Interview with Daniel L. "Danny" Gardella, August 27, 1980

Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Danny Gardella was a left fielder in Major League baseball. He also played in the Mexican League. He is remembered as the first Major League player to challenge the reserve clause. His and others' efforts brought about free agency for players and multimillion-dollar player contracts. In this interview, he talks about his Major League career during World War II, his time playing for the Mexican League, his court case (Gardella v. Chandler), his reasons for not dropping the suit, and his life after his career as a baseball player.

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1980oh173_chan081

Interviewee Name

Daniel L. "Danny" Gardella

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1980-08-27

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Gardella, Daniel L. Interview by William J. Marshall. 27 Aug. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gardella, D.L. (1980, August 27). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gardella, Daniel L., interview by William J. Marshall. August 27, 1980, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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