After a career at quarterback for the University of Illinois, the 6'4" Haller signed
with the Giants in 1958. In their pennant-winning 1962 season, he hit 18 HR as a
platoon catcher. He was San Francisco's first-string receiver in the years 1964-67,
and hit 27 HR in 1966. He went to the Dodgers in a 1968 trade for Ron Hunt
Oliver, the first trade between the two clubs since 1956. In a ML first, on July
14, 1972, Tom was the Tiger catcher while his brother, Bill, umpired behind the plate.
The durable Haller caught all 23 innings of a May 31, 1964 Mets-Giants game, and
set the NL record for most double plays by a catcher in a season (23, in 1968). After
serving as a Giant coach from 1977 to 1979, he was their vice president of baseball
operations from mid-1981 until September 1986.