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.