Few Logansport High School athletes can lay claim to being a member of two Logansport state championship teams.
Eric Kinnaman, a 1979 graduate who played on both the 1977 and 1979 state championship teams, is recognized for that rarity as this week’s Citizen of the Week.
Kinnaman, younger brother of Ron and Brian Kinnaman, was a three-sport star at LHS, playing football, basketball and baseball. He was a versatile back in football and played on a Logansport basketball team that lost a tight contest in the Marion Regional during Marion’s lengthy regional championship streak. Kinnaman’s potential tying basket at the end of regulation was waived off by referees in a game that pushed the host Giants to the limit.
As a sophomore, his 1977 baseball team defeated DeKalb for the school’s second IHSAA baseball title. Two years later, he was a member of the Logansport squad which bested Evansville Memorial, 6-5, and ended a 59-game winning strike at the former Bush Stadium in Indianapolis.
Kinnaman went on to play baseball for two years at Columbia College in Tennessee before transferring to the University of Memphis where he received his bachelor’s degree. He is the son of a retired Logansport policeman, Jim Kinnaman. Eric and his wife, daughter and stepson reside in Pace, Fla., where he is employed with FedEx.
The Citizen of the Week is a city program honoring Logansport natives or former residents who have made contributions to the city. In addition to a certificate, recipients receive a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant.
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell