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Howard T. Sachs, Crown Cork and Seal manager

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Howard Thomas "Has" Sachs, a retired Crown Cork and Seal manager and a coach, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Feb. 24 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was 77 and lived in Pasadena.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Sidney Avenue in Westport, he was a 1953 graduate of Southern High School, where he earned varsity letters in baseball, football and basketball. Family said he played on the same team as Al Kaline, a Westport friend who went on to play for the Detroit Tigers and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Sachs played third base for the Westpoint Termites, Westport American Legion, Orchard Beach and Leone's Cafe baseball teams. He also played fast-pitch softball for the Lansdowne Inn and for Bucky's Sportmen's Bar. He played at Druid Hill, Swann and Carroll parks

Mr. Sachs served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1959 and then attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

After moving to Sunset Beach and later Pasadena, he was a baseball and basketball coach for the Lake Shore Youth Athletic Association and was its director.

Mr. Sachs joined Crown Cork and Seal Corp. on Eastern Avenue and became a regional account manager during his 39 years with the firm.

He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis.

He attended his children's and grandchildren's sports games. He was a Baltimore Colts, Ravens and Orioles fan. He played cards, fished and traveled to the Caribbean.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, 3204 Mountain Road in Pasadena.

Survivors include three sons, David Sachs and Steven Sachs, both of Pasadena, and Andrew Sachs of Bethany, W.Va.; a daughter, Tair Swepston of Arnold; two brothers, Raymond Sachs of Lansdowne and Robert Sachs of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Florence Ford of Westport; and three grandchildren. His wife of 35 years, the former Jean Pearman, died in 1999.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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