Harry Wright

William Henry Wright
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1953
Primary team: Philadelphia Phillies
Primary position: Executive

Legendary baseball promoter Henry Chadwick once wrote, “There is no doubt that Harry Wright is the father of professional base ball playing.” William Henry “Harry” Wright organized, managed and played centerfield for baseball’s first all-professional team, the famed 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Wright first played baseball with the New York Knickerbockers and later guided the Boston Red Stockings to four straight National Association pennants (1872-1875) and National League titles in 1877 and 1878. According to Chadwick, Wright was “the most experienced, skillful and successful manager of a base ball team in the professional fraternity.”

"Harry wore side-whiskers and a mustache, and was a decent, quiet man who did not believe in playing baseball on Sunday. In an uncouth age he had the respect of even the rowdiest players and was, in many ways, much like Connie Mack. "
Lee Allen

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1953
Primary Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position Played: Executive
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Sheffield. England
Birth year: 1835
Died: 1895, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Played for:
Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875)
Managed:
Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875)
Providence Grays (1882-1883)
Philadelphia Phillies (1884-1893)