Garry Herrmann

Herrmann was president of the Cincinnati Reds from 1902 until illness forced his retirement in 1927. He began as a printer’s devil and acquired the nickname “Garibaldi,” later shortened to “Garry,” but rose to a position of prominence through Cincinnati ward politics. In addition to his duties as Reds president, Herrmann served as president of the National Commission, the governing body of major league baseball, from its creation in 1903 until 1920. Sometimes called “The Father of the World Series,” he was influential in reestablishing the event in 1905 after the Giants had refused to participate in 1904.