As the Los Angeles Dodgers try to claim their first World Series title since 1988, one of their key contributors during the season has been second baseman Logan Forsythe, who came up big for the Dodgers during three World Series games in Houston. During the postseason, Forsythe has batted .313 heading into Game 6 of the World Series, and he’s been at his best as the games have meant the most. Of his 10 hits in the playoffs, four have come against the Astros.
Throughout the playoffs, his wife Ally, his son Trace and the rest of his family have been right there with him in both Los Angeles and Houston. For the Forsythe family, it’s the peak of a journey that began in Fayetteville, Ark., when both Logan and Ally were at the University of Arkansas in 2007.
Here are five things to know about the former Ally Atkins, who has been Ally Forsythe since 2014.
1. She Played Soccer at Arkansas
Like her husband, Ally Forsythe came from out of state to join the Razorbacks’ athletic program, having grown up in Fauquier County in the northern part of Virginia. Her sport was soccer, and in 2007, the then-Ally Atkins received a full scholarship to Arkansas.
She was a four-year contributor for the Razorbacks, finishing with seven goals in her career. One of her most notable moments with Arkansas came in her senior year against Missouri State, when she scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Bears. It marked the second consecutive year that she scored the winning goal for Arkansas, as she scored the only goal in a conference win over Mississippi State during her junior year.
In her senior year, she tied for third on her team in goals, scoring three goals and adding two assists for a five-win Arkansas squad.
2. She Met Logan in College, But Outside of Sports
At major universities, it’s fairly common for athletes to stick together because they’re the only ones who really know what it’s like to live the life of balancing practices, traveling to conference games that are a time zone away and trying to balance schoolwork and college life on top of those extra responsibilities.
However, their first meeting was actually more typical of non-athletes: they met during a sociology class during Ally’s freshman year. Upon seeing Logan walk in, Ally was instantly attracted to him. But her hopes of getting to know him through class were quickly dashed because Logan wasn’t in class very often, limiting her chances of developing a friendship.
But the two did meet during her freshman year, and they stayed in touch after the San Diego Padres chose Logan in the 2008 MLB draft, which set the stage for their relationship to eventually take off.
3. Their Relationship Blossomed While Logan Played in the Minor Leagues
When Logan left Arkansas to chase the dream of playing in the major leagues, Ally still had three years of college ahead of her. For many baseball couples, the time in the minor leagues is often the hardest part of the relationship. But for the Forsythes, geography and a stroke of luck helped their relationship blossom while Logan was working to get to the majors.
During Logan’s final year at Arkansas, the Wichita Wranglers of the Double-A Texas League relocated to Springdale, Ark., setting up shop as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Although neither Logan nor Ally knew it at the time, the relocation would play a significant role in their lives.
In 2009, Logan found himself with the Padres’ Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, which meant he was in the same league as the Naturals. With only eight teams in the Texas League, 24 of Logan’s road games would be played within a three-hour drive of Ally, including six games against Northwest Arkansas, just 10 minutes away from the Arkansas campus.
After one-and-a-half seasons in the Texas League, Logan had earned a promotion to San Diego. At the same time, Ally had graduated and headed home to Virginia. With school no longer tying her down, the couple decided they were finally in position to build a life together, and they’ve been together ever since.
4. Their Son’s First Birthday Was Game 1 of the World Series
A year ago, with the Rays hopelessly out of contention for a playoff spot, the Forsythe family didn’t have to worry about Logan having to miss games in order to be home for the birth of their son, as long as he arrived at or near his due date at the end of October.
Fortunately, Trace obliged his parents and arrived on Oct. 24, 2016, well after the Rays had concluded their season. His timing proved perfect one year later, as the Dodgers opened the World Series at home on Oct. 24, allowing the family to celebrate Trace’s first birthday on the same day that they officially celebrated Logan playing in the World Series for the first time. A 3-1 Los Angeles victory in the series opener made sure the evening would be a perfect one for the entire family.
Trace’s birth name is actually John Logan Forsythe III, as Ally and Logan, who is John Logan Forsythe II, wanted to honor the family name passed on by Logan’s father on the official birth certificate.
5. Her Favorite Number is 11
On the surface, that would seem to be an obvious statement given that her husband wore No. 11 at Arkansas and has worn No. 11 for the Padres, Rays and Dodgers, even switching to No. 11 as soon as it became available in San Diego and Tampa Bay. But the number 11 belongs to Ally Forsythe just as much as it belongs to Logan.
Before she ever met her husband, she was already wearing No. 11 for the Razorbacks on the soccer pitch, where she became the sixth player in Arkansas history to wear No. 11. She wore the number through four years of college, and it’s followed her into her married life. When she married Logan in 2014, the couple’s wedding was held in November, the 11th month of the year. Their favorite number would surface yet again concerning the birth of their son, as she found out that she was pregnant on February 11, 2016.
On the field, their number has come into play yet again during the World Series. With the Dodgers forcing a seventh game, the series will be decided on the first day of the month of November.