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

After going to Mexico to earn more money in the off-season, Danny Gardella came under attack from commissioner Happy Chandler who felt the move was a threat to baseball’s reserve clause. Chandler banned Gardella and his fellow Mexican Leaguers who left the big leagues because they could get more money playing in Mexico. In this
Page two of Gardella's letter about the Mexican League

Page two of Gardella's letter about the Mexican League

A reflective Gardella continues, “I hope I have been good for baseball…” One of the earliest players to train with weights, 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.
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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