UIC Mourns The Loss Of Former Baseball Coach Arnie Hartoch

Nov. 27, 2000

Chicago, Ill. - A lifelong professor and coach, Arnold "Arnie" J. Hartoch devoted his life to teaching and guiding his students.

The 85-year old former German professor, Assistant Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Baseball at the University of Illinois at Chicago died Friday evening, Nov. 24, at the Meadowbrook Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Naperville, Ill.

"Arnie's first love was teaching and he always put the students first in his life," UIC Athletic Director Jim Schmidt remarked. "A close second was baseball, which is evident by his over 50 years of coaching with UIC and the Chicago Stars. The relationships he forged with his players was special. They were all part of his family."

Hartoch, a World War II veteran who earned his Ph.D. in German Language and Literature at Northwestern University in 1952, was associated with UIC since it first started back in 1947 at UIC's Navy Pier campus. Over the next 53 years, he would serve the university as an associate professor of German from 1946-1985 and as an assistant baseball coach and assistant athletic director for the Flames from 1985-present.

During his tenure with the baseball program, Hartoch was a part of many memorable seasons, including a 25-1 record and Chicagoland College Championship in 1953. More recently, he was in the dugout for the Flames' back-to-back 33 win seasons in 1989 and 1990, and helped coach UIC to a Mid-Continent Conference regular season title in 1990 and two Mid-Con tournament championships in 1990 and 1993.

In addition to his accomplishments at UIC, Hartoch was a baseball pioneer in Chicago. In 1936, he founded the Chicago Stars, which he would organize and manage into one of the most successful semiprofessional baseball teams in the area. He was also, at the same time, directing an American Legion Team as a farm club.

Hartoch is survived by his sister-in-law Phyllis and his nephew Ira.

There will be a visitation at Drake & Son Funeral Home at 5303 N. Western Avenue in Chicago on Tuesday, November 28, at 10:00 a.m. Service will follow at 1:00 p.m.