Danny Gardella

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Birthdate 02/26/1920
Death Date 03/06/2005
Debut Year 1944
Year of Induction
Teams Cardinals, Giants
Positions Center Field, Left Field, Right Field

After the Giants offered him $4,500 in 1946, Danny Gardella jumped the Mexican League for $10,000 and was soon suspended from MLB.

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Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella explains what happened in 1946

Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella explains what happened in 1946

Danny Gardella played 168 games for the New York Giants in 1944 and ’45. They were lean years in baseball with many of the game’s stars away for the war effort. As players returned it was a buyer’s market. For 1946, the Giants offered Gardella $4,500. The Mexican League’s tea
Gardella played in 169 big league games sprinkled over three seasons

Gardella played in 169 big league games sprinkled over three seasons

One of the earliest players to train with weights, Danny Gadella was also known for his ability to walk on his hands and perform acrobatic stunts. In three Major League seasons, Gardella played 169 games and hit .267 with 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in. Shown here is the second page of the lette
Chandler letter to Dodger owner Walter O'Malley about the Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella

Chandler letter to Dodger owner Walter O'Malley about the Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella

In 1946, Major League players Danny Gardella, Sal Maglie, Alex Carrasquel, Max Lanier, and Mickey Owen accepted $10,000 each to play in the Mexican League. In response Commissioner Chandler banned them for five years on grounds that they violated baseball’s reserve clause. Gardella sued Major

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