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George William (Mule) Haas (October 15, 1903 - June 30, 1974) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1925 through 1938, Haas played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1925), Philadelphia Athletics (1928-32, 1938) and Chicago White Sox (1933-37). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

In a 12-season career, Haas posted a .292 batting average with 43 home runs and 496 RBI in 1168 games.

A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Haas broke into the majors in 1925, appearing in four games with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1928 he joined the Philadelphia Athletics and was part of two World Championship teams in 1929 and 1930, and one American League champion team in 1931.

Haas enjoyed his finest moment in the 1929 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. In Game Four at Philadelphia, as the Athletics trailed 8–0 in the seventh inning, Haas hit a three-run inside-the-park home run as the Athletics rallied by scoring 10 runs in the inning to win, 10–8. Two days later, in what was to be the final game of the Series, Haas hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score, 2–2, as the Athletics later won the game on Bing Miller's RBI-double.

Philadelphia owner-manager Connie Mack began to dismantle the team in 1932 because of financial problems, and Haas was sent to the Chicago White Sox along with Al Simmons and Jimmy Dykes for an estimated $100,000. After five seasons in Chicago, Haas ended his career back in Philaldelphia in 1938.

Haas died in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 30, 1974, at age of 70. He was buried in the Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair [1][2]

References

  1. ^ "Sometimes the Grave Is a Fine and Public Place". New York Times. March 28, 2004. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DEFD71230F93BA15750C0A9629C8B63. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "Some New Jersey cemeteries almost seem to specialize. At Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Upper Montclair are the graves of four star athletes. Angelo Bertelli, the Notre Dame quarterback who won the 1943 Heisman Trophy, is there. So is Mule Haas, who played outfield in three consecutive World Series for the Philadelphia Athletics. Big Ed Reulbach, who pitched in the Chicago Cubs' last World Series victory in 1908, is there, too, as is Bob Hooper, who pitched for three major league teams in the 1950's."  
  2. ^ "Mule Haas of Philadelphia". New York Times. July 1, 1974. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/deaths/mule_haas_obituary.shtml. Retrieved 2008-07-11. "George William (Mule) Haas, an 11 year veteran of the major leagues and a hero of the Philadelphia Athletics' World Series success in 1929, died last Sunday night in New Orleans while visiting his son, George Jr."  

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