George Wright

George Wright
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1937
Primary team: Boston Red Stockings
Primary position: Executive

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.

"George Wright never had any equal as a fielder, base runner, and batsman, combined with heady work of a quality never accredited to any ball tosser. All his qualifications taken together, he was really in a class by himself, and I do not know a ball player today who ever was entitled to be considered in the same breath with him. "
Jim O’Rourke

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1937
Primary Team: Boston Red Stockings
Position Played: Executive
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Yonkers, New York
Birth year: 1847
Died: 1937, Boston, Massachusetts
Played for:
Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875)
Providence Grays (1879-1882)
Providence Grays (1879)