Mike Gazella

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Michael Gazella

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mike Gazella was one of the least-known players on perhaps the most famous team of all time, the 1927 New York Yankees. He played 54 games at third base and shortstop, hitting .278. His major league career was all with the Yankees, in 1923 and 1926-28.

He did not appear in the 1927 World Series, but was in the 1926 World Series for one game without an at-bat.

Gazella is described as a hard-nosed, scrappy guy who once told off the whole Yankee team when he felt they weren't playing up to their ability.

He was both a football and a baseball star at Lafayette College, where he attended from 1920-23.

He played with Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association in 1923.

Gazella scouted for the Yankees in the late 1940s

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1935 Ponca City Angels Western Association 76-55 2nd Chicago Cubs League Champs
1936 Ponca City Angels Western Association 87-57 1st Chicago Cubs League Champs
1937 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 74-41 2nd Chicago Cubs League Champs
1938 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 67-59 3rd Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
1939 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 49-73 6th (t) Chicago Cubs
1940 Moline Plowboys Three-I League 46-78 7th Chicago Cubs
1947 Ventura Yankees California League -- New York Yankees -- replaced by Johnny Sturm in June
1948 Denver Bears Western League 70-67 2nd Hollywood Stars Lost in 1st round
1949 Denver Bears Western League 41-49 -- Boston Braves -- replaced by William DeCarlo (4-2) on July 23

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