George Edwin Haas (born May 26, 1935, at Paducah, Kentucky) is a former outfielder, coach, manager and scout in American Major League Baseball. Haas spent many years as a skipper in the farm system of the Atlanta Braves and replaced Joe Torre as Atlanta's manager after the 1984 season. His 1985 Braves squad went 50–71 (.413) and he was fired August 26 and succeeded by interim pilot Bobby Wine.
In his playing days, the 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 178 lb (81 kg) Haas was an outfielder who batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He graduated from St. John High School in Paducah and signed his first professional contract with the Chicago Cubs. He made the Majors with the Cubs in 1957 and was traded to the Milwaukee Braves in the offseason. His MLB career consisted of 55 games (1957–1958; 1960) with those two clubs, batting .243 with one home run. A broken ankle cost him the entire 1959 season.
He remained with the Braves after his minor league playing career ended, managing and coaching in the minor leagues (1965–1973; 1978–1984), and serving as a Major League coach (1974–1977). After his brief MLB managerial career, he served as a special assignment scout for the Montreal Expos (1986–1994) and Boston Red Sox (1995–2003).
He comes from a baseball family: his brother, Louis, was an infielder in the Braves' organization from 1959–1962; two sons, Matt and Danny, are former minor league players who currently scout for the Baltimore Orioles; cousins Phil and Gene Roof are former Major League players and coaches and longtime minor league managers; and another cousin, Paul Roof, pitched in the minor leagues.
By Dean Hanley
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