SAN FRANCISCO -- Tom Haller, a former San Francisco catcher
who went on to become the Giants' general manager, has died. He was
Haller died Friday in Los Angeles after being hospitalized
because of a viral infection in August, his son, Tom Haller Jr.,
"We lost not only a great player, but a great man who gave a
lot to the Giants and Baseball," said Peter Magowan, the Giants'
president and managing general partner.
Haller had a 12-year career in the major leagues, catching for
San Francisco, Los Angeles and Detroit. In a major league first,
Haller caught in Detroit in 1972 while his brother, Bill Haller,
umpired behind the plate.
The left-handed hitting catcher batted .257 in his 12 seasons
with 134 home runs and 504 RBIs. The highlight of his career was in
1962 when he homered and drove in three runs for the Giants in a
World Series game against the New York Yankees.
"I didn't fully understand and appreciate it until I was much
older," said Tom Haller Jr., 45, of his father's success as an
athlete. "I felt like a regular kid and I owe that to him as well.
He was probably just the most decent man I've ever known."
Haller was a coach with the Giants in 1978 and 1979 and served
as their general manager in 1981 to 1985.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two siblings. A
memorial service was planned for Friday in Palm Desert.