Roy Thomas Hartsfield (October 25, 1925 – January 15, 2011) Georgia native Roy Hartsfield was an outstanding three-sport star in high school. After serving in the US Navy in 1944 and 1945, the second baseman distinguished himself in the Boston Braves farm system. In 1950, he batted a respectable .277 as a Braves rookie. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Hartsfield played hard and had a knack for delivering a big hit or defensive gem. His MLB career ended in 1952, but in 1956 he got his first minor-league managerial job, which put him on the road to baseball history. Hartsfield managed a total of 19 seasons in the minors, interrupted by a stint as coach for the Dodgers, and a stint as the first-ever manager of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays. In his three seasons as Toronto’s manager, he compiled a 166–318 record. Hartsfield later scouted and was active in charities until his death at age 86 in 2011.