Born in Kent, Michael was an outstanding athlete at both East High and Kent State - excelling in basketball and baseball. Although pursued by the New York Knicks out of Kent State, Michael chose a career in baseball. He broke into professional ball in 1959 and didn't reach the major leagues until 1966 when he was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Thus began 10 years in the majors in which he played with the Lost Angeles Dodgers, seven years with the New York Yankees (1968-74) and the Detroit Tigers. For five years Gene, nicknamed "Stick", was the Yankees regular short-stop - winning Sporting News' Golden Glove Award in 1971. In 1976 he became a coach with the Yankees. Later Gene managed the Columbus Clippers to the 1979 International League pennant and managed the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. Currently, he is in an executive position with the New York Yankees.