Albert Hartkopf

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Albert Hartkopf
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Personal information
Full name Albert Ernst Victor Hartkopf
Born (1889-12-28)28 December 1889
Fitzroy North, Victoria
Died 20 May 1968(1968-05-20) (aged 78)
Kew, Victoria
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Legbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 41
Runs scored 80 1758
Batting average 40.00 34.47
100s/50s 0/1 2/12
Top score 80 126
Balls bowled 240 6494
Wickets 1 121
Bowling average 134.00 30.79
5 wickets in innings 0 7
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 1/120 8/105
Catches/stumpings 0/0 36/0
Source: [1]

Albert Ernst Victor Hartkopf (28 December 1889 – 20 May 1968) was an Australian sportsman who played Test cricket for Australia and Australian rules football for Melbourne University Football Club.

Born in North Fitzroy, Victoria to German migrants, Hartkopf attended Scotch College, Melbourne, attracting attention as a star schoolboy athlete. After graduating from Scotch, Hartkopf studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, where he represented University in the Victorian Football League, playing 48 games and kicking 87 goals.

In 1911, Hartkopf cemented his position as one of Australia's best all-round sportsmen by becoming the Victorian state 440 yards champion and making his first-class cricket debut for Victoria on 23 December 1911 against New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, scoring an unbeaten 42 and a duck and taking 2/20 with his leg break bowling. He was a regular member of Victoria's cricket side and University's football side until injury and then World War I restricted Hartkopf's sporting career. During World War I, Hartkopf worked first at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne and then at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Perth, Western Australia. There is no evidence to suggest his German background caused him problems during the war.

In 1919 Hartkopf returned to Melbourne, opening a medical practice in Northcote and returned to cricket, playing his first game for Victoria for six years, scoring 53 and 49 against New South Wales. In 1922/23 in a match for Victoria against the touring MCC he took 5 for 23 and 8 for 105, and scored 86 and 14 not out. In November 1924, an unbeaten half century for Victoria against the touring English side led to his selection, at age 35, in the Australian team for the second Test of the 1924/25 series against England at the MCG. Batting at number 8, Hartkopf scored 80 in Australia’s first innings but could only produce match figures of 1/134 and was dropped from the team.

Hartkopf continued to play for Victoria until the end of the 1927/28 season but never returned to the national side. He then concentrated on his medical practice.

Albert Hartkopf died in Kew, Victoria after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. His obituary was unusually not recorded in Wisden until 1994.

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