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HAAS FAMILY LOOKS TO "PASS THE BATON" WITH SALE OF THE A'S
Published September 8, 1995
"In an industry of butchered promises and renegotiated contracts and pitchers flipping fingers at fans, the Haases, like Ripken, seem to represent the last noble vestiges of a game gone bad. They used sports the way it should be used: as a tool for empowering and enriching," writes Joan Ryan in today's SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE column. Ryan notes that in a recent conversation with A's President Wally Haas, he said his father's illness was "weighing" on him and the family was ready to "pass the baton" with the A's. Haas: "I don't want to make more of it than it is, because baseball is not curing anything. It's not stopping crime. But, right or wrong, it's a powerful presence, and I feel there is no ceiling to what you can do within a community with a sports franchise" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 9/8).