- C, 1B
- December 20, 1900
- 6' 1"
- 195 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-12-1922 with CHN
- Allstar Selections:
- 1935 MVP
- Hall of Fame:
Gabby Hartnett willed the Chicago Cubs to the 1938 National League pennant, hitting a dramatic home run on September 28 against the Pirates in Wrigley Field, vaulting the Cubs past the Bucs into first place. The popular Hartnett played in four World Series for the Cubs but never tasted victory. He won the 1935 National League Most Valuable Player Award when he hit .344 with 91 RBI in 116 games, and he was the best catcher in the NL prior to World War II. His impressive offensive skills landed him in Cooperstown in 1955.
#7 (1932), #9 (1933-1936, 1941), #2 (1937-1940)
As a manager/player in 1940, Hartnett replaced himself as the Cub starting catcher, with Al Todd, a 38-year old veteran.
The right-handed slugger set career-highs with 37 homers and 122 RBI. He hit .339 in 141 games, the most games he ever played in one season. The Cubs failed to defend their NL Championship however, as the Cardinals went 21-4 in September to overtake Chicago.
Bucky Harris, Gabby Hartnett and Joe Tinker, are the only Hall of Famers who died on their birthdays.
Poor strike zone judgment, and he also grounded into a lot of double plays.
The Homer in the Gloamin'
Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin" is legendary in Chicago. It occurred on September 28th in Wrigley Field late in the day in a 5-5 tie with the Pirates. With darkness setting in, Hartnett launched a Bob Klinger pitch into the left field stands to win the game, 6-5, and propel the Cubs into first place by half-a-game. Three days later, the Cubs clinched the pennant, completing an amazing late-season surge.