Happy Birthday–July 19

Jim Donnelly (1865)
Earl Hamilton (1891)
Bob Meusel (1896)
Mark Koenig (1904)
Jackie Hayes (1906)
Phil Cavarretta (1916)
Billy Gardner (1927)
Jayson Stark (1951)
Dan Graham (1954)
Mark Carreon (1963)
David Segui (1966)
Gus Gandarillas (1971)
Preston Wilson (1974)
Yorvit Torrealba (1978)
Rick Ankiel (1979)

Jayson Stark is a long-time baseball writer and was an ESPN commentator for several years.

Infielder William Frederick Gardner played for the Twins for a couple of months in 1961, then managed them from 1981-1985.  He was born in Waterford, Connecticut and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent in 1945.  He was up and down a lot in a lengthy minor league career, reaching AA in 1945, dropping back to Class A through 1948 (with one year missed for military service), played in AAA in 1949, went back to Class A in 1950, was back in AAA from 1951-1952, and then went to AA for 1953.  He hit well at lower levels, but did not do much in AAA.  Gardner was with the Giants as a reserve infielder for all of 1954 and part of 1955 (spending the rest of the season in AAA Minneapolis), then was sold to Baltimore at the start of the 1956 season.  He was the Orioles' regular second baseman for four years; the best of those four was easily 1957, when he hit .262, led the league with 36 doubles, and finished twelfth in MVP voting.  He hit around .220 his other years in Baltimore.  Gardner was traded to Washington just prior to the 1960 season for Clint Courtney and Ron Samford.  He was their regular second baseman that year and came to Minnesota with the team in that role in 1961, but was traded to the Yankees on June 14 for Danny McDevitt.  As a Twin, Billy Gardner hit .234/.280/.312 in 154 at-bats.  He was with the Yankees for about a year, then moved on to Boston, where he hit well as a reserve for the rest of the 1962 campaign.  He remained with the Red Sox through 1963, was in the minors for them in 1964, and then his playing career was basically over, although he made brief appearances at AA in the Red Sox' organization, where he was managing, through 1971.  He was a coach and manager for various teams until 1981, when he was first a coach and then manager for the Twins, replacing Johnny Goryl.  He remained the Twins' manager through 1985.  He also managed Kansas City for part of 1987, replacing a terminally ill Dick Howser.  He left baseball after that, working for Grand Champion Foods in Norwich, Connecticut until his retirement.  At last report, Billy Gardner was living in Waterford, Connecticut.  His son, Billy Gardner, Jr., was a minor-league manager for over twenty years and was the manager of the Syracuse Chiefs from 2014-2017.  He was a roving minor league coordinator for the Washington Nationals at last report.

Catcher Daniel Jay Graham appeared in two games for the Twins in 1979.  He was born in Ray, Arizona, attended the University of La Verne, and was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1975.  He was a power hitter early in his career, hitting .320 with 29 home runs at Class A Reno in 1976 and .277 with 23 home runs at AAA Toledo in 1978.  He came up to the Twins briefly in early June of 1979, catching in two games and going 0-for-4.  He had a bad season in AAA that year, hitting just .213 with nine homers.  The Twins traded him to Baltimore after the season for Tom Chism.  He started the 1980 season at AAA Rochester, but when he hit .346 with 4 homers in a month, the Orioles brought him to the majors, where he shared the catching job with Rick Dempsey.  He actually had a very good year in Baltimore, hitting .278 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 266 at-bats.  He couldn't sustain it, though, batting just .176 in 142 at-bats in his only full season in the majors in 1981.  He went back to Rochester for 1982 and was okay, hitting .272 with 11 homers, but he never got another chance at the majors.  His playing career ended after the 1982 season.  At last report, Dan Graham was living in Winkelman, Arizona.

Right-hander Gustavo Gandarillas did not play for the Twins, but was drafted by them.  He was born in Coral Gables, Florida, went to high school in Hialeah, Florida, and then attended the University of Miami.  He was drafted by Minnesota in the third round in 1992.  Almost exclusively a reliever, he pitched very well at Class A, but stumbled at higher levels.  He reached AAA Salt Lake in 1997 and stayed there (other than 18 games at AA in 1999) through 2000.  He did not get much accomplished there.  Gandarillas became a free agent after the 1998 season and signed with Pittsburgh, but when the Pirates released him in spring training the Twins took him back.  He became a free agent again after 2000 and signed with Boston for 2001, but was released in late May.  Milwaukee picked him up and he had his first good season in AAA.  The Brewers called him up for a week in July and brought him back in late August, this time keeping him the rest of the season.  He went 0-0, 5.49, 1.78 WHIP in 19.2 innings over 16 games.  He made three appearances in the minors for Milwaukee in 2002, then was released.  Gandarillas pitched in the Mexican Leauge in 2003, then his playing career was over.  At last report, Gus Gandarillas was living in Miami, where he was part owner of Hit Zone Batting Cages.

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