You could say Andy Smith was both the Abner Doubleday and Casey Stengel of baseball in Kenosha. Smith not only started the baseball program at old Kenosha (now Kenosha Bradford) High School, but he was also a successful and decorated coach and manager on the field as well.
Smith won WIAA state championships with Bradford in 1963 and Kenosha Tremper in 1969, adding a runner-up finish with Bradford in 1962 and a second runner-up finish in 1964. He added state American Legion titles in 1963 and 1964 and a runner-up finish in 1957.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-sport athlete (baseball and basketball), Smith served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster in the European theater.
In 1945, Smith began teaching in Kenosha, beginning at Bradford and staying there until 1963 before moving to Tremper in 1965 and staying until 1979 before retiring.
In 1963 and 1964, Smith managed Post 21 to successive state championships in the American Legion baseball tournament, advancing to the Great Lakes Regional in both seasons.
During a 10-year span in his coaching career, Smith compiled a 134-30 record, a .817 winning percentage, and in 21 years, he had 18 winning seasons. He was selected to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Kenosha Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
Smith resided in Kenosha until 2001 before moving to Florida, where he died at the age of 86 on July 17, 2003.
The scholarship awarded by the Greater Kenosha Youth Baseball Softball Association to a Kenosha County high school player is named in his honor. Since 2006, the annual wood bat tournament hosted by the Kenosha Merchants Baseball Club and American Legion Post 21 has also been named the Andy Smith Memorial Wood Bat Classic.
Two fitting honors for a great man.
Information for this profile came from the Kenosha News and the Greater Kenosha Youth Baseball Softball Association