Gene Monahan and his battle


For the first time in nearly five decades, the Yankees started a season without head athletic trainer Gene Monahan there to deal with the aches and pains and injuries. Monahan had his own ailment to deal with – cancer of the throat and tonsils. Wayne Coffey detailed not just Monahan’s fight today, but also his time with the Yankees. From when he joined the organization at a bat boy in 1962 to when he became head trainer to all the times George Steinbrenner fired him. It gets RAB’s highest level of recommendation.

The good news is that after surgery and 30 rounds of radiation treatment, Monahan is close to returning. He set a target date of June 1st, and after spending the last several months taking care of himself, he can get back to doing what he loves: taking care of others.

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  1. Zack says:

    “30 rounds of radiation treatment”

    Get well soon

  2. 28 this year says:

    maybe not having him has something to do with all the injuries. Similar to how the Yankees had all those hamstring problems a few years ago when they had a new athletic trainer or something.

    I am only kidding though about the injuries thing. I hope Geno makes it through this for his sake as cancer is nothing to sneer at.

  3. bexarama says:

    That article damn near made me cry. Get well soon, Geno.

  4. I got goose bumps. I’m extremely happy that he’s almost back to 100%.

  5. yankthemike says:

    thanks for posting that- i teared up. what a wonderful man – also I loved the details of alcohol bottles from the Mantle era and the same scale Ruth weighed in on. Those tow items speak SO much to the Yankee tradition.

  6. mike c says:

    something to feel good about

  7. Jake H says:

    Very touching and moving piece. I hope his ills are behind him.

  8. Michael Kay but not THE says:

    Core Five. Get well Geno.

  9. I had an idea while reading the article. I want some opinions.

    Informal RAB poll:

    Would you be in favor of the Yankees (at some point) retiring the number 100 for Gene Monahan?

  10. Drew says:

    Thanks for the link. That was good stuff.

    It was great to see him in the dugout during our home stands and I look forward to seeing him back in the dugout regularly.

    An aside, that bit from Nettles was pretty funny.

  11. Across the pond says:

    Really huge point brought up by this article – and hopefully it will stick with everyone.

    Don’t take chances and not get lumps etc checked out.

    I myself let a lump go unchecked for nearly a year, turned out to be mouth cancer. Unbelievably stupid of me but I got off the hook and hopefully Geno will too.

    Will be great to see him back.

  12. Linda Yann says:

    MANY thanks for the update!!..So GLAD to see GENO back!..Opening day at the stadium shed some tears in my eyes..GENO: I hope you’re back 100% healthy..There are alot of us out there who LUVS ya!!..Stay strong!!

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