Along with a group of investors, J.A. Robert Quinn purchased the Red Sox from Harry H. Frazee in August 1923. Under the new ownership group, Quinn was appointed club's president and entrusted with the day-to-day affairs of the ballclub. Quinn was the patriarch of a baseball family that still has members working in Major League Baseball front offices today. Prior to his involvement with the Red Sox, Quinn was a minor league catcher before serving as general manager of the minor league Columbus Senators of the American Association.
During Quinn's tenure, the Red Sox suffered through a decade of futility. The Red Sox were perennial cellar dwellers in the American League and his ownership lacked the capital necessary to pull the team up. Quinn's group eventually sold the club to Tom Yawkey in February 1933. After his stint with the Red Sox, Quinn moved on to front office roles with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves before serving as President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York from 1948 to 1951.