Herrmann was president of the Cincinnati Reds from 1902 until illness forced his
retirement in 1927. He began as a printer's devil and acquired the nickname "Garibaldi,"
later shortened to "Garry," but rose to a position of prominence through Cincinnati
ward politics. In addition to his duties as Reds president, Herrmann served as president
of the National Commission, the governing body of major >
from its creation in 1903 until 1920. Sometimes called "The Father of the World Series,"
he was influential in(>-h)h)h)reestablishing the event in 1905 after the Giants had
refused to participate in 1904.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 25, 1910: Reds president Garry Herrmann bans the sale of beer and liquor at the Cincinnati park.
»February 5, 1919: Charges brought in 1918 by Reds owner Garry Herrmann and manager Christy Mathewson against Hal Chase for betting against his team and throwing games in collusion with gamblers are dismissed by National League president John Heydler. Heydler decides Chase's sometimes indifferent play was due to "carelessness." Two weeks later John McGraw trades 1B Walter Holke and C Bill Rariden to the Reds for Chase, but the Giants will also have their problems with him. In September, McGraw will send Chase and Heinie Zimmerman home without explanation; during the investigation of the Black Sox scandal in 1920, McGraw will testify that the dismissal was because both players had thrown games and tried to enlist Fred Toney and Benny Kauff in their scheme.
»February 12, 1920:
In a defeat for American League president Johnson, Carl Mays is reinstated, and the Yankees' 3rd place finish is recognized. Furthermore, a two man committee is appointed to review all fines over $100 and suspensions of more than 10 days. Dissatisfaction with the National Commission system comes to a head. The National League votes 6–2 for a one-man commission; the AL votes 6–2 for the status quo. Chairman Garry Herrmann resigns, stating his belief that no club owner should serve on the governing board. When the two leagues cannot agree on a chairman, it is left to the league presidents to decide disputes.