Joseph Cairnes

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Joseph Cairnes
Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Works
In office
Preceded by Herman A. MacDonald
Succeeded by William H. Buracker
Personal details
Occupation Engineer
Baseball executive

Joseph F. Cairnes was an American engineer and baseball executive. He served as president of the Milwaukee Braves from 1957 through 1958.


Cairnes was born and educated in Boston. He trained as an engineer, and served as director of public works for Massachusetts.[1]

Cairnes joined the Braves' front office in 1947, as director of the Braves' farm system.[1] He was promoted to executive vice president in 1953.[1] Cairnes succeeded Lou Perini as team president in 1957, when Perini was elected chairman of the board.[1][2] During his presidency, Cairnes attempted to negotiate with the county to build a new baseball stadium.[3]

Cairnes won the Sam Levy Award in 1958, given by the Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for his contributions to baseball in the Milwaukee area.[2]

Cairnes and his wife, Helen, had six children.[4]