Wright, George

George Wright
Born: January 28, 1847, Yonkers, New York
Died: August 21, 1937, Boston, Massachusetts
Played For: 
Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875), Boston Red Caps (1876-1878), 1880-1881), Providence Grays (1879, 1882)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1937

George Wright was the star shortstop of baseball's first openly all-professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, for whom he hit 49 home runs in 57 games and batted an astounding .633. Besides being a feared slugger, Wright was renowned as a superior fielder, revolutionizing play at shortstop. He went on to captain the Boston Red Stockings to four straight National Association flags (1872-75). He also captained Boston to National League pennants in 1877 and '78, and in 1879 led Providence to the city's first league championship.

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Did You Know: 
that George Wright's son, Beals Wright, won the 1905 U.S. Open in tennis and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956?