Gabby Hartnett: The Life and Times of the Cubs' Greatest Catcher

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Gabby Harnett is believed by many to be the greatest catcher of all time. This work chronicles Hartnett's life from his early years in Millville, Massachusetts, through his twenty-year career with the Chicago Cubs as player and manager, his time in various capacities in the minor leagues and with the New York Giants and Kansas City Athletics, to his post-major league career as a businessman in Chicago.

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About the Book Gabby Harnett is believed by many to be the greatest catcher of all time. This work chronicles Hartnett’s life from his early years in Millville, Massachusetts, ... through his twenty-year career with the Chicago Cubs as player and manager, his time in various capacities in the minor leagues and with the New York Giants and Kansas City Athletics, to his post-major league career as a businessman in Chicago. His childhood, early baseball experiences with the local team and with a nearby prep school, and his first professional baseball season with the Worcester Boosters of the Eastern League are covered in detail. Hartnett’s major league career as the catcher for the Cubs is well-documented, including his near career-ending arm injury in 1929, the 1932 World Series that featured Babe Ruth’s legendary "called shot," and Hartnett’s famous "homer in the gloamin" against the Pittsburgh Pirates that propelled Chicago to the 1938 National League pennant. The author also compares Hartnett’s statistics to those of his famous contemporaries, Mickey Cochrane and Bill Dickey, on a year-by-year basis. Read more Show Less

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Gabby Harnett is believed by many to be the greatest catcher of all time. This work chronicles Hartnett's life from his early years in Millville, Massachusetts, through his twenty-year career with the Chicago Cubs as player and manager, his time in various capacities in the minor leagues and with the New York Giants and Kansas City Athletics, to his post-major league career as a businessman in Chicago.

His childhood, early baseball experiences with the local team and with a nearby prep school, and his first professional baseball season with the Worcester Boosters of the Eastern League are covered in detail. Hartnett's major league career as the catcher for the Cubs is well-documented, including his near career-ending arm injury in 1929, the 1932 World Series that featured Babe Ruth's legendary "called shot," and Hartnett's famous "homer in the gloamin" against the Pittsburgh Pirates that propelled Chicago to the 1938 National League pennant. The author also compares Hartnett's statistics to those of his famous contemporaries, Mickey Cochrane and Bill Dickey, on a year-by-year basis.

About the Author
William F. McNeil is also the author of The Single Season Home Run Kings (2003), The California Winter League (2002), Cool Papas and Double Duties (2001), Baseball's Other All-Stars (2000), Ruth, Maris, McGuire and Sosa (1999) and The King of Swat (1997). A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786418503
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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William F. McNeil is a long-time baseball historian and the author of numerous books on the game. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), he is the recipient of five Robert Peterson awards for increasing the public's awareness of the Negro Leagues. He lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
1. In the Beginning, 1900-1919 3
2. On the Road to the Major Leagues, 1920-1921 23
3. Breaking In with the Chicago Cubs, 1922-1923 35
4. A Major League Star at Last, 1924-1925 60
5. Refining His Skills, 1926-1927 85
6. The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, 1928-1929 111
7. The "Year of the Hitter" and Beyond, 1930-1931 135
8. A World Series--and Gabby Plays, 1932-1933 159
9. The National League's MVP, 1934-1935 188
10. Reaching for the Top, 1936-1937 221
11. A Baseball Legend Is Born, 1938 243
12. The End of the Trail, 1939-1946 263
13. Into the Sunset, 1947-1972 282
14. Gabby Hartnett's Legacy 299
Chapter Notes 305
Bibliography 313
Index 317
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