Herrmann was born on May 3, 1859. He served as president of the Cincinnati Reds of the National League from 1902 to 1927. He served as the president of National Baseball Commission from 1903 to 1920.
He is often regarded as having filled the role of Baseball Commissioner before that position was officially established in 1920. With two other Commission members he established the annual nature of the World Series by 1905.
According to biographer William A Cook's August A Hermann: A Baseball Biography, although Hermann was financially successful, he had a reputation as a lavish entertainer, supported by news that he left an estate of ten dollars. A Cincinnati reporter stated that his political partners, George B. Cox and Rud Hynicka made millions more, but Hermann had more fun.
He died on April 25, 1931.
On July 19, 2008, Herrmann was posthumously inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
- "August Herrmann Resigns As Chairman Of The National Baseball Commission. Herrmann Resigns His Chairmanship Head Of Baseball's Supreme Court. Wants Action Taken As Soon As Possible. Surprises His Associates. Annual Report To Johnson And Heydler Had Led Them To Expect He Would Defer Decision. Surprise To His Associates. Advocates Deferred Election". New York Times. January 9, 1920. Retrieved 2010-02-13. "August Herrmann, for more than sixteen years Chairman of the National Baseball Commission, has resigned. His resignation, which was presented at the annual meeting of the commission here today, is to take effect at the earliest possible date, not later than the joint meeting of the National and American Leagues, called for Feb. 11 in Chicago."
- August Garry Hermann: A Baseball Biography/William A. Cook/McFarland and Company, Inc.
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