- Bats Right, Throws Right
Paul Gagliano played for five seasons in Italy.
Gagliano batted .393/.528/.643 with 11 runs, 7 RBI and 3 steals in 4 tries in 9 games for the Italian national team in the 1981 European Championship as Italy finished second to the Netherlands. He fielded .867 as the starter in CF. He tied John Guggiana for second on the team in runs, one behind Mike Romano and he was second to Guggiana in slugging. He hit .320/.465/.448 with 44 runs in 34 games for Parma in 1981 and .290/.405/.556 in 1982.
In the 1982 Amateur World Series, he hit .172/.365/.207 as the main Italian second baseman, with a team-high 10 walks and 4 steals (0 caught stealing) in 9 games. His 6 runs tied Roberto Bianchi for the team lead. In '83, he produced at a .252/.379/.376 clip for Parma but stole 27 bases in 32 tries. In the main season, his 21 steals tied Gianguido Poma for 2nd, 5 behind Lyle Brackenridge. In the 1983 European Championship, he played center field for Italy, flanked by future Italian Hall of Famers Roberto Bianchi and Giuseppe Carelli; he hit .406/.578/.750 with 13 runs, 11 walks and 5 steals in 9 games. He led Italy in walks and steals and was third in runs behind Guglielmo Trinci and Bianchi.
Paul batted .286/.372/.429 with 30 steals in 35 tries and 54 runs in 56 games in 1984. In the main section of the year, he led in swipes (21, two ahead of Harry Chappas). He played for Italy in the 1984 Olympics. He hit .305/.413/.498 with 64 runs, 10 homers, 45 walks, 42 RBI and 22 steals in 33 tries in 1985, his final season with Parma. In the high-scoring aluminum bat era, he was only among the leaders in steals (tied for third with Donald Mazzilli).
He had hit .288/.401/.453 with 259 runs, 104 steals (in 132 tries), 157 walks and 37 homers in 245 games in Italy. Through 2013, he was 44th in Italian annals in OBP. He had fielded .929 in 131 games at SS, .967 in 86 games in CF and .954 in 34 games at 2B while seeing action at every spot in at least one game.
After baseball, he worked in real estate.