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Outfielder Gardella, 85, dies

Updated: March 13, 2005, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Danny Gardella, a New York Giants outfielder who challenged baseball's reserve clause in a 1947 federal lawsuit, has died. He was 85.

He died March 6 of cardiac disease at a hospice in Yonkers, the Westchester County medical examiner's office said Sunday.

Gardella spent just more than two seasons in the major leagues. But his lawsuit was one step on the road to players winning free agency in 1976, eventually leading to the flurry of player movement and multimillion-dollar ...

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