Charles Oscar Hartenstein (May 26, 1942 – October 2, 2021) was an American professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for five different teams between the 1966 and 1977 seasons. Listed at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 165 lb (75 kg), Hartenstein batted and threw right-handed. He was signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1964 out of the University of Texas at Austin. He played for them until 1968, before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates (1969–70), St. Louis Cardinals (1970), Boston Red Sox (1970) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977).
|Born: May 26, 1942|
|Died: October 2, 2021 (aged 79)|
|September 11, 1965, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 26, 1977, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Earned run average||4.52|
On June 17, 1965 Hartenstein had one of the most impressive pitching feats in Texas League history, in a game against the Austin Braves as the starter, the Spurs had a 1–0 lead going into the ninth inning when he gave up a tying run. The game continued that way with Hartenstein pitching 18 innings. He allowed only one run, eight hits, walked four and struck out seven. The game continued through the 25th inning with Austin winning 2–1. At the time it was the longest game in Texas League history.
Hartenstein entered the majors in 1965 with the Cubs, appearing in one game as a pinch runner. His most productive season came in 1967 while with Chicago, when he went 9–5 with a 3.08 ERA and 10 saves, all career-numbers. He also enjoyed a solid season with the 1969 Pirates, going 5–4 with a 3.85 ERA and 10 saves in a career-high 952⁄3 innings pitched.
In a six-season career, Hartenstein posted a 17–19 record with a 3.63 ERA and 23 saves in 187 relief appearances, including 88 games finished, a 1.52 strikeout-to-walk ratio (135-to-89), and 297 innings of work.
After six years of absence pitching in the minors, he played in his last major league season with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977.
His nickname while with the Blue Jays was "Olde Frankenstein".
Following his playing career, Hartenstein coached for the Cleveland Indians (1979) and Milwaukee Brewers (1987–89). After he was fired by the Brewers, Hartenstein was hired to be a scout for the California Angels.
In 2004, Hartenstein was inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor.
Hartenstein died on October 2, 2021.
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