Akron-born Gene Woodling has stayed in the public eye through his long, successful association with organized baseball dating to 1940 when he batted .398 in 85 games with Mansfield in the Ohio State League. That was his first of four minor league batting titles. He also led the Michigan State in 1941 (.384), the Eastern in 1943 (.344), and the Pacific Coast in 1948 (.385). After his latter hitting title, Woodling was purchased from San Francisco by the New York Yankees where he played on a record five consecutive world championship clubs from 1949 through 1953. He batted .318 in five World Series. Subsequently Woodling closed out his major league career with Baltimore, Cleveland, Washington, and New York Mets.