Sunday, March 19, 2023

1981 Topps Moose Haas


The front: Pretty standard photo of a pitcher at spring training.

The back: Haas's father taught him to be a locksmith, in case he needed a backup career. The amateur magician bit was something he did occasionally on the side, but did not heavily publicize. Both of these tidbits are also on his 1987 Topps card, which also mentioned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do which he had not yet achieved in 1981.

The player: Haas was a starter for the Brewers and A's from 1976 to 1988. His best season was 1983, when he went 13-3, leading the AL with an .813 winning percentage. Overall in 266 games he went 100-83 with a 4.01 ERA, an impressive performance given his low strikeout totals, even for the era (853 in 1,655 innings).

The man: Despite his eclectic hobbies, Haas kept a very low profile during his career. Since his retirement he has raised thoroughbred horses, become a certified strength and conditioning coach, and is a regular at Brewers fantasy camps.

My collection: I have 32 of his cards, from 1978 to 1988. I would be interested in trading for 1985 Gardner's Bakery Brewers #8.

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