Thomas Frank Haller
Born: June 23, 1937 in Lockport, Illinois
Died: Nov. 26, 2004 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Debut: 1961 | Pos: C
H: 6'4" | W: 195 | B: L | T: R
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Tom Haller, a former major league catcher and general manager for the Giants, died on Nov. 26, 2004 in Los Angeles after battling a viral infection. He was 67.
Haller, who spent 12 seasons in the major leagues as a player, hit .257 in his career with 134 home runs and 504 RBI.
Haller, who hit left-handed, was the younger brother of American League umpire Bill Haller. Tom had also been a quarterback for the University of Illinois before singing with the Giants in 1958 for $54,000.
He made his major league debut in 1961 with the Giants and spent 1962 and 1963 in the majors in a platoon with catcher Ed Bailey.
He opened some eyes in 1962 when he hit .261 with 18 home runs and 55 RBI in 272 at-bats. The Giants played the Yankees in the 1962 World Series and Haller collected four hits in 14 at-bats with a home run and 3 RBI in the losing effort.
From 1962 until 1967, Haller averaged 17.5 home runs and 52 RBI including career highs of 27 home runs and 67 RBI in 1966. He was named to the All-Star team from 1966 to 1968.
In February 1968, the Giants traded Haller, along with a minor league player, to the Dodgers for Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver. He had two of his best hitting seasons with the Dodgers included .285 in 1968 and .286 in 1970.
He was traded to the Tigers in December 1971 for a player to be named later and cash.
He played in 59 games with the Tigers in 1972, but after hitting just .207 in 25 at-bats, his major league career was over.
He worked with the Giants in 1978 and 1979 as a coach and then served as the team's VP of baseball operations from 1981 until September 1986.