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From BR Bullpen
Daniel Lewis Gardella
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 7½", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut May 14, 1944
- Final Game April 20, 1950
- Born February 26, 1920 in New York, NY USA
- Died March 6, 2005 in Yonkers, NY USA
 Biographical Information
Outfielder Danny Gardella played for the New York Giants in 1944 and 1945. In 1946, he jumped to the Mexican League and was banned from the majors by Commissioner Happy Chandler. The next year, he filed a federal lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause. In the light of the legal challenge, Chandler revoked Gardella's ban, and Gardella dropped his lawsuit. He played in just one more big league game, with the St. Louis Cardinals, in 1950. Known for practicing with an iron bat to strengthening his muscles. Gardella died March 6, 2005 at age 85 of congestive heart failure.
 Further Reading
- David Mandell: "Danny Gardella and the Reserve Clause", in The National Pastime - A Review of Baseball History, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, number 26 (May, 2006), pp. 41-44.