The lefthanded hitter shuttled among second base, third base, shortstop, and outfield each season. His 595 at-bats for the Browns led the AL in 1909, and his 91 RBI for New York in 1911 were the most by a player in the Yankees' first 13 years. (FS)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 12, 1911:
Yankee third baseman Roy Hartzell, acquired from the Browns in January for Jimmy Austin and Frank LaPorte, has a career day as the cleanup hitter. He hits a 3-run double and another double in one inning, then piles on a sacrifice fly and grand slam, to drive in eight runs. It is an AL record until Jimmie Foxx's nine RBI in a game in 1933. New York defeats the Browns, 12–2.
»April 14, 1914:
Before 22,000 at the Polo Grounds, the Yankees rock the World Champion Athletics, 8–2, driving Joe Bush from the mound after two innings. With only one starter, Roy Hartzell, back from last year's opening lineup, New York scores four in the first and would have scored another in the 2nd inning but Jeff Sweeney falls rounding 3B. When the burly catcher is helped to his feet by coach and manager Frank Chance, he is declared out by Billy Evans: a new rule prohibits coaches from helping runners. Sweeney redeems himself when he and pitcher Marty McHale pull off a double steal. New York has seven steals, including two by Sweeney and Fritz Maisel, who steals 2B and 3B in the 4th inning. Maisel will swipe 74 bases on the year, while Sweeney will pick up 19, tops for Yankee catchers.