year before that Logan Sports donated the money on behalf of Coach Tressel's mom to the James Cancer Hospital.
"It gets pretty crazy here for two hours but it's a lot of fun," Logan said.
The guys made me promise to show a few photos of Barton.
Mike Kemp from Louisville was the first one in line.
An engaged couple from Carrollton, Laura Clark and Jerry Shafer, were glad to be there.
And Mark Slaughter from North Canton was happy to take a photo with Gonzalez.
Brian Hartline stopped by to say hello to his future teammates. Hartline ran in an indoor meet on Friday night and his leg held up well to its first big test.
Cameron, Andy's son, is already the next generation Logan to don the scarlet and gray attire.
How about a few more photos of Barton!
Way to go Kirk! All kidding aside, the event raised money for a great cause!
All of the guys were happy to be there...
...and donate their time...
...for the American Red Cross!