Friday, September 08, 2017
With the death of Gene Michael, it's tough day for the Yankees, baseball and me
By Bill Madden
September 8, 2017
In this March 1, 1981, file photo, New York Yankees manager Gene Michael, left, and team owner George Steinbrenner are shown during a team workout in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gene Michael, the slick-fielding shortstop nicknamed Stick who went on to manage the Yankees and then as a front-office executive built a power than won four World Series titles in a five-year span, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. He was 79. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
He was the heart, soul and conscience of the Yankee organization for 40 years and also one of the closest baseball friends I’ve known, so writing about Gene Michael’s life, which was so shockingly snuffed out by a heart attack at age 79 early Thursday, is about the hardest task I’ve ever had to perform for this newspaper.