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June 14, 1986, Page 001045 The New York Times Archives

Gene Michael, twice a Yankee manager and the team's third-base coach the past three seasons, was named manager of the Chicago Cubs today.

The Cubs dismissed Jim Frey on Thursday and named John Vukovich, a coach, to manage the team for its doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals today. Chicago lost the opener, 1-0, in 10 innings and won the second game, 3-2. Their record is 24-34.

Michael, who left the Yankees in Baltimore shortly after noon today, will take over for the Cubs' game Saturday against St. Louis at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

''He's on his way to smoking again,'' said Lou Piniella, the Yankee manager. ''He'll be lighting up those Tiparillos instead of chewing on them.''


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Michael's locker had been cleaned out by the time the Yankees arrived at Memorial Stadium for their game against Baltimore tonight. Piniella said that Joe Altobelli, the first-base coach and formerly the team's third-base coach, would take Michael's spot tonight, one year after Altobelli was dismissed as the Orioles' manager. Zimmer Expected Back

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Michael's replacement for the rest of the season, though, is expected to be Don Zimmer, who was dismissed as the Cubs' third-base coach at the same time Frey was dismissed as manager. Zimmer was the Yankees' third-base coach in 1983 but quit because he no longer wanted to work under Billy Martin, who was dismissed as manager after that season.

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Michael, 48, had been with the Yankees' organization as a player, coach, minor-league manager, general manager and major-league manager for all but one year from 1968 until now. He was the Yankees' manager in 1981 until his dismissal Sept. 6. He served his second term as manager the following season from April 26 - when he replaced Bob Lemon, who had replaced him - until Aug. 3, when Clyde King took over. The moves were part of a 1982 season during which the team had three managers, four hitting coaches and five pitching coaches.

Last October, before Piniella was named manager, Michael ruled himself out for a possible third term. He said he would like to manage somewhere again but could not take the problems that are inherent in the Yankee job.

''He's well qualified to manage,'' Piniella said. ''I hate to lose him. He worked hard. He was dedicated. He was an excellent coach, but more important, he was a friend.''

Michael began his baseball career with a National League organization, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and also played one season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since being sold to the Yankees before the 1968 season, he has been in the American League. He played for the Yankees through the 1974 season, then spent the 1975 season with Detroit and the first month of the following season with the Boston Red Sox. After they released him, he returned to the Yankees as a coach.

A version of this article appears in print on June 14, 1986, on Page 1001045 of the National edition with the headline: MICHAEL NAMED CUB MANAGER. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

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