Warren Giles

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Warren Crandall Giles

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1979

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Warren Giles started out as a general contractor after serving in the Army, making first lieutenant in infantry during World War I. Living in Moline, IL, he attended a meeting aimed at saving the near-bankrupt Moline Plowboys in November 1919 and spoke so eloquently that he was elected team president. He moved on to the St. Joseph Saints from 1923 to 1925. Branch Rickey then hired Giles to be president of the Syracuse Stars in 1926-1927, then Rochester Red Wings until 1936.

Giles was General Manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1936 to 1951 and National League president from 1951 to 1969. He is also the father of Philadelphia Phillies owner Bill Giles.


  • "The easiest way to kill interest in baseball is is to make it fancy, a dressy sport. Baseball prospers in an atmosphere of relaxation, a picnic type of background." Warren Giles.

Preceded by
Larry MacPhail
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
Succeeded by
Gabe Paul

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