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Gene Michael

Gene Michael
Michael in 2014
Shortstop / Manager
Born: (1938-06-02) June 2, 1938
Kent, Ohio
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 15, 1966, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 9, 1975, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .229
Home runs 15
Runs batted in 226

As player

As manager

As general manager

Career highlights and awards

Eugene Richard Michael (born June 2, 1938), nicknamed "Stick", is a former player, manager and executive in Major League Baseball.


  • Playing career 1
  • Post-playing career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Michael earned the nickname "Stick" due to his skinny frame. After finishing high school, he went to Kent State University where he played baseball and basketball. After being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1959, Michael spent 10 seasons in the major leagues playing mostly at shortstop. He spent only one year with the Pirates, his first season in the majors (1966). That winter he played basketball with the Columbus Comets of the North American Basketball Association (1966–67 season) (He would later return to Columbus in 1979 to manage the Columbus Clippers minor league baseball team). The following year he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Bob Bailey for Maury Wills. He would only spend one season in Los Angeles, and was then purchased by the New York Yankees. He played for the Yankees from 1968 until 1974, beginning what would be a lifetime relationship with the team. His last season in the majors was in 1975 when he played for the Detroit Tigers. Michael then signed with the Boston Red Sox in 1976, but did not play a game with Boston, staying on the roster just long enough to accrue ten years of service time.

Michael was a master of the hidden ball trick, having pulled it off five times in his career.

Post-playing career

After retiring, Michael became a coach with the Yankees and was manager of the Yankees in both 1981 and 1982, although it was in two separate tenures. He would manage the Core Four), and others. Further, he traded popular prospect Roberto Kelly for Paul O'Neill, whose fiery persona and play would become a cornerstone for the team. This foundation paid off with Yankee championships in 1996, and from 1998–2000. However, Michael was fired before the Yankees dynasty began, as a result of the fallouts from the 1994 strike, which ruined the Yankees having the best record in the American League that year in 1995.[1] It was the second time that the Yankees fired Michael as a result of a strike; in 1981, he was fired as manager as a result of the strike that year.[2][3]

From 1996 until 2002, Michael served as vice-president of major league scouting for the Yankees, and in 2003 was promoted to vice-president and senior advisor. In 2002, the Boston Red Sox tried to talk to Michael about their general manager position, but were not given permission by the Yankees.[4][5]

Personal life

During his tenure with the Yankees, Michael had been a resident of Norwood, New Jersey and has had 4 children. He married twice, currently residing in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.[6]


  1. ^ Johnson, Richard A.; Stout, Glenn; Johnson, Dick (2002). Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball. Houghton Mifflin Company. pp. 386–390.  
  2. ^ O'Connell, Jack (September 9, 1994). "Behind Two Strikes? Yankees' Shot at First Series Since '81 in Jeopardy". Hartford Courant. p. C1. 'The strike cost me my job,' said Gene Michael, the Yankees' current general manager who was fired as their manager Sept. 6, 1981 and replaced by  
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  5. ^ McCarron, Anthony (October 18, 2002). "Stick is Stuck with Yankees; Boss won't allow him to talk to Sox". New York Daily News. p. 86. 
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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