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Walter A. Haas, Jr. Character Analysis

The owner of the Oakland A’s from 1980 until his death in 1995, after which his family sold the team to new ownership. Haas ran the team in almost a philanthropic way, not worrying about losing money. Under his ownership the A’s made it to the World Series three years in a row (1988 – 1990), winning in 1989.

Walter A. Haas, Jr. Quotes in Moneyball

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Chapter 3 Quotes

Since the late 1970s the A’s had been owned by Walter A. Haas, Jr., who was, by instinct, more of a philanthropist than a businessman. Haas viewed professional baseball ownership as a kind of public trust and spent money on it accordingly. In 1991, the Oakland A’s actually had the highest payroll in all of baseball. Haas was willing to lose millions to field a competitive team that would do Oakland proud, and he did. The A’s had gone to the World Series three straight seasons from 1988 to 1990.
Deferring to success became an untenable strategy in 1995.

Related Characters: Walter A. Haas, Jr.
Page Number: 57
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Walter A. Haas, Jr. Character Timeline in Moneyball

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Chapter 3: The Enlightenment
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...through a series of major changes. Since the 70s, the team had been owned by Walter A. Haas , a wealthy philanthropist who believed that it was his job to “do Oakland proud”... (full context)