I didn’t make any friends in New York by insisting on moving the league headquarters to Cincinnati. The fact was that my son Bill was in school. His mother had passed away, and I didn’t want to take the boy away from his school and to a strange city.
A newspaperman said, ‘You have to have a team in New York.’ I replied, ‘Who says you have to have a team in New York?’ What came out in the papers was a headline that said, Giles Says, ‘Who needs New York?’ I confess that quote bothered me, and there seemed to be no way to dispose of it. It was repeated again and again.
My first interest in baseball is the welfare of baseball itself. My second is the Cincinnati Reds, and my third is Warren Giles.
I met Powel Crosley at an All-Star Game in 1935. He was familiar, of course, with our winning record at Rochester. We seemed to hit it off immediately, and the following year, when he was looking for a successor to Larry MacPhail, he thought of me.
People frequently ask me if adverse criticism bothers me. I’ve had a lot of it, and I have been able to shrug most of it off.
People take sides on political things, such as the Vietnam War. War is immoral and war is wrong, but I don’t think the clergy ought to bring it before the Church.