Former CBC pitching standout Dave McKay coaching for World Series condender St. Louis Cardinals
Dave McKay, a former Columbia Basin standout and NWAACC Hall of Famer, is the pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.
McKay, 61, enters his 16th season as the Cardinals' first-base coach and his 26th season on Tony La Russa's coaching staff. McKay was La Russa's first-base coach in Oakland from 1989-95 and handled bullpen and bench coach duties for the A's beginning in 1984. In all, McKay spent 16 years as a player or coach in the Oakland system.
McKay was signed by the Minnesota Twins in 1971 and spent four seasons in the minor leagues. He broke into the majors in a big way, homering off Detroit's Vern Ruhle in his first big-league at-bat on Aug. 22, 1975. He hit safely in 21 of his first 22 major league games.
After the 1976 season, the Twins lost McKay in the expansion draft to Toronto, where McKay was the starting third baseman in the first game in Blue Jays franchise history. After splitting time between Toronto and Syracuse in 1979, McKay signed with the A's in 1980. He played for Oakland through 1982, helping the A's to the 1981 Western Division crown by batting .288 in the second half and belting a home run in the divisional playoff series against Kansas City. He spent the 1983 season in the minor leagues as a player-coach.
McKay attended Columbia Basin Junior College in Pasco, Wash., and Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Born in Vancouver, B.C., McKay was inducted into the Canadian National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He and his wife, Lene, who is from Denmark, make their home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Their son, Cody, was a catcher in the Cardinals organization from 2004-2005. Dave and Lena enjoy spending time in the offseason with Cody, his wife, Tiernan, and their three children: Eden, Rocco and Gioia.