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Paul Franklin Hartzell

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"Within a year I went from pitching at Taylor Stadium against Scranton in front of 30 people to starting against the Tigers in front of 51,000 people." - Paul Hartzell

Paul Hartzell pitched six seasons in the majors. About half of his appearances were as a starting pitcher. His ERA as a major league rookie was seventh in the 1976 American League.

Hartzell was born in Bloomsburg, PA, in east-central Pennsylvania. He attended Lehigh University, about 90 miles away, and as of 2009 is the last major leaguer to come out of Lehigh. He won Gold with Team USA in the 1974 Amateur World Series.

Paul was picked in the 10th round by the California Angels in 1975 and pitched just one year in the minors before coming to the majors. In 1975 with Quad Cities he had a 1.37 ERA, primarily as a reliever.

Hartzell made the team with the 1976 Angels, and went 7-4 with a 2.77 ERA in 37 appearances, of which 15 were starts. His manager at the start of the season was Dick Williams and fellow starters included Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana. Position players included Bobby Bonds and Tommy Davis.

Paul stayed with the Angels in 1977-78, with decent ERA's but losing records, and after the 1978 season he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in the deal that brought Rod Carew to the Angels. The Angels went on to win the division in 1979 while the 1979 Twins were a bit over .500. Paul, used mostly as a starter, had an off-year and was released before the 1980 season started.

He played briefly with the 1980 Orioles, but spent most of the season posting a 10-4 record for Rochester. In 1981 he went 3-9 for Vancouver.

In 1984 he pitched well in the minors and came back to the majors for four games with the 1984 Brewers.

Hartzell had earned a degree in engineering while at Lehigh and after baseball became an exec with Merrill Corp. in Palo Alto, CA.

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