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August "Garry" Herrmann: A Baseball Biography

by William A. Cook
 

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

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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.

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"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786430734
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

William A. Cook is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including 11 on baseball history, and has appeared in productions on ESPN2 and the MLB Network. A former health care administrator and township councilman, he lives in Manalapan, New Jersey.

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