Chicago Cubs catcher's protective gear, 1938. Canvas, leather, metal, wool, wood. Made by A. G. Spalding & Bros. and Hillerich & Bradsby Co., United States. Gift of Chicago National League Baseball Club. 1938.146a-g
This Chicago Cubs Catcher's Uniform was worn by Leo "Gabby" Hartnett on September 28, 1938 in a game between the Pittsburg Pirates and the Chicago Cubs; the bat was named Betsy.
This protective gear was worn by Chicago Cub's Catcher, Leo "Gabby" Hartnett on September 28, 1938 in a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the score tied in the last half of the 9th inning, two men out, and the game about to be called on account of darkness, Harnett, came up to bat. With two strikes on him, Hartnett hit a home run that won the game 6-5 and earned the Cubs the 1938 National League Pennant. The ball seen here is signed by members of the Cubs 1938 team and was the very same ball used when Hartnett hit his pennant-winning home run.