Clint Hartung

Hartung is a baseball metaphor for a player with apparently unlimited talent who is never able to harness it. The 6’5″, 210-lb Hondo, Texas, native joined the Giants with a fabulous record as a pitcher and hitter while on WWII service teams against ML-caliber competition. Contemporary cynics said he should “not bother playing, just get ready for the Hall of Fame,” and he struggled for six unproductive seasons. He lacked the control to be an effective pitcher, and he struck out too much to play regularly.