Opening Day Countdown: No. 2 Gabby Hartnett
Opening Day is just two days away. As Cubs fans prepare for pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the rest of the squad to kick off the regular season, we here at Vine Line are counting down the days in a unique way. For every day remaining until the season starts—today’s number is two—we’ll commemorate some of the best players to wear that number for the Cubs.
Gabby Harnett is arguably the organization’s best catcher of all time. The Hall of Famer and 1935 NL MVP wore the No. 2 from 1937-40 and had 19 successful seasons as both a player and manager of the Cubs. Hartnett amassed 231 home runs in his Cubs career and tallied 1,153 RBI. He also carried a batting average of .297 with the franchise.
From 1938-40, Hartnett was also a player/manager. He took over the club midway through the 1938 season and led them to a pennant.
During his long career, Hartnett wore a few different Cubs jerseys, including Nos. 7 and 9.
Other Notables to wear the No. 2 include:
Billy Herman, Leo Durocher and Rick Wilkins. Third baseman Ian Stewart currently sports the number.