| Overall UK Wins: 30 | Overall UK Losses: 13 | Win % 69.7 |
Date of Birth: December 15, 1931
Date of Death: January 25, 1999
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Alma Mater: N/A
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|1/24/1966||Louisiana State at Kentucky||W||111 - 85||18||18||25||18||0||0||-||A.C. Lambert and Robert Hartsfield|
|12/28/1966||Cornell at Kentucky||L||77 - 92||19||17||23||22||2||0||-||Robert Hartsfield and Norm Van Arsdalen|
|1/5/1967||Vanderbilt at Kentucky||L||89 - 91 OT||23||19||19||30||1||2||-||Robert Hartsfield and A.C. Lambert|
|2/25/1967||Kentucky at Alabama||L||71 - 81||21||19||23||30||1||0||-||Ralph Stout and Robert Hartsfield|
|3/2/1970||Auburn at Kentucky||W||102 - 81||25||18||23||32||1||1||-||John McPherson and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/25/1971||Kentucky at Alabama||W||86 - 73||22||23||34||23||2||2||-||Robert Hartsfield and Harold Johnson|
|12/11/1971||Kentucky vs. Indiana||L||89 - 90 2 OT||15||18||21||20||1||2||-||George Strauthers and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/15/1972||Kentucky at Florida||L||70 - 72||19||18||25||26||1||0||-||Robert Hartsfield and James Long|
|3/9/1972||Kentucky at Tennessee||W||67 - 66||9||13||15||11||0||0||-||Ralph Stout and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/15/1973||Georgia at Kentucky||W||89 - 68||23||21||23||23||0||0||-||Joe Glowell and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/27/1973||Kentucky at Louisiana State||W||86 - 71||19||19||14||16||0||1||-||Bill Bennett and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/6/1975||Kentucky at Georgia||W||96 - 77||24||26||25||28||1||1||-||Robert Hartsfield and Ralph Stout|
|1/18/1975||Kentucky at Mississippi||W||85 - 82||18||18||18||16||0||0||None||Burrell Crowell and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/20/1975||Alabama at Kentucky||W||74 - 69||18||23||13||23||0||1||-||Burrell Crowell and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/5/1976||Kentucky at Alabama||L||63 - 76||24||14||13||35||0||0||-||Burrell Crowell and Robert Hartsfield|
|2/9/1976||Kentucky at Georgia||L||81 - 86||16||18||23||20||0||0||-||Robert Hartsfield and Bob Wortman|
|3/8/1976||Mississippi State at Kentucky||W||94 - 93 OT||21||23||20||21||1||1||Mike Phillips Flagrant foul (ejected)||Jack Manton and Robert Hartsfield|
|2/14/1977||Florida at Kentucky||W||104 - 78||23||22||30||32||0||0||Kentucky Bench, Jay Shidler, Rich Glasper||Dale Kelley and Robert Hartsfield|
|2/21/1977||Kentucky at Mississippi||W||81 - 69||15||20||25||8||0||1||None||Robert Hartsfield and Paul Galvan|
|1/14/1978||Louisiana State at Kentucky||W||96 - 76||23||31||39||26||0||4||-||Robert Hartsfield and Lou Moser|
|2/13/1978||Kentucky at Mississippi||W||64 - 52||23||24||23||18||0||0||-||Robert Hartsfield and Lou Moser|
|1/3/1979||Kentucky at Florida||L||65 - 76||21||18||17||19||0||1||None||Robert Hartsfield, Burrell Crowell and Lou Moser|
|1/20/1979||Tennessee at Kentucky||L||55 - 66||18||16||13||16||0||0||Tennessee bench||Ben Dunn, Robert Hartsfield and Jim McDaniel|
|2/5/1979||Kentucky at Mississippi||W||87 - 82||21||26||23||20||0||1||None||Robert Hartsfield, Hank Nichols and Wally Tanner|
|2/10/1979||Alabama at Kentucky||W||80 - 71||19||25||25||23||0||2||Coach Hall||Bob Wortman, Robert Hartsfield and Dick Pace|
|12/8/1979||Baylor at Kentucky||W||80 - 46||15||19||20||12||0||1||-||Dale Kelley, Robert Hartsfield and Reggie Copeland|
|1/23/1980||Kentucky at Mississippi State||W||89 - 67||18||18||16||18||0||0||None||Ken Lauderdale; Robert Hartsfield and Burrell Crowell|
|1/30/1980||Kentucky at Auburn||W||64 - 62||21||18||16||20||0||0||-||Don Rutledge; Robert Hartsfield and Tom Taylor|
|2/13/1980||Florida at Kentucky||W||95 - 70||21||23||28||22||0||1||None||Ben Dunn, Robert Hartsfield and Wally Tanner|
|11/29/1980||East Tennessee State at Kentucky||W||62 - 57||20||24||20||17||0||0||None||Larry Ware, Robert Hartsfield and Leonard Wirtz|
|1/7/1981||Kentucky at Auburn||W||79 - 66||16||23||25||11||0||1||-||Dale Kelley, Jim McDaniel and Robert Hartsfield|
|2/7/1981||Kentucky at Tennessee||L||71 - 87||25||19||23||32||2||0||None||Robert Hartsfield, Burrell Crowell and Larry Ware|
|2/21/1981||Vanderbilt at Kentucky||W||80 - 48||28||30||34||34||0||2||None||Don Rutledge, Charles Vacca and Robert Hartsfield|
|11/28/1981||Akron at Kentucky||W||83 - 64||19||20||25||18||0||0||Tom Heitz||Ormond Brown, Robert Hartsfield and Alan Finnegan|
