John T. Haar
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 186 lb.
John Haar is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Haar went 1 for 5 for the 1964 Magic Valley Cowboys. In 1966, he was in the New York Yankees system, batting .318/.470/.553 for the Johnson City Yankees; had he qualified, he would have led the Appalachian League in average. The outfielder split 1967 between the Greensboro Yankees (.186/.326/.301 in 58 games) and the Fort Lauderdale Yankees (.155/.309/.155 in 52 games). In '68, John was 3 for 15 for the Kinston Eagles to wrap up his US playing career with a .203 average.
Haar then became a coach and manager. He coached for Team Canada in the 1975 Intercontinental Cup and 1975 Pan American Games. He led Canada to the 1991 World Youth Championship, its only 20th Century title in baseball in a major international event. He also managed Canada's senior national team for 3 years, including in the 1987 Pan American Games. He was head coach of Canada's National Baseball Institute in 1986-1999, helping develop Matt Stairs, Rich Butler, Rob Butler, Paul Spoljaric, Corey Koskie, Aaron Guiel, Denis Boucher, Jason Dickson and Jeff Guiel.
In 2007, Haar was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.