Joining the Chicago Cubs in 1922, Hartnett would spend 19 years on the North Side, becoming the greatest hitting catcher of his age. He proved a reliable bat in the line up through his early years, even blasting 24 home runs in 1925, but it was after his return from an injury plagued 1929 season that Hartnett really put it all together. His final line of the 1930 campaign was .339/37/122, likely his finest offensive year. Ironically, it was his 1935 season, when he hit 24 fewer home runs, which brought him an MVP award. Hartnett appeared in four World Series with the Cubs, the final of which in 1938, he also served as manager. His “Homer in the Gloamin’” that season helped guarantee the Pennant over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hartnett had three brothers and three sisters who played organized ball.
November 22, 2010
Des Plaines, IL