Gabby Hartnett

Gabby Hartnett
Birthdate 12/20/1900
Death Date 12/20/1972
Debut Year 1922
Year of Induction 1955
Teams Cubs, Giants
Positions Catcher, Manager

At the time of his retirement Gabby Hartnett held the career records for catchers in games played, homers, runs batted in, hits, and doubles.

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Hartnett retired as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history

Hartnett retired as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history

A six-time All Star and four-time National League champion, Leo Gabby Hartnett received support in MVP balloting in ten seasons. It all fell into place in 1935 when Hartnett hit .344 to lead the Cubs to the World Series. The catcher was rewarded for his work with the Most Valuable Player Award. At t
The Homer in the Gloamin' is one of baseball's most memorable hits

The Homer in the Gloamin' is one of baseball's most memorable hits

After posting a 45-36 record through their first 81 games of the 1938 season, the Cubs decided to fire skipper Charlie Grimm and replace him with Gabby Hartnett. As catcher/manager of the team Hartnett helped them go 44-27 the rest of the way. The Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the Nationa
Hartnett played in MLB's first six All Star Games from 1933-1938

Hartnett played in MLB's first six All Star Games from 1933-1938

Gabby Hartnett was selected to play in each of Major League Baseball’s first six All Star games. The inaugural event was played on July 6, 1933 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. A month and a day later on a travel day from Pittsburgh to St. Louis, Hartnett penned this handwritten letter. The c

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