February 2, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz
General manager and team president, 1937-1951. Inducted 1969.
When Giles took over as general manager, the Reds were a 98-loss team, despite the promise of a strong young core (Lombardi, Derringer, Vander Meer). He worked to remake team, and quickly. A winning record in 1938 was followed by a pennant in 1939 and a World Series victory in 1940. Highlights of his tenure include the hiring of manager Bill McKechnie and the acquisitions of second baseman Lonny Frey, third baseman Billy Werber, and pitcher Bucky Walters. Later served as National League president. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.