Fred Hartman

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Frederick Orrin Hartman

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Fred "Dutch" Hartman was the starting third baseman for the Chicago White Sox of the new American League in 1901. The team finished in first place, although there was no World Series because it was before the Fall Classic was instituted. Hartman was one of the best hitters on the team with a .309 batting average and 13 triples.

Hartman was born in Allegheny, PA and played minor league ball for several years before having his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1894. He played his first major league game in late July that year, and later that season catcher Connie Mack started his long managing career by taking over the reins of the Pirates from prior manager Al Buckenberger.

Dutch hit .319 on a Pirates team that hit .312 but wasn't with the team the following season. Instead, he played in the Western League in 1895 and 1896. In 1897 Connie Mack became the manager of the Milwaukee team; Mack traded Hartman to the majors where he became a regular, hitting .306 for the St. Louis Browns in 1897, a team which hit .275 overall.

After the 1897 season, he was traded to the New York Giants, for whom he played in 1898 under managers Bill Joyce and Cap Anson. He came back in 1899 but slumped at the bat, and spent some of the season at Bridgeport.

In 1900 he played in the new minor league called the American League (in fact, it was the old Western League under a different name), and then when it proclaimed itself a major league in 1901 he stayed with the Chicago team as it won the first pennant.

In his last major league season, back in the National League, he was the starting third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1902. At age 34 he was one of the oldest players on the team. After that he played for several more years in the minors.

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