Elmer "Lefty" Haas
 

 

 

ELMER CARL HAAS

Born: October 28, 1914
Place: Forest Park, Illinois
Died: December 14, 1967
Place: LaGrange, Illinois

Batted: Left
Threw: Left

Position:
Pitcher

Nickname: 
Lefty

Teams:
Hopkinsville Hoppers
Bowling Green Barons

Kitty League 
Hall of Fame

Inducted 
August 16, 2003

 


Elmer Haas was one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in Kitty League history. During his four-year career in the league, "Lefty" had three 20-win seasons and contributed to two pennant-winning clubs. He proved to his versatility as a starting pitcher, reliever, and a decent hitting utility player. His 80-25 career record ranks 2nd among pitchers in the circuit between 1935-1955. He was no slouch at the plate either with a .280 batting average in 625 career at-bats.

Haas tied the single-season win record with 25 victories for the second place Bowling Green Barons in 1939. His record was 12-10 halfway through the season before winning 10 straight decisions to reach the mark. He also led the circuit with 285 innings pitched and 27 complete games.

His baseball career ended prematurely at the age of 27 when he was diagnosed with infantile paralysis following the 1941 season.

Determined not to be an invalid the rest of his life, Haas learned to walk with a pronounced limp and became a house painter. "He loved baseball and football until the day he died," wrote his daughter, Arleen (Haas) Ireland.

 

 

 

Kitty League Pitching Statistics

YEAR CLUB ERA W L G CG IP ER H BB SO
1938 Paducah 3.26 20 18 41 19 287 104 259 137 282
1939 Union City 2.87 13 10 26 18 204 65 160 96 213
Total 2 seasons 3.10 33 18 67 37 491 169 419 233 495

 

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