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Roy Thomas Hartsfield
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Second baseman Roy Hartsfield played parts of three years in the majors and later was the first manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hartsfield began his baseball career with the Atlanta Crackers in 1943 before serving in the U.S. Navy through 1945. Following World War II, he returned to baseball, and he was drafted by the Boston Braves after the 1948 season. He hit .317 with 12 home runs and 86 RBIs for the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association in 1949. He reached the majors with the Braves in 1950 and was a regular at second base for two and a half seasons. After being sent back to the minors during the 1952 campaign, he was dealt to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Andy Pafko early the next year.

Hartsfield started his managerial career in the Dodgers chain, taking over as player-manager of the St. Paul Saints in 1956 and serving in the same capacity for the Des Moines Bruins in 1958. He stayed in the minors through 1968, and moved up to the big leagues as a Dodgers coach from 1969 to 1972. He was a member of the Atlanta Braves staff in 1973, until he moved back to the minors on May 21st, taking over the San Diego Padres' Hawaii Islanders farm team. He stayed with the Islanders until becoming the first manager in Toronto Blue Jays history prior to the 1977 season. In three years at the helm of the Jays, the team went 166-318, and they finished in seventh place in each season. In 1981, he managed in the minors for the Chicago Cubs for two teams, and he spent one year at AAA for the Cincinnati Reds in 1983. Overall, he was 1373-1451 in 18 years as a skipper in the bushes.

He died from complications of liver cancer at age 85. Hartsfield was the brother of longtime scout Bob Hartsfield.


Preceded by
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Toronto Blue Jays Manager
1977-1979
Succeeded by
Bobby Mattick

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1956 St. Paul Saints American Association 9-12 5th Brooklyn Dodgers replaced Max Macon (66-66) on August 31
1958 Des Moines Bruins Western League 61-83 8th Los Angeles Dodgers
1959 Odessa Dodgers Sophomore League 54-69 6th Los Angeles Dodgers
1960 Panama City Fliers Alabama-Florida League 74-44 1st Los Angeles Dodgers Lost in 1st Round
1961 Greenville Spinners South Atlantic League 72-66 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers
1962 Greenville Spinners South Atlantic League 65-75 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1963 St. Petersburg Saints Florida State League 64-57 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers
1964 St. Petersburg Saints Florida State League 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs replaced by Norval Rasmussen from May 15 to May 20
1965 Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League 77-63 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1966 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 75-73 7th Los Angeles Dodgers
1967 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 80-68 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1968 Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League 85-60 2nd Los Angeles Dodgers Lost League Finals
1973 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 55-52 5th San Diego Padres replaced Warren Hacker (2-3)
1974 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 67-77 6th San Diego Padres
1975 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 88-56 1st San Diego Padres League Champs
1976 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League 77-68 2nd San Diego Padres League Champs
1977 Toronto Blue Jays American League 54-107 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1978 Toronto Blue Jays American League 59-102 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1979 Toronto Blue Jays American League 53-109 7th Toronto Blue Jays
1981 Midland Cubs Texas League 17-32 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by George Enright (45-41)
1981 Iowa Oaks American Association 40-51 8th Chicago Cubs replaced Randy Hundley (13-31)
1983 Indianapolis Indians American Association 64-72 3rd Cincinnati Reds

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