Roy Hartsfield

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Roy Hartsfield
Second baseman
Born: (1925-10-25)October 25, 1925
Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, U.S.
Died: January 15, 2011(2011-01-15) (aged 85)
Ball Ground, Georgia, U.S.
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 1950 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 1952 for the Boston Braves
Career statistics
Batting average .273
Stolen bases 14
Runs 138

As player

As manager

Roy Thomas Hartsfield (October 25, 1925 – January 15, 2011) was a second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball; his MLB playing and managing careers each lasted three years. Hartsfield played his entire major-league career with the Boston Braves (now the Atlanta Braves) from 1950 to 1952. He was then traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers for outfielder Andy Pafko. Hartsfield spent the next 19 years in the Dodgers organization as a minor league player and manager and major league coach. In the latter role, he worked under Los Angeles skipper Walter Alston for three seasons.

Playing career[edit]

Hartsfield played for the Boston Braves between 1950 and 1952.[1] In 265 career games,[2] he had a .273 batting average,[1] 13 home runs,[1] and 59 runs batted in[2] during his playing career.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hartsfield was a successful pilot at top levels of minor league baseball, with the Spokane Indians and the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

1977 season[edit]

In 1977, Hartsfield was hired as the first-ever manager of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays by the Jays' first general manager, Peter Bavasi, who had worked with him in the Dodger organization. Hartsfield was quoted in 1997 that "the guys I managed the year before in Hawaii (in the triple-A Pacific Coast League) were probably a better team."[1] Hartsfield led the Jays to a 54–107 record in the 1977 season.[1] Notable games from the season include a 9–5 win against the Chicago White Sox on opening day and a 19–3 win against eventual division champions New York Yankees.[1] The Jays finished the season 45.5 games behind the Yankees.[1]

1978 season[edit]

The Jays finished the season with a record of 59–103.[1] The Jays finished the season in last place.[1] The Jays defeated the White Sox 4–2 in front of a record crowd of 44,000.[1] The Jays finished second last in runs scored and earned run average.[1]

1979 season[edit]

He led the Jays to a record of 53–109.[1] Hartsfield was fired after the season after failing to get 60 wins in any of his three seasons as manager.[1] He compiled a record of 166–318 (.343) in 484 games,[3] and finishing last in the American League East Division each season. Unpopular with the Blue Jays players, and having lost over 100 games in each of his three years as manager, Hartsfield was let go at the conclusion of the 1979 season and replaced by Bobby Mattick. "This year, we should win 10 more games on attitude alone," enthused pitcher Mark Lemongello about the managerial change.[4] In fact, the Jays improved by 14 games that year. This would be Hartsfield's only managerial job in Major League Baseball.[1]

Later career[edit]

Hartsfield managed in the Chicago Cubs organization in 1981, starting the season with the Triple-A Iowa Oaks and finishing with the Double-A Midland Cubs. Both teams ended up with losing records, as did the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 1983, which was Hartsfield's final management job.

Managerial record[edit]

Team Season Record
W L Win %
Toronto Blue Jays 1977 54 107 .335
1978 59 102 .366
1979 53 109 .327
Total 166 318 .343
Reference: [1][3]


Hartsfield died from complications of liver cancer at his daughter's home in Ball Ground, Georgia, on January 15, 2011, aged 85.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Campbell, Morgan (January 19, 2011). "Remembering Roy Hartsfield". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Roy Hartsfield". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Roy Hartsfield". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Abel, Alan (12 March 1980). "'Messed up' Mark finds peace of mind". The Globe and Mail. p. 39. 

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