Andy McKay, #6
On Thursday, August 9, 2012 the La Crosse Loggers management team officially retired the first and only number (to-date) in Loggers history when they retired the #6 that was worn by their former field manager Andy McKay.
McKay changed the landscape of the Loggers on-field product for good when he took the reigns in preparation for his first season in 2008. Five years later, when McKay would depart La Crosse to become the Coordinator of Mental Skills for the Colorado Rockies, the Logger organization would be known as the winningest franchise in summer collegiate baseball over the five years he was at the helm.
“Cap” certainly went out on top in his final season at the helm of the Loggers in 2012. La Crosse posted a 53-21 record that summer, the second best record in Northwoods League history, en route to capturing the 2012 Northwoods League title. The Loggers won more games than any other team in summer collegiate baseball during the five seasons under McKay’s guidance, posting a record of 213-142 (.600) during that span (2008-20012, including post-season). La Crosse made two post-season appearances, advancing to the Championship both times (2009 & 2012), and never won less than 38 games in a season. He ended his Logger career sixth all-time in victories and fourth all-time in winning percentage in the NWL and is the Loggers all-time winningest manager. 45 former Loggers were also drafted during McKay’s tenure, including current big league pitcher Chris Sale (White Sox).