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 and Nate
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.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 8, 1962: Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller power San Francisco to a World Series-tying win 7–3. Haller's 2-run home run puts the Giants in front, and Hiller's surprising grand slam is the margin of victory.
»September 27, 1965: Tom Haller clouts two home runs to give the Giants an 8–4 win over the Cards. The Dodgers keep pace by defeating the Reds 6–1.