#89 3B Larry Gardner (1919-1926)

Acquired in 1919, Gardner was a major cog in the 1920 World Series winner. During that year, he hit .310/.367/.414 and drove in 118. For the era he played in, Gardner was a pretty good hitter; most of his career was spent during the dead-ball era.

The first half of his career was spent with the Boston Red Sox, where behind pitcher Babe Ruth the Sox won a championship in 1915. He was traded to the Philadelphia Athletics after the 1917 season for star 1B Stuffy McInnis, and dealt to the Indians a year later along with Charlie Jamieson for Braggo Roth.

Gardner’s best season with the Indians came a year after the 1920 championship run; he hit .319/.391/.414 and drove in 120 runs.

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