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Daniel Lewis Gardella

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 7½", Weight 160 lb.

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[edit] 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.

His brother, Al Gardella, played in a handful of games for the 1945 Giants.

[edit] 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.

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