Hartnett, Gabby

Charles Leo Hartnett
Born: December 20, 1900, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Died: December 20, 1972, Park Ridge, Illinois
Played For: 
Chicago Cubs (1922-1940), New York Giants (1941)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1955

Gabby Hartnett was not only a standout catcher, but a dangerous hitter. As a Cubs backstop, he caught 100 or more games 12 times, led the National League in putouts four times and in assists and fielding average six times. The winner of the 1935 National League MVP Award and runner-up in 1937, Hartnett finished his career with a .297 batting average. As a player-manager in 1938, his near-darkness home run, known as the "Homer in the Gloamin'," helped the Cubs to their fourth pennant during his tenure as a player.

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Did You Know: 
that Gabby Hartnett was born in Woonsocket, R.I., the same hometown of Hall of Fame second baseman Nap Lajoie?
Gabby was the greatest throwing catcher that ever gunned a ball to second base. He threw a ball that had the speed of lightning, but was as light as a feather.
Joe McCarthy