Gene “Stick” Michael… has been, for all intents and purposes, a lifelong Yankee. He played 7 years in the Bronx, 5 as the starting shortstop. He managed the Yankees in 1981 and 1982, and put in two different stints as the Yankee GM. He’s also filled a number of other positions in the Yankee front office. Yes, he played a number of years in the Pirates organization and also played for the Dodgers and Tigers, and managed the Cubs, but in my mind he’s a Yankee… Which is why this card weirds me out… I’d never seen a picture of him as a Tiger before.
In 1976, Gene Michael… had signed a contract with the Red Sox, but never played for them or any other MLB team.
This card is… not Gene Michael’s finest photographical moment… and for some reason, when I see this photo I think of Eric Idle.
Shea-o-meter: There might be just enough in the background to label this as Shea, but I’m putting it down as “Can’t tell”.
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 6
Can’t tell: 6
Not Shea: 5
Betcha didn’t know… In 1968, Gene pitched the final 3 innings of a 10-2 Yankee loss to the Angels in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. He gave up 5 runs in the 8th, but none of them were earned. I thought maybe the Yankees went through a lot of pitchers in the first game of the doubleheader, but Fritz Petersen threw a complete game as the Yankees won 6-1.
SSPC vs. Topps: Gene Michael did not appear on a Topps card in 1976; his final appearance on a Topps card as an active player came in 1975.