|Full name||Albert Ernst Victor Hartkopf|
28 December 1889|
Fitzroy North, Victoria
|Died||20 May 1968
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.
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- Cricinfo page on Albert Hartkopf
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- Brydon Coverdale, "Australia's Winter Allrounders: XI Test Cricketers who played Australian Rules football at the highest level", Cricinfo, 28 May 2007
- Albert Hartkopf's statistics from AFL Tables
- Albert Hartkopf at Cricket Archive