BALL GROUND, Ga. – Roy Hartsfield, the Toronto Blue Jays' manager for their first three seasons, has died. He was 85.
Bernhardt Funeral Home in Ellijay confirmed that Hartsfield died Saturday at his daughter's home in Ball Ground.
Hartsfield also played in the majors from 1950-52 for the Boston Braves. A second baseman, he finished with a .273 career batting average and 13 homers.
He then coached and managed, mostly in the minors, including 19 years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He was named the Blue Jays' manager when they joined the American League in 1977. Hartsfield was 166-318 in his three years managing Toronto.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at Ellijay First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.