Gene Michael

former Major League Baseball player, manager, executive

Eugene Richard "Gene" Michael (June 2, 1938 – September 7, 2017), nicknamed "Stick", was an American shortstop, coach, scout, manager and executive in Major League Baseball.[1] He was born in Kent, Ohio.

Michael in 2014

Michael played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers from 1966 to 1975. After his playing career, Michael managed the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, and served as the Yankees' general manager. Michael built the Yankees team that became a dynasty in the late 1990s.[2]

Michael died of a heart attack on September 7, 2017, in Oldsmar, Florida at the age of 79.[3][4]


  1. "Red Smith Straight as a Stick". September 7, 1981. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  2. Pepe, Phil (2014). Core Four: The Heart and Soul of the Yankees Dynasty. Triumph Books. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-62368-870-7.
  3. Goldstein, Richard (September 7, 2017). "Gene Michael, Whose Yankee Teams Won 4 World Series, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  4. "Gene 'Stick' Michael, architect of Yankees dynasty, dead at 79 | New York Post". January 1, 1970. Retrieved September 7, 2017.

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