#Shortstops: Wings of a Hall of Famer
Before he got his chance in the major leagues, Giles was an executive in the minor leagues. He was still in his twenties when started his executive career in 1919 as president of the Moline (Ill.) Plowboys of the Three I League. He later moved on to front office jobs with the St. Joseph Saints and the Syracuse Stars before landing the job as general manager of the Rochester Red Wings in 1928.
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The team was led that season by two managers who would later be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Bill McKechnie and Billy Southworth. The year before, McKechnie managed the Cardinals and Southworth managed the Red Wings. Before the start of the 1929 season, Cardinals owner Sam Breadon shook up both clubs by demoting McKechnie to manage Rochester and promoting Southworth to manage St. Louis. By July 23, however, the managers returned to their previous positions.
Giles continued as general manager of the Red Wings until he was hired as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds after the 1936 season, thus starting his career as a Major League executive.
Matthew Carter was a curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development