Harry Wright

Harry Wright
Birthdate 1/10/1835
Death Date 10/3/1895
Debut Year 1876
Year of Induction 1953
Teams Grays, Phillies, Red Stockings (National Association), Red Stockings (NL), 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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Harry Wright founded the first all-professional baseball team

Harry Wright founded the first all-professional baseball team

Born in Sheffield, England on January 10, 1835 Harry Wright became the father of professional baseball. At the age of 14 Wright dropped out of school and became a professional cricket player. He was playing cricket at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey when he saw his first baseball game. Wright
Wright managed Boston Red Stockings teams for 11 seasons

Wright managed Boston Red Stockings teams for 11 seasons

Shown here is a scorecard filled out entirely in Harry Wright’s hand. This contest took place July 29, 1881. 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 quickly turn things around averaging more than 3
Here's the Troy Trojans' side of the scorecard from 1881

Here's the Troy Trojans' side of the scorecard from 1881

With Hall of Famer Harry Wright as their manager, the Boston Red Stockings faced the Troy Trojans on 7/29/1881. Future Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe on the hill for Troy. He batted eighth. The second batter in the Troy lineup is Roger Connor. The first baseman was the career home run leader before
Many pitchers in the infancy of baseball were also position players

Many pitchers in the infancy of baseball were also position players

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. Later he pitched in the and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. In the infancy of professional baseball pitchers often played oth
Buffalo's 1883 team featured four Hall of Fame players

Buffalo's 1883 team featured four Hall of Fame players

Harry Wright managed the Providence Grays to a 110-72 record in his two years as the team’s skipper. On June 5, 1883, his club took the field against the Buffalo Bisons. That day all four of Buffalo’s future Hall of Fame players were in the lineup. Player/manager Jim O’Rourke penci
Wright's Providence team went 58-40 in 1883

Wright's Providence team went 58-40 in 1883

Shown here is Harry Wright’s scorecard from June 5, 1883. That day his Providence Grays beat the Buffalo Bisons 10-6. Hall of Fame pitcher Charles “Old Hoss” hit fifth in the lineup that day and played left field. That season he led the league with 48 wins. Old Hoss hit a pair of s

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