George Wright

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Note: This page links to George Wright, the Hall of Fame infielder and manager. For the outfielder who played from 1982 to 1986, click here.

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George Wright

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 150 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1937

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Biographical Information[edit]

"(He covers) more ground than any other player in the country." - a New York newspaper, about George Wright
"I have never seen such work as George Wright did in those days, playing shortstop. . . All his qualifications taken together, he was really in a class by himself . . ." - Jim O'Rourke, reminiscing in 1915

George Wright was an early baseball star who played cricket and then moved to baseball in 1863. He later recalled that he had seen his first baseball game in 1857 at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. Already a big star by 1869, he became part of the legendary 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings team. In the early years of professional baseball, he moved often from team to team, taking advantage of the fact many teams were willing to pay good money to have a top-rank player in their line-up.

He then played in the new National Association and in the new National League. He managed one year (1879) and won the pennant.

He was an excellent player during the years of the National Association, playing for the Boston Red Stockings, which usually won the pennant.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 7, 1937 by the Centennial Commission. He is the brother of Harry Wright and Sam Wright; he was twelve years younger than Harry, but was a teammate at times of each.

During and after his baseball days, he ran a sporting goods house as he served as co-founder of the sporting goods company Wright & Ditson.

He was also instrumental in establishing golf in the United States, and was called "the father of American golf" when he died. Two sons became golf champions.

He is believed to be only player to play both major league baseball and first-class cricket.[1]. [2]

When baseball became a demonstration sport in the 1912 Olympics, Wright served as the umpire.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 4-time League At Bats Leader (1873/NA, 1875/NA, 1876/NL & 1877/NL)
  • NA Singles Leader (1874)
  • NA Triples Leader (1874)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1875)
  • NL Pennants: 1 (1879)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1937

Further Reading[edit]

  • Robert Tholkes: "The Young and the Restless: George Wright 1865-68", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 45, Number 2 (Fall 2016), pp. 95-101.

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