PEORIA — Bob and Harry Logan keep raising the bar at the Brothers Tournament every year, which is in its 95th year.
The Decatur bowlers competed in their 65th consecutive Brothers event at Landmark Lanes on Saturday, in front of a group of friends and family who made the trip to commemorate the occasion.
Landmark Lanes provided a bowling-themed cake, and presented the Logan brothers with a plaque for reaching the milestone.
"We had a goal of 50 consecutive years," Bob Logan said. "We had no idea our streak would reach 65."
About 20 years ago, the Logans started wearing identical shirts, with a bowling pin and bowling ball pattern.
"We've met a lot of nice guys, and since we've been wearing these shirts, some people recognize us when we walk in," Bob Logan said. "We've never won a title here, but have met a lot of great people over the years."
The Logans started the streak when they got a call from their uncle, who lived in Peoria, telling them to be here for a 1 o'clock squad.
"When we were done, we were getting ready to leave," Harry Logan said. "Then our uncle told us that our aunt had some fried chicken waiting for us. So we kept coming back to bowl, and to get fed.
Bob Logan, who worked for Pepsi-Cola for 40 years before retiring 17 years ago, still bowls three times a week, and, at 83, is carrying a lifetime-best average of 207.
Harry Logan, 87, is down to once a week, and is averaging in the 160s.
"My average has fallen off the table," he said. "I carried a 200 average until I was 79. My legs are no good anymore."
But Harry Logan, who retired from Caterpillar 30 years ago, has bragging rights with four career 300 games, "back when there were only two or three in a year."
The two brothers are still competitive against each other, even now that Bob Logan has more opportunities to bowl.
"Bob's by himself, but my wife had a stroke five years ago, and I've taken care of her since then," Harry Logan said. "I don't have the freedom I used to, but if I did, I'd be out there. But I don't worry about that. Taking care of my wife is more important."
Through the years at the Brothers, the Logans have bowled at Auto Parts, Crossroads Lanes, Town & Country Bowl and Landmark.
"The funny thing about that is that three of them are now closed," Harry Logan said.
The Logan brothers had only a couple of close calls to having their participation streak end.
"One year we got as far as Clinton, then turned around and went back because I couldn't even see the road because of the snow," Harry Logan recalled. "We called and said we couldn't make it. They said nobody else could make it either, and extended the tournament another week. So we came up the next week and were able to bowl."
The only medical issue that came up was when Bob Logan had arm surgery.
"We waited until the last week, but managed to get up here before the tournament was over," Harry Logan said.
The Logans have no plans to end the streak anytime soon.
"We're already looking forward to bowling next year," Bob Logan said. "I'm going to bowl as long as I can."
Added Harry: "And I'll bowl as long as I am able."
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