August "Garry" Herrmann: A Baseball Biography

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August Garry Herrmann entered the murky waters of 19th century machine politics in Cincinnati, serving as a trusted lieutenant to one of the most powerful political bosses in the country, George B. Cox. Herrmann, a gifted man who introduced modern management principles to municipal government and oversaw the committee that built Cincinnati's modern water works system, eventually did for baseball what he did for his home town, guiding it into a new century.

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About the Book August Garry Herrmann entered the murky waters of 19th century machine politics in Cincinnati, serving as a trusted lieutenant to one of the most powerful ... political bosses in the country, George B. Cox. Herrmann, a gifted man who introduced modern management principles to municipal government and oversaw the committee that built Cincinnati’s modern water works system, eventually did for baseball what he did for his home town, guiding it into a new century. Along with George B. Cox and Cincinnati mayor Julius Fleischmann, Herrmann bought the Cincinnati Reds from John T. Brush in 1902. By 1903 he had chaired the peace conference between the leagues that ushered in the modern game. With the leagues united, Herrmann was selected to head up the National Commission, a three-person ruling body that governed major league baseball in the years before the commissionership. Read more Show Less

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August Garry Herrmann entered the murky waters of 19th century machine politics in Cincinnati, serving as a trusted lieutenant to one of the most powerful political bosses in the country, George B. Cox. Herrmann, a gifted man who introduced modern management principles to municipal government and oversaw the committee that built Cincinnati's modern water works system, eventually did for baseball what he did for his home town, guiding it into a new century.

Along with George B. Cox and Cincinnati mayor Julius Fleischmann, Herrmann bought the Cincinnati Reds from John T. Brush in 1902. By 1903 he had chaired the peace conference between the leagues that ushered in the modern game. With the leagues united, Herrmann was selected to head up the National Commission, a three-person ruling body that governed major league baseball in the years before the commissionership.

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Editorial Reviews

Sports Collectors Digest
"a monumental and comprehensive biography...a detailed history...important"
Nine
"Cook does a good job of tapping into the source of Herrmann's success in both city politics and baseball governance...presents a balanced picture of his subject"
The Inside Game
"a wonderful book...if you want to learn more about the progressive era and early baseball, get this book"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430734
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Cook is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including seven on baseball history. A retired health care administrator and former township councilman, he lives in Manalapan, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Career Path to the Major Leagues     5
The Rise of the American League     27
The Machine Buys the Reds     38
The National Commission     43
Fleischmann Re-elected and a World Series Begins     55
The Machine Crashes     67
The Ed Phelps Decision     77
Tinker to Evers to Chance and a Little Help from Herrmann     80
Accolades for Herrmann and Merkle's Boner     86
1909-A Year of Tragedies and Triumphs     94
Batting Kings and a Feud with Fogel     121
The Fat Lady Sings for a Boss and a Palace     131
Cobb Explodes and Taft Tumbles     140
National League Melodrama     156
The Teflon Boss     164
Herrmann's Joe Tinker Experiment     171
War with the Feds Begins     182
Feds Fold and the Sisler Decision     189
1916 - Grief and Turmoil for Herrmann     201
The Great War and the Great American Game     215
1919 - Baseball's Achilles' Heel     230
Herrmann Quits and the Scandal Breaks     244
The Black Sox Trial     260
Herrmann's Last Stand     267
Chapter Notes     281
Bibliography     287
Index     289
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