Wisconsin Woodchucks

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Wisconsin Woodchucks
Team Logo
LeagueNorthwoods League (1994-pres) (Great Lakes Conference-West Division: 2019-pres)
(South Division: 1998-2018)
LocationWausau, Wisconsin
BallparkAthletic Park
Year founded1994
League championships2 (2001, 2003)
Division championships2 (2001, 2003)
Former name(s)Wisconsin Woodchucks (1999–present)
Wausau Woodchucks (1994–1998)
ColorsBlack, Green, Tan
OwnershipMark Macdonald
ManagementRyan Treu (GM)
MediaWausau Daily Herald

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are an American baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. They play their home games at Athletic Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.


The team was known as the Wausau Woodchucks from 1994 to 1998, but the team name was changed to Wisconsin Woodchucks for the 1999 season, as they were the only remaining team in Wisconsin in the league at that time.

The team filled the void left by the Wausau Timbers of the Class A Midwest League, who relocated after the 1990 season to Geneva, Illinois, to become the Kane County Cougars.

In 1998 Clark Eckhoff purchased The Wisconsin Woodchucks, and Eckhoff truly made an impact on the team as well as the community as a whole. Not only did attendance dramatically increase with Eckhoff as owner, but the Woodchucks would go on to win two league championships in 2001 and 2003.

The 'Chucks gained some star power for the 2007 season, as former Milwaukee Brewer and University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh product Jim Gantner manages the team. Gantner has been involved with the Brewers in various capacities since his retirement in 1992, including some coaching, but the Woodchucks job is his first managerial experience. Gantner, a native Wisconsinite who owns a second home in Boulder Junction, is familiar with the Wausau area and had expressed interest in coaching college-age players.


A number of major leaguers and other notables have worn a Woodchucks uniform:


  • Ben Zobrist and Pat Neshek are the only two to play in an MLB All-Star Game (Zobrist in 2009,2013,2016 and Neshek in 2014)


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