Logan Goodwin’s love of sports and compassion for others will live on in the community several years after his death, his family hopes, with a renovated baseball field named after him in Hermosa Beach.
Logan was an avid sports fan and loved playing second base in the Hermosa Beach Little League. After he died in a skiing accident four years ago at the age of 12 while on a family vacation in Colorado, a memorial fund was set up on his behalf to help keep his legacy alive and improve schools and facilities in his hometown.
The Goodwin family, including parents Todd and Joann, donated $ 50,000 to the Hermosa Beach Little League through an online fundraiser that resulted in a new backstop, scoreboard and new artificial turf on Logan Goodwin Field, the East Field in Clark Field, were deployed in Hermosa Beach.
A small naming ceremony was held on Friday May 7th to celebrate the renovated field, followed by the first game on the new turf.
“It was one of the great things I could do to bond with my child,” said Todd as he played baseball with his son.
Logan’s death isn’t the only skiing-related tragedy for the Goodwin family.
On January 31, 1991, Todd’s 20-year-old brother, Eric, went skiing for the day and drove back home to Saint Michael’s College in Vermont in a blizzard. He died in a car accident.
After Eric’s death, Todd said his family would set up a scholarship on his brother’s behalf, but over the years it never happened.
50-year-old Todd, who has two daughters, Alexa and Sienna, who attend Hermosa Valley School, said with the loss of his son he was now the last to keep the Goodwin family name on. But with the field renamed, he said, “We can remember him and remember the family and give something back to the community.”
Logan was born on July 10, 2004 in Long Beach to Todd and Joann Goodwin.
Logan died on April 9, 2017 after an abdominal injury at Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado.
Todd, who had been a competitive skier and race coach in Aspen for three years, said Logan had been skiing since he was three. Logan was an advanced skier, according to his father. The boy had not yet mastered the humps, “but there was nothing steep that he could not conquer.”
Father and son were walking down a beginner’s trail when Logan hit a tree stump. With Logan’s mother and sisters a little further down the path, Todd remained the first responder.
Logan broke his ribs in the accident, said Todd, who left the boy with a torn spleen, and he was bleeding out.
“(Logan) was awake and conscious in the accident when it happened,” said Todd. “He lost consciousness on the slope.
“We had to take him to the children’s hospital,” he added. “You had multiple transfusions (but) it wasn’t enough to bring him back.”
Logan is known for being kind, his father said. He told the story when Logan saw one child harass another child. After some encouragement from his father, Logan confronted the boy about his behavior, saying, “I don’t think that’s right.”
In response, the boy said to Logan that he was right and apologized.
“Logan came home proud of sticking to someone who couldn’t take care of himself because that’s what I always taught him,” said Todd. “I said the stronger people have to take care of the less fortunate around us and protect them when they have been bullied.”
Now it seems that Logan’s compassion for others and his love for baseball will live on at Clark Field in Hermosa Beach for decades to come.