|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» July 30, 1936:
At the funeral of Charles Knapp, president of the Baltimore Orioles as well as the International League, Warren Giles is named interim league president. Giles is the president of the Rochester Red Wings. With Knapp's death, Mrs. Jack Dunn, majority owner of the Orioles, assumes the role of team president. |
» April 12, 1951: Cincinnati President Warren Giles proposes Gen. Douglas MacArthur, recently deposed commander of UN forces in Korea, as the new commissioner.
» September 20, 1951: The owners elect National League President Ford Frick as the 3rd commissioner of baseball for a 7-year term at $65,000 per annum. Warren Giles withdraws on a vote deadlock to open the way for Frick, who has been NL prexy since 1934.
» May 25, 1953: Russ Meyer of the Dodgers is fined $100 and suspended three days for obscene gestures and abusive language picked up by TV close-ups. National League President Warren Giles and Commissioner Ford Frick oppose dugout shots by TV cameras.
» September 22, 1954: In the top of the 9th, the Redlegs have runners on 1B and 2B when Bob Borkowski strikes out on a WP. Braves C Del Crandall retrieves the ball and throws to 3B to catch the lead runner. Borkowski takes off for 1B illegally, since 1B is already occupied and there are less than 2 outs. He draws a throw, which hits him in the back and rolls into RF, and he and the runner on 2B score. The umpires decide that Borkowski and the 2B runner are both out. Milwaukee wins 3-1 and the Reds protest. Because the standings of 5 teams are affected by the outcome, Warren Giles will uphold the protest, even though he believes the umpires made the correct decision. The protested game will be played in 2 days and the Braves will hang on to win 4-3.
» June 16, 1956: NL President Warren Giles states that bigger players, not livelier balls, account for the present-day hitting feats.
» September 24, 1956: NL President Warren Giles waives the 12:50 a.m. curfew for games that may affect the outcome of the pennant race. Brooklyn wins the postponed game, but loses the regular game to Pittsburgh 6-5.
» June 29, 1957: NL President Warren Giles proposes that fan All-Star voting be limited to those actually attending a game.
» October 2, 1957: NL President Warren Giles says that the 1958 schedule has no provision in it for a New York team.
» July 7, 1958: NL President Warren Giles appoints a committee to study the possible expansion of the league to 10 teams.
» December 2, 1958: National League President Warren Giles says he doubts New York City will get a franchise for several years. He says the NL will reject expansion now, even if assured of a stadium and financial backing.
» May 27, 1959: League President Warren Giles rules that the final score of the Harvey Haddix perfect game should be amended to 1–0, since both runners Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock were ruled out—Aaron for leaving the field, and Adcock for passing him in the basepath. Adcock is credited with a double and not a home run.
» September 26, 1959: At St. Louis, Sam Jones pitches a 7-inning no-hitter, but NL President Warren Giles will rule it unofficial after rain wipes out the last 2 innings. But Jones gets credit for his 21st win 4-0 and Willie Mays and Willie McCovey HRs account for the runs.
» August 8, 1968: Jarry Park is grudgingly approved by Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau for interim use by the Expos. Montreal officials tell National League President Warren Giles that a new stadium will be ready by 1972.
» August 18, 1968: In the opener of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field, umpire Chris Pelekoudas calls three illegal pitches on Cubs P Phil Regan, twice allowing a retired batter to hit again. Pete Rose singles after a called 3rd strike. Pelekoudas can't find any evidence on Regan and bases his calls on "the flight of the ball." The Cubs, who lose both games, 2–1 and 6–3, protest the ump's calls. The next day Warren Giles meets with Cubs' officials and orders Pelekoudas to apologize to the church-going Regan, whom he calls a "fine Christian gentleman." However, at the ML winter meetings, the Rules Committee will further amend the spitball rule to allow an ump to call an illegal pitch based on the flight of the ball.