“Gabby” Hartnett, 1900-1972, was one of the first three Rhode Island-born men to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Hartnett, born in Woonsocket, was the oldest of fourteen children. He grew up in the nearby small town of Millville, Massachusetts, where he played baseball in the Blackstone Valley League. He was one of the nation’s top catchers, and after his playing career, he continued his involvement in baseball as a coach and as a minor league manager. He competed in four World Series and had a lifetime batting average of .297.
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