Gagliano was a solid utility player who spent his first seven-plus seasons with the
Cardinals. He appeared in a career-high 122 games in 1965, hitting eight homers with
53 RBI. Developing into a top pinch hitter, he batted .354 in that role with the
1971-72 Red Sox, .366 for Cincinnati in 1973. He played with future St. Louis teammates
Tim McCarver and Mike Shannon, and ML pitcher Jim Donahue, at Christian Brothers
High School in Memphis, Tennessee. His brother Ralph appeared in one game with the
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»March 27, 1973:
The Red Sox swap Andy Kosco and Phil Gagliano to the Reds for P Mel Behney, who was 0–2 for the Reds in 1970. His major-league record will remain unchanged.
»September 14, 1973: In Cincinnati, the Reds score three runs in the 9th to trip the Braves, 7–6. Bobby Tolan drives in the winner after Phil Gagliano drives in two runs with a 2-out single.