|12/5/1981||Kentucky at Ohio State||W||78 - 62||18||21||23||19||0||1||Kentucky Coach Joe Hall||Rich Weiler, Eric Harmon and Robert Hartsfield|
|12/18/1981||Jacksonville at Kentucky||W||107 - 91||21||25||28||20||0||0||None||Ken Lauderdale, Dan Wooldridge and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/9/1982||Kentucky at Tennessee||L||66 - 70||19||15||14||17||0||0||None||Ken Lauderdale, Burrell Crowell and Robert Hartsfield|
|1/13/1982||Kentucky at Mississippi||L||65 - 67||28||20||20||26||1||0||None||Robert Hartsfield, Jerry Yarbrough and Wally Tanner|
|1/25/1982||Louisiana State at Kentucky||W||76 - 65||21||36||43||28||0||3||Kentucky bench, Jones||Lou Moser, Robert Hartsfield and Don Rutledge|
|2/24/1982||Mississippi State at Kentucky||W||71 - 54||14||18||22||9||0||2||None||Dale Kelley, Joe Farris and Robert Hartsfield|
|3/4/1982||Kentucky vs. Auburn||W||89 - 66||19||26||33||21||0||1||None||Don Rutledge, Robert Hartsfield and Ken Lauderdale|
|2/16/1985||Kentucky at Mississippi State||L||69 - 82||24||19||16||35||2||1||None||Reggie Copeland, Robert Hartsfield and Joe Forte|
|2/28/1985||Tennessee at Kentucky||W||92 - 67||22||23||26||22||0||1||None||Reggie Copeland, Robert Hartsfield and Ormond Brown|
Obituary - Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 25, 1999)
Hartsfield Succumbs to Kidney Failure by Kay Powell
Baseball was "Poochie" Hartsfield's life, and he spent his life in baseball.
When a knee injury took him off the playing field in 1963, Robert Milton Hartsfield, 67, of Woodstock became a baseball scout, reaching the top of his profession as scouting coordinator for the San Francisco Giants.
"He was one of those fortunate people able to spend his entire life doing what he loved most," said Billy Bowles of Sandy Springs, his friend since childhood.
"He rose to the very top of the profession, the very top, as coordinator of scouting for the Giants," he said. "That is one of the top jobs in baseball."
The memorial service for Mr. Hartsfield was held at Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church. He died Monday Jan. 25 of kidney failure at North Fulton Regional Hospital. The body was cremated. Woodstock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hartsfield grew up in Riverside, a baseball-playing neighborhood in Fulton County near Bolton Road. "The kids played on any vacant field from the time you take your heavy coat off in the spring until you put it on," said Mr. Bowles.
Former Chicago Cubs and Dodgers pitcher Ernest P. "Tiny" Osborne Sr. lived on the block, and nearby Whittier Mill had a terrific team in the Atlanta Textile League, he said. Many neighborhood boys went on to play AAA ball, and Larry Osborne played for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators.
Mr. Hartsfield played for West Fulton High School's baseball champions and joined a minor league team in Landis, N.C., the day he graduated.
An infielder, his tenacity defined him. "Poochie was a marginal talent who honed his talent," said Mr. Bowles, noting that at one time he batted barely .200. "He was a good baseball player but made himself better through determination."
He started pro ball at 16 . For the next 51 years, he played in every league from D to AAA and was a manager and scout.
Usually a second baseman, he played every position in the infield except first base. He played for the Atlanta Crackers and was with the Boston Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers for 11 years. Even his 1953-55 Army career was spent playing baseball at Fort McPherson.
"The commanding general loved baseball and made sure all the best players in the 3rd Army area got to Fort Mac," said Mr. Bowles. On that Army championship team, Mr. Hartsfield played with Wilmer "Vinegar Ben" Mizell, the Cardinals pitcher who became a North Carolina congressman; Taylor Phillips, who pitched for the Chicago Cubs; and Norm Siebern, a Yankees outfielder and teammate of Mickey Mantle.
He also refereed basketball for 25 years, including three NCAA tournaments.
Among the many players he signed were Deion Sanders for the Yankees and Bill Mueller and Russell Ortiz for the Giants.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hartsfield; two stepdaughters, Lisa Singleton of Rochester, N.Y., and Robyn Lenk of Geneva, N.Y.; a stepson, Dana Millard of Dunwoody; a brother, Roy Hartsfield of Ellijay; and two step-grandchildren.