Warren Giles

Warren Giles
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1979
Primary team: Cincinnati Reds
Primary position: Executive

“Baseball must always keep pace with the times,” Warren Giles said upon retiring after 18 years as National League president. Although he respected tradition, Giles refused to be bound by old practices. Serving from 1952 to 1969, Giles oversaw one of the most significant and dynamic eras in league history. He addressed franchise relocation, expansion and the construction of new stadiums during his tenure. Giles began his 51-year baseball career in 1919 as a minor league club president, and ran the Cincinnati Reds from 1937 to 1952, a profitable tenure that included pennants in 1939 and 1940.

"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

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1979
Primary Team: Cincinnati Reds
Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Tiskilwa, Illinois
Birth year: 1896
Died: 1979, Cincinnati, Ohio