Playing under the name Cass Kwietniewski in 1943-44, Michaels reached the ML for
two games as a 17-year-old third baseman in 1943, and was the White Sox' regular
shortstop in 1945. Bumped to a utility position by Luke Appling in 1946-47, Michaels
played all 154 games at second base in 1948, hitting a career-high .308 with 83 RBI.
When a 1954 beaning impaired his vision and ended his 12-year career, he was only
»May 28, 1954:
It's the managers' day for the bicarb, as White Sox (14) and Oriole (18) pitchers combine to hand out 32 walks in a doubleheader. In the first game, the Birds send up an American League record eight pinch hitters (the Sox use one for a new ML-record 9). But all is for naught as the White Sox win both, 11–6 and 14–8. Gene Michaels clubs a grand slam in the lidlifter to help reliever Jack Harshman win his first ML game.
»August 27, 1954:
In an 11-0 White Sox win, Chicago 3B Cass Michaels has his head fractured by a pitch from A's Marion Fricano. Michaels is sidelined the rest of the year, and the injury will effectively end his 12-year major-league career.