Gardner was a steady third baseman and an above-average dead-ball era hitter. The lefthanded batter joined the Red Sox out of the University of Vermont in 1908, and was their regular third baseman from 1912 through 1917, including three World Championship seasons. Gardner’s sacrifice fly in the tenth inning of the final game of the 1912 WS finished the Giants. In early 1918, the Red Sox sent him in a package to the A’s for standout first baseman Stuffy McInnis. After a year in Philadelphia, Gardner joined Cleveland and his former teammate, manager Tris Speaker. He cashed another WS check with the Indians in 1920, and hit a career-high .319 in 1921. Gardner later returned to his alma mater as baseball coach and athletic director.