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Charles Leo "Gabby" Hartnett (December 20, 1900 - December 20, 1972) was an American Major League Baseball catcher and manager who played nearly his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. He is widely considered to have been the greatest National League catcher in the first half of the 20th century. December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager); this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Wrigley Field (1916-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1908 â€¢ 1907 NL Pennants (10) 1945 â€¢ 1938 â€¢ 1935 â€¢ 1932 1929 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1910 â€¢ 1908 1907 â€¢ 1906 Central Division titles (1) 2003 East Division titles (2) 1984... This article refers to the American baseball league. ...


Hartnett was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island as the oldest of 14 children. Joining the Cubs in 1922, he proved himself an excellent backstop through the 1920s; but a succession of injuries often kept him out of the lineup. He kept pace with the increasing offense of the "live ball" era, hitting 24 home runs in 1925 to finish second in the league. 1929 was especially frustrating, as an inexplicable sore arm limited him to one game behind the plate and 24 games as a pinch-hitter as the Cubs won the pennant; Hartnett would strike out in all three of his World Series at bats. But he rebounded with a remarkable season in 1930, hitting .339 with career highs of 37 home runs - then a record for catchers - and 122 runs batted in. In the meantime, his quiet and unpretentious manner had inspired teammates to give him his famous nickname out of irony. Location of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. ... See also: 1921 in sports, other events of 1922, 1923 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Fitzroy wins the 26th VFL Premiership (Fitzroy 11. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... See also: 1929 in sports, other events of 1930, 1931 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Basketball The South American Basketball Championship 1930, won by Uruguay, is the first major international basketball championship. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ...

This person is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This person is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Moving into his 30s, when most catchers find themselves wearing out, Hartnett was just getting started. Although he had caught over 100 games only four times in the 1920s, he would do so for the next eight consecutive seasons (1930-37), and in 1939 he broke Ray Schalk's major league record of 1,727 career games as a catcher. Hartnett also finished among the NL's top ten in slugging percentage seven times in his career. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... See also: 1938 in sports, other events of 1939, 1940 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. // Auto Racing August 11 - Jean Bugatti, automobile designer and the 30-year-old son of Ettore Bugatti, died in... Ray Schalk of the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in 1913. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...


Named an NL All-Star for the first six games that were played (1933-38), Hartnett was catching when pitcher Carl Hubbell set a record in the 1934 game by striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin in succession. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ... Carl Owen Hubbell (June 22, 1903 - November 21, 1988) was a left-handed screwball pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the New York Giants in the National League from 1928 to 1943. ... See also: 1933 in sports, 1935 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball July 10 - In the second Major League Baseball All-Star Game, played at the Polo Grounds in New York City, left-handed pitcher Carl Hubbell sets a record by striking out Babe Ruth, Lou... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K, K-S, or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... For the band named Babe Ruth, see Babe Ruth (band). ... This person is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Jimmie Foxx on the cover of Time in 1929 James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who was, up until Mark McGwires glory days in the late 1990s, the most prolific right-handed power hitter to ever play... Aloysius Harry Simmons (May 22, 1902 - May 26, 1956), born Aloysius Szymanski in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was an American player in Major League Baseball over three decades. ... Joseph Edward Cronin (October 12, 1906 – September 7, 1984) was a Major League Baseball player from 1926 to 1945 and manager from 1933 to 1947. ...


Hartnett was named the NL's MVP in 1935, after batting .344 (third in the league) and topping league catchers in assists, double plays, and fielding average to lead the Cubs to the pennant. In 1937 he was the league's MVP runnerup after batting .354, again third in the NL. He was named the Cubs' manager in the middle of the 1938 season, replacing Charlie Grimm. In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... See also: 1934 in sports, 1936 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball On May 25, Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting three home runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... As with many sports, and perhaps even more so, statistics are very important to baseball. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... As with many sports, and perhaps even more so, statistics are very important to baseball. ... See also: 1937 in sports, other events of 1938, 1939 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0. ... Charlie Grimm (August 28, 1898 - November 15, 1983), was a popular major league baseball first baseman and manager, sometime radio broadcaster, and generally a goodwill ambassador for baseball. ...


On September 28, 1938, with the Cubs trailing Pittsburgh by only half a game, he experienced the highlight of his career. The lightless Wrigley Field was gradually being overcome by darkness in a hard-fought game with the Pirates, the score tied 5-5; if it had become too dark, the game would have needed to be replayed from the beginning. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, two strikes on him, and the umpires ready to end the game, Hartnett launched a shot into the gloom and haze which would be remembered as his "Homer in the Gloamin'". The Cubs were now in first place, culminating a tremendous 19-3-1 September run, and the pennant would be clinched three days later. Unfortunately, the Cubs were swept in the World Series by the New York Yankees, their fourth Series loss in ten years. September 28 is the 271st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (272nd in leap years). ... Major league affiliations National League (1887-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark PNC Park (2001-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1925 1909 NL Pennants (9) 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1960 â€¢ 1927 1925 â€¢ 1909 â€¢ 1903 â€¢ 1902 1901 Central Division titles (0) None East Division titles... It has been suggested that Eamus catuli be merged into this article or section. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Yankee Stadium (1976-present) Major league titles World Series titles (26) 2000 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 1978 â€¢ 1977 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1961 1958 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1953 â€¢ 1952 1951 â€¢ 1950 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 1943 â€¢ 1941 â€¢ 1939 â€¢ 1938 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1932 â€¢ 1928 1927...


He continued to manage the Cubs through the 1940 season. In 1941 he left to play for, and coach, the New York Giants, hitting .300 in his final year as a player. He ended his 20-year career with a .297 batting average and a .489 slugging percentage; his 236 home runs, 1179 runs batted in, 1912 hits, and 396 doubles were all records for catchers. His bat and catcher's mask were the first artifacts sent to the newly constructed Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938. Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888 West Division titles (6... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display...


Afterward he managed in the minor leagues for five seasons, retiring to Lincolnwood, Illinois in 1946. Gabby Hartnett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. Lincolnwood is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... See also: 1954 in sports, other events of 1955, 1956 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Bob Sweikert won the Indianapolis 500 Bob Sweikert won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lawrence S. Ritter (1922 - 2004) was a writer whose specialty was baseball. ...


Later he worked as a coach and scout for the Kansas City Athletics for two years in the mid-1960s. He died of cirrhosis in Park Ridge, Illinois on his 72nd birthday. Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968-present) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1989 â€¢ 1974 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1972 1930 â€¢ 1929 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1911 1910 AL Pennants (15) 1990 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1988 â€¢ 1974 1973 â€¢ 1972 â€¢ 1931 â€¢ 1930 1929 â€¢ 1914 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1911 1910... Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrotic scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules, leading to progressive loss of liver function. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Gabby Hartnett is interred in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.


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Preceded by:
Dizzy Dean
National League Most Valuable Player
1935
Succeeded by:
Carl Hubbell
Preceded by:
Charlie Grimm
Chicago Cubs Manager
19381940
Succeeded by:
Jimmie Wilson

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Gabby Hartnett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (741 words)
Hartnett was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island as the oldest of 14 children.
Hartnett was named the NL's MVP in 1935, after batting.344 (third in the league) and topping league catchers in assists, double plays, and fielding average to lead the Cubs to the pennant.
Gabby Hartnett is interred in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers Hall Of Fame - Gabby Hartnett (1676 words)
Gabby Hartnett was not only a standout catcher, but he was also a dangerous hitter, garnishing his.297 lifetime average with 236 home runs.
Hartnett not only made the 1922 club, but he developed into one of the greatest catchers of all time, one who frequently is mentioned in the same class as fellow Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Bill Dickey and Mickey Cochrane.
With a healthy Hartnett behind the plate, the Cubs were about to begin a run as the NL powerhouse of the 1930s, winning pennants in 1932, '35 and '38.
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