August Herrmann
August Herrmann newspaper photo.png
Herrmann c. 1914
Born(1859-05-03)May 3, 1859
DiedApril 25, 1931(1931-04-25) (aged 71)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation
Awards

August "Garry" Herrmann (May 3, 1859 – April 25, 1931) was an American political operative for Cincinnati political boss George B. Cox, an executive of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, and president of National Baseball Commission. In 1946, he was named in the Honor Rolls of Baseball.

Biography

Herrmann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 3, 1859, to a family of German descent.[1][2] He learned typesetting at a young age, and became a member of the International Typographical Union.[3] He then held various public positions in Cincinnati; as a member of the board of education (elected in 1882), assistant clerk of the police court (appointed in 1887), and a member of the board of administration (appointed in 1891).[3] In 1896, he was appointed to the board of commissioners of the Cincinnati waterworks, and was then selected as the board's chairman.[3]

The National Baseball Commission in 1909: Harry Pulliam (far left), Herrmann (middle left), Ban Johnson (middle right), and John E. Bruce (far right)
The National Baseball Commission in 1909: Harry Pulliam (far left), Herrmann (middle left), Ban Johnson (middle right), and John E. Bruce (far right)

Herrmann served as president of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League from 1902 to 1927,[3][4] and served as the president of National Baseball Commission from 1903 to 1920.[5] Herrmann essentially filled the role of Commissioner of Baseball before that position was officially established in 1920. With two other Commission members, he established the annual nature of the World Series by 1905.[4]

Outside of Cincinnati public positions and baseball, Herrmann served as the Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) in 1910,[6] and was president of the American Bowling Congress in 1908.[7]

Herrmann was married in 1881 and was predeceased by his wife; they had one daughter.[3] Although financially successful, Herrmann had a reputation as a lavish entertainer, supported by news that he left an estate of $10.[8] He died in Cincinnati on April 25, 1931, eight days before his 72nd birthday.[9][7]

In 1946, Herrmann was named in the Baseball Hall of Fame's Honor Rolls of Baseball, and on July 19, 2008, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

References

  1. ^ [1] "German Cincinnati by Don Heinrich Tolzmann: German American assistants Rudolph Hynicka and August Hermann"
  2. ^ [2] "Young August, a good Cincinnati German, worked for another good Cincinnati German..."
  3. ^ a b c d e "Garry Hermann Dies; Dominant In Baseball And Political Leader". The Cincinnati Enquirer. April 26, 1931. p. 26. Retrieved September 16, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "Father of the World Series, Was Name Given To Herrmann". The Cincinnati Enquirer. April 26, 1931. p. 26. Retrieved September 16, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "August Herrmann Resigns As Chairman Of The National Baseball Commission". The New York Times. January 9, 1920. p. 18. Retrieved 2010-02-13 – via nytimes.com.
  6. ^ "Grand Exalted Rulers". elks.org. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "'Garry' Herrmann's Long Career At End; Death Comes Quietly To Colorful Figure, Who Dominated In Baseball And Politics". The Cincinnati Enquirer. April 26, 1931. p. 1. Retrieved September 16, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Cook, William A. (2007). August 'Garry' Herrmann: A Baseball Biography. McFarland and Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0786430734.
  9. ^ "Reds Hall of Fame – Alumni Directory". MLB.com. Retrieved September 16, 2020.

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