Dealt los­ing hand, Price de­serves to re­turn

Dayton Daily News - - BASEBALL - Ask Hal Q: What is your fa­vorite mem­ory of your boy­hood friend Gene Michael? — KEITH, But­ler, Twp. A:

Gene Michael, or “Stick” as ev­ery­body called him, was a ma­jor league short­stop, a man­ager for the Chicago Cubs and New York Yan­kees, a Yan­kees gen­eral man­ager and a ge­nius at eval­u­at­ing tal­ent. We grew up to­gether in Akron and at­tended Akron East High School and Kent State Univer­sity. Stick passed away last week and my fond­est mem­ory was play­ing bas­ket­ball with him. He was a bet­ter bas­ket­ball player than a baseball player. I out­hit him in high school and he ac­knowl­edged that to ev­ery­body but made cer­tain I told them how great he was on the bas­ket­ball court. When I was in­ducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame he sur­prised me by show­ing up at Coop­er­stown. He was quite a guy.

DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF

Man­ager Bryan Price is work­ing un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances as the Reds close in on a third straight last-place fin­ish. Man­age­ment has traded most of the Reds’ vet­er­ans, and the pitch­ing staff is in­ex­pe­ri­enced.

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