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.
|Born: October 15, 1903|
Montclair, New Jersey
|Died: June 30, 1974 (aged 70)|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|August 15, 1925, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 1, 1938, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Runs batted in||496|
|Career highlights and awards|
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Haas attended Montclair High School and played for a local semi-pro team. after playing in the minor leagues, he 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. This was the last inside-the-park home run in World Series history until Alcides Escobar did so in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. 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.
- Schlager, Ken. "The Mule Who Could Run Like A Deer 80 years ago, a young outfielder from New Jersey helped Philadelphia win the World Series.", New Jersey Monthly, September 14, 2009. Accessed June 27, 2019. "Mule starred in baseball at Montclair High School and went on to play semi-pro baseball in Montclair for a team called the Clairmonts."
- Strauss, Robert (March 28, 2004). "Sometimes the Grave Is a Fine and Public Place". New York Times. 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 1950s.
- "Mule Haas of Philadelphia". New York Times. July 1, 1974. 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.