- C, LF, OF, RF, 1B
- June 23, 1937
- 6' 4"
- 195 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-11-1961 with SFN
A former quarterback at the Univeristy of Illinois, Tom Haller was a heralded catching prospect for the San Francisco Giants in the early 1960s. Carl Hubbell called him an "intellectual behind the plate," and predicted stardom. Haller ended up making three NL All-Star teams, but he never quite developed into the hitter the Giants had hoped for. He had nimble feet and was quick to jump out from behind the plate with his quarterback's arm. He set an NL record for catchers with 23 double plays in 1968. He retired after 12 seasons, with 134 homers to his credit.
"He knows his own pitchers' best pitch, has a good quick arm, gives the pitchers a good target, and handles popups extremely well in the Candlestick wind." Giant manager Alvin Dark
A left-handed pull-hitter, he slugged 27 homers, made the All-Star team, and slugged .461.
On May 31, 1964, Tom Haller caught every inning of a 23-inning game between his Giants and the New York Mets. Haller went 4-for-10 with a triple and an RBI.
Haller received a $54,000 signing bonus out of college... Haller batted .262 with 113 homers off right-handed pitchers in his career, and .231 with 21 homers vs. lefties (in 662 AB).
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