Chicago Cubs: Top home run hitters of all-time
By Joel Wagler
Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – No. 8: Gabby Hartnett (231)
This long-time Cub was one of the greatest catchers of his era. Gabby Hartnett was named to each of the first six All-Star games, starting in 1933. He finished in the top 20 in MVP voting nine times, not including in 1930, when there was no vote. He won the MVP in 1935 win he hit .344 and drove in 91 runs.
Hartnett wasn’t a pure or consistent home run hitter. He only hit more than 24 once, and more than 16 three times. Nine years, he finished a season with between ten and 16 dingers. His best season was in 1930, the same campaign as Hack Wilson’s behemoth year. Hartnett set careers highs in home runs (37) and RBI (112) that season, giving the Cubs an incredible one-two punch. There can be no doubt Harnett is one of the all-time greatest Cubs’ hitters.
Hartnett is also eighth all-time in games played for the Chicago Cubs and eleventh in plate appearances. The fact he was the catcher in almost all of these games is amazing (he played first base just 33 times in his career).