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Larry Haney was a backup catcher for most of his 12-year major league career. Although he was only briefly in one World Series (in 1974), he was often on good teams.

He broke in with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, the year they won the World Series, although he did not appear in the Series. Andy Etchebarren was the starting catcher during Haney's three years with the Orioles, 1966 to 1968, and in 1966 and 1967 Vic Roznovsky was the other backup catcher. In 1968, when Haney hit .236, Etchebarren hit .233 and the team as a whole hit .225.

The Seattle Pilots picked him in the expansion draft, and he spent not quite half a season as an original Seattle Pilot in 1969 before being traded to the Oakland Athletics. He appeared with the Athletics in games in 1969 and 1970 and from 1972 to 1976, but he was also purchased a couple of times by other teams in that period (eventually being sold back to the Athletics each time), and appeared in two games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. The Athletics won their division each year from 1971 to 1975, but Haney's only appearance in the post-season was in 1974. He finished out his career with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1977 and 1978.

After his playing career ended, Haney was a Brewers coach for over a decade. He then became a senior special assistant to the general manager of the Brewers. His son, Chris Haney, also played in the major leagues. His brother George Haney was a pitcher in the New York Yankees system from 1959 to 1963.

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