Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Featured Player: Rob Gardner

Today's featured player is former pitcher Richard Frank Gardner.
Gardner was born on December 19, 1944 in Binghampton, New York and made his major league debut September 1, 1965 with the New York Mets as an amateur free agent.
On June 12, 1969, the Cleveland Indians traded Gardner to the Yankees for catcher John Orsino.
In his lone 1970 Yankees season, we went 1-0 in his only game and lasted 7 1/3 innings. He gave up eight hits including two home runs, four runs total, walked five and struck out eight.
Less than a year later on April 9, 1971, he was traded along with pitcher Ron Klimkowski to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Felipe Alou.
He made a return when the Athletic's traded him back for utility infielder Curt Blefary.
He earned more playing time going 8-5 giving up a total of 43 runs in 97 innings pitched. He struck out 58 while posting a modest 3.06 ERA, good enough to be a regular starter is today's game.
On November 24, 1972, the Yankees traded him back to the Athletic's for Felipe's brother, Matty and a player to be named later. The player was Rich McKinney.
Gardner played his final game on July 13, 1973.

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