From BR Bullpen
William A. Gardner
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Debut August 9, 1887
- Final Game September 6, 1887
- Born 1866 in Baltimore, MD USA
- Died October 12, 1948 in Catonsville, MD USA
 Biographical Information
Bill Gardner played pitcher, third base and shortstop during his brief time in his brief time in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles in 1887. While he wasn't successful as a pitcher, he was a bit better as a hitter and even participated in a double play while in the field at shortstop. The Baltimore Sun of the time indicates that he was a 20-year-old local amateur player.
In 1892, he was still playing amateur ball, with the Baltimore YMCA team, combining this with his full-time employment as a veal butcher. It was a family trade, as his father, Augustus Gardner, is listed as a butcher in various censuses. Bill Gardner died in 1948 in Catonsville, MD, a suburb of Baltimore. He is buried in Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore.
 Further Reading
- "William Gardner", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, July/August 2009, p. 1.