"It was a tough decision to make," Giles later recalled. "But after
learning from John Galbreath (owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
that the meeting was hopelessly
deadlocked, I decided to try and do something about it.
"I asked Galbreath for a few minutes to
think over the matter. then retired to the bathroom in my suite and, after dousing myface several times with handfuls of cold
water, I arrived at my decision to retire in favor of Frick. It was just
as simple as that."
"Giles made a great stand at the end,"
Webb said. "Then he came into the meeting room, saw there was a deadlock
and declared that
he would withdraw and Frick should be the
"At that point another ballot was taken and the vote was 14-2 in favor
of Frick. A motion was then made to make it unanimous, and on the last
ballot Frick received the 16 votes."
With Frick gone as National League
President, Giles was his logical successor. He quit as the Reds
president in late 1951 and he was unanimously elected league
head. He governed league affairs from his
office in Cincinnati's Carew Tower until he retired in 1969. He was
given the title of President Emeritus. He died in February 1979,
regarded as one of the all-time great baseball executives.