Gary Herrmann - A King in Queen City
“If it had not been for the foresight and keen business sense of Garry Herrmann,” said former Yankees co-owner Tillinghast Houston, “there would be no such thing as the (World Series) as we know it today.”
The first organized World Series took place in 1905, with McGraw’s Giants prevailing and pitcher Christy Mathewson becoming a national star. From there, the annual season-end contest brought massive notoriety to the major leagues.
Meanwhile Herrmann himself was famous in Cincinnati for his gregarious nature. He was said to be fond of food, drink and laughter, and was known to treat visiting owners and sportswriters with sizable meals of German sausage, sauerkraut and beer. In 1912, Herrmann ordered the construction of a new ballpark that would become known as Crosley Field and serve as the Reds’ home until 1970. He was also believed to have taken out several loans in his name to keep the Redlegs afloat during the 1910s.