George Wright

George Wright
Birthdate 1/28/1847
Death Date 8/21/1937
Debut Year 1879
Year of Induction 1937
Teams Reds
Positions Executive, Shortstop

George Wright was the shortstop and best player from the first professional team & later the first batter in the history of the National League.

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George Wright was one of the finest athletes of post-Civil War America

George Wright was one of the finest athletes of post-Civil War America

George Wright was the greatest star on the first professional baseball team in America. Teaming with his brother Harry who formed the Cincinnati Red Stockings, George played shortstop and hit leadoff. Wright was an innovator in the game’s infancy. In 1869 he pushed for a rule to allow the batt
Wright started as a cricket player and returned to the game after retiring from baseball

Wright started as a cricket player and returned to the game after retiring from baseball

George Wright grew up in a cricket-playing family. His father Samuel was one of the best cricketeers in the country. Samuel’s boys Harry and George soon gravitated toward the sport. George started playing the sport professionally at age 16. When brother Harry took his talents to baseball, Geor
NL chief and HoFer Warren Giles writes about a George Wright single-signed baseball

NL chief and HoFer Warren Giles writes about a George Wright single-signed baseball

Shown here is a letter signed by National League president and future Hall of Famer Warren Giles. The NL boss discusses a baseball autographed by the first batter in NL history, George Wright. In the correspondence dated June 10, 1965, Giles thanks Jefferson W. Hudson of the Eagle-Picher Company tha

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