The Giles family left its mark on professional baseball. Starting with Hall of Fame executive Warren, and continuing through to Phillies chairman emeritus son Bill, the family had a nearly century-long reign in baseball.
Warren was elected president of the Class B Moline, Illinois, Plowboys in 1919 at age 23. From there he ascended up the baseball ladder. After that he joined the Cardinals organization rising to president of their two top farm teams in Syracuse and Rochester. In 1936 he spent the last half of the season as president of the International League.
From there it was a long stay in the Major Leagues.
Cardinals chief Branch Rickey recommended Giles to Reds owner Powel Crosley Jr. On November 1, 1936, Warren was appointed Cincinnati’s general manager and president. In his first season the reds improved by 26 games. Even better things were in store for Giles and the Reds.
In 1938 he hired Bill McKechnie as the team’s pilot. The skipper would solidify his Hall of Fame managerial career in Cincinnati, winning his third and fourth NL pennant and second World Series title.
Giles also made his most successful trade in ’38, acquiring pitcher Bucky Walters from the Phillies. Walters earned the NL MVP Award in his first full season with the Reds and made the All Star team five times from 1939-1944. Behind Walters’ mound work, the Reds made consecutive appearances in the World Series starting in 1939. In the ’40 Fall Classic Walters went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA to help Cincinnati win their second World Series title.
In 1951, Giles became the president of the National League. During his reign Giles oversaw Major League Baseball’s westward expansion to San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as the addition of Mets, Padres, Expos, and Astros franchises.
Giles was elected to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in ’69 and to Cooperstown a decade later. Today two awards are named in his honor, the National League Championship Series trophy and the Warren Giles Award given to the outstanding minor league president each year.
In the collection are these two baseball cards or Warren Giles signed by his son Bill.