Harry Wright

Harry Wright autograph
Birthdate1/10/1835
Death Date10/3/1895
Debut Year1876
Year of Induction1953
Teams Phillies, Reds
Positions Center Field, Executive, Manager

Harry Wright, HoF class of 1953 assembled, managed, and played center field for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional team.

 

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In the collection:

Wright's 1885 death date makes his signature quite rare

Wright's 1885 death date makes his signature quite rare

In the collection is the autograph of Harry Wright, the founder of the first professional baseball team. By virtue of his death on October 3, 1895, Wright’s signature remains on the want list of many advanced collectors. A true pioneer of the game, he his death was felt deeply by fellow pionee
Harry Wright initialled scorecard from June 5, 1883 - littered with HoFers

Harry Wright initialled scorecard from June 5, 1883 - littered with HoFers

Harry Wright was the manager of the Providence Grays the day they took the field against the Buffalo Bisons on June 5, 1883. In the collection is this scorecard from that game in which Wright penned his “HW” initials initialed in the scorer’s box. The Buffalo team
Back of Harry Wright's scorecard from June 5, 1883 - Radbourn gets the win and has two hits

Back of Harry Wright's scorecard from June 5, 1883 - Radbourn gets the win and has two hits

Switching things up, manager Harry Wright placed Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn in left field for this contest on June 5, 1883. Old Hoss responded by hitting a pair of singles in five at bats. Wright’s score book from that season surfaced in the hobby and was broken up into individual games.
Harry Wright's scorecard from May 19, 1883 - Old Hoss Radbourn plays RF & P

Harry Wright's scorecard from May 19, 1883 - Old Hoss Radbourn plays RF & P

Filled out entirely in the hand of HoFer Harry Wright, this scorecard features the game of May 19, 1883. Old Hoss Radbourn was the Providence Gray’s starting right fielder though he would later pitch in the game. Rabourn went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Wright was the
Harry Wright scorecard from July 29, 1881 with Tim Keefe as pitcher

Harry Wright scorecard from July 29, 1881 with Tim Keefe as pitcher

With Hall of Famer Harry Wright as their manager, the Boston Red Stockings faced the Troy Trojans on 7/29/1881 with Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe on the hill. In the collection is Wright’s scorecard from that day filled out entirely in his hand and initialed “HW” in the space prov
Boston's side of Harry Wright's 7/29/1881 scorecard

Boston's side of Harry Wright's 7/29/1881 scorecard

Turning to the Boston side of Harry Wright’s scorecard we see the Red Stockings lineup. Wright guided his club to a 10-3 win over the Trojans with Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe taking one of his 27 losses that season. Keefe would quickly turn things around averaging more than 35 wins per seas

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