Charles “Chuck” Hartenstein Jr.

Long before football took center stage in Texas, baseball reigned supreme and was seen as America’s national pastime sport — and that was all the more true in Seguin in the 1960s.

In 1960, Seguin High School competed in the AAA state baseball tournament in Austin, and leading the Mats on the hill was star pitcher Charles “Chuck” Hartenstein Jr. The unanimous All-State ace helped Seguin capture a state championship his senior year after striking out 21 batters in 14 innings, according to ripbaseball.com . He didn’t allow a single run over his last 12 innings pitched as the Matadors defeated Kilgore 3-1. Against Snyder in the title game, Hartenstein threw a 3-0 no-hitter — and was only one out away from a perfect game.

Sye Bennefield Jr. is a sports reporter/staff writer for the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail him at sye.bennefield@seguingazette.com or at sports@seguingazette.com .

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