George Trautman

For the United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General, see George J. Trautman, III.
George Trautman, 1948

George M. "Red" Trautman (January 11, 1890 – June 25, 1963) was an American baseball executive and college men's basketball coach.

Ohio State

As an undergraduate at the Ohio State University, Trautman was a three-sport letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball. After graduation he became an assistant athletic director under Lynn St. John. As assistant athletic director, Trautman was instrumental in helping to establish the Ohio Relays.


When St. John gave up his basketball coaching duties, he assigned them to Trautman. Trautman held the position of men's basketball head coach for three years. In those three years he had an overall record of 29-33.


Professional baseball

In 1933 Trautman became president of the Columbus Red Birds, a minor league baseball team. Three years later, Trautman was named president of the American Association, the league in which the Red Birds played. He held that position from 1936 through 1945. Trautman moved the office of the league from Durham, North Carolina to Columbus, Ohio. In 1946 Trautman was named General Manager of the Detroit Tigers, succeeding Jack Zeller.[1] After two seasons with the Tigers, Trautman was appointed as the new President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, succeeding William Bramham. Trautman held that position from 1947 until his death in 1963.


Under Trautman's leadership, a new relationship was forged between the major leagues and the minor leagues. Territorial rights, which had been in dispute, were established so that if the major leagues took over a National Association city, compensation would be due to both the existing team and its league.

George M. Trautman Awards

Each year, the Topps Company, in conjunction with Minor League Baseball, awards the George M. Trautman Award to the Topps Player of the Year in each of sixteen domestic minor leagues.[2]



  1. "Topps, MiLB name Players of the Year: Trautman Award winners announced for each league". Minor League Baseball ( November 5, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-09. See also Baseball awards#U.S. minor leagues.
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