Berthold John Haas
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut September 9, 1937
- Final Game August 26, 1951
- Born February 8, 1914 in Naperville, IL USA
- Died June 23, 1999 in Tampa, FL USA
The Brooklyn Dodgers signed him in 1936. He played that year with the Beatrice Blues of the Nebraska State League, leading the league in hits. He had a good cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1937, hitting .400 in 16 games. In 1938, he appeared with them in only one game.
He came back to the majors in 1942 at age 28 as a regular with the Cincinnati Reds in wartime, hitting .239. The team average was .231. Playing third base, he was second on the team in RBI, behind Frank McCormick. The following year, 1943, he hit .262 on a team that hit .256 and finished 2nd in the National League. McCormick had the highest batting average on the team.
Haas entered the Army in September 1943 and was discharged in December 1945. He came back in 1946 and 1947 for two more years as a regular with the Reds. In 1946, he played first base, hitting .264 on a team that hit .239. He led the team in runs scored, and was second on the team in RBI behind Grady Hatton. In 1947, he played more outfield than first base, hitting .286 on a team that hit .259. His batting average was second on the team behind Augie Galan.
Haas was a key participant in an unusual play in April 1948 against the Boston Braves. Haas was playing third base, and there were runners on first and third. The batter struck out, but the ball got away from the catcher. The runner on third was out trying to score, and afterwards the alert Haas threw the ball to first to get the batter out, since he had not run to first. It's rare for a batter, who has struck out, to be thrown out at first, not by the catcher, but by the third baseman who is completing a double play.
After the 1950 season, when Bert did not play in the majors, the Giants traded him to the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. In June of 1951, the Chicago White Sox bought him from Oakland, and he spent two months with them, hitting under .200. At age 37, he was one of the oldest players in the league. He hit a home run in his final time at bat. He also played 13 games with Montreal in 1951.
Lifetime, he appeared in 721 major league games from 1937 to 1951, playing 311 games at first base, 241 games at third base, and 97 games in the outfield.
Haas managed the Albany Senators in 1955 and the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms in 1956. He began the 1957 seasons managing the Clovis Redlegs but the team disbanded on June 16th and he finished the season as the manager of the Wenatchee Chiefs, with the team winning the Northwestern League title that year. He returned to Wenatchee the following year and managed the team to a second-place finish. He managed the Monterrey Sultans in the Mexican League in 1961 and then finished his minor league managerial career as the manager of the Lakeland Giants during the first part of the 1962 season, until he was replaced by Max Lanier.
- NL All-Star (1947)