WALTER HAAS, JR., DIES AS HIS TEAM IS SET TO CHANGE HANDS
Published September 21, 1995
Walter Haas, Jr., the patriarch of the family that owned Levi Strauss & Co. and the Managing Partner of the A's since buying the team from Charlie Finley in '80, died yesterday of cancer at the age of 79. Haas, whose family has the sold the team as of November 1, was honored at the Oakland Coliseum Sunday even though he couldn't attend. His family was given a standing ovation and his name was installed on the outfield fence. A's star Mark McGwire called Haas the "nicest man who has ever been put on this earth." In San Francisco, columnist C.W. Nevius writes, "The death of Walter A. Haas yesterday leaves the world of sports one gentleman short, and there are no good prospects in the farm system. ... My guess is that [Hass] was the last of a breed, the beloved owner" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/21).