Mark of Greatness
In Sept. 18, 1867, the Nationals played host to the Pastime Club of Richmond, Va. Wright and his teammates graciously welcomed the Pastimes, the players no doubt exchanging