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Mike Gazella

Football & Baseball (Inducted: 1977-78)


Mike  Gazella

Few men can claim to having played on championship teams on the collegiate and professional levels as can Lafayette's two-sport great, Mike Gazella.

At Lafayette, Gazella was the starting left halfback for three seasons under Dr. J. B. "Jock" Sutherland. In 1921, he was one of the backfield mainstays on the Leopard eleven which rolled to a 9-0 record and the mythical national collegiate football championship. Wrote Sutherland of Gazella: "This lad was perhaps one of the lightest men on the squad, weighing about 145 pounds, but he played brilliant football and was always a man the other teams feared." Mike also captained the 1923 baseball team, playing several infield positions under the legendary coach Bill Couglin. Upon graduation, Gazella played for the Yankees World Championship teams in 1923, 1927, and 1928 as a utility infielder, and also played on the Yankees American League championship team in 1926. He enjoyed his finest season in 1927 when he hit .278 while playing third base behind the great Joe Dugan.