Thursday, October 25, 2012

On this day in Reds history: Two general managers resign


Today hasn't been a great day to be an executive of the Cincinnati Reds in years past. Both of those examples come as proof and are derived from Redleg Journal:

October 25, 1927 - Citing poor health and deafness, Garry Herrmann resigns as president of the Reds.

The 68-year old Herrmann had run the club for 25 years, winning one pennant and finishing first in the division 13 times. To succeed Herrmann as president, the Reds board of directors named C.J. McDiarmid, a prominent Cincinnati attorney who had been serving as secretary of the club. The free-spending Herrmann died in 1931, leaving an estate of only $120.


October 25, 1960 - In a stunning move, Gabe Paul resigns as vice president and general manager of the Reds to accept a position as general manager of the new Houston Astros expansion franchise, which began play in 1962.

Paul built the Reds from an also-ran to a pennant contender in 1956 and the first half of the 1957 season, but his plans soon fell apart. By 1960, the Reds were buried in sixth place, and had been losing more games each year since the memorable 1956 season. The club drew only 663,486 fans in 1960, the lowest total in the majors. Paul left Houston in a disagreement with management and became the general manager of the Indians in April 1961.

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