Gabby Hartnett

Charles Leo Hartnett
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1955
Primary team: Chicago Cubs
Primary position: Catcher

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.

"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

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1955
Primary Team: Chicago Cubs
Position Played: Catcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Birth year: 1900
Played for:
Chicago Cubs (1922-1940)
New York Giants (1941)
Managed:
Chicago Cubs (1938-1940)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
1990
At BatsAB
6432
RunsR
867
HitsH
1912
Doubles2B
396
Triples3B
64
Home RunsHR
236
RBIRBI
1179
Stolen BasesSB
28
WalksBB
703
Batting AverageBA
.297
OPSOPS
.858
On Base %OBP
.370
Slugging %SLG
.489