Gardner's only good ML season came with the Yankees in 1972 (8-5, 3.06). He had a
complex trade history. Originally sent to Oakland by the Yankees in April 1971 with
Ron Klimkowski for Felipe Alou, he was reacquired by New York in May for Curt Blefary.
The A's got him back after the 1972 season with Rich McKinney in return for Matty
Alou and sold Gardner to Milwaukee in May 1973, but the deal was canceled and Gardner
returned in July.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 9, 1971: The A's trade OF/1B Felipe Alou to the Yankees for two pitchers, Rob Gardner and Ron Klimkowski. Klimkowski will come back to the Yankees next year and Gardner will return in six weeks.
»November 24, 1972: The Yankees acquire veteran Matty Alou from the A's for Rob Gardner and Rich McKinley. It is the 2nd time the Yankees have traded Gardner to the A's for an Alou. Last year it was Felipe Alou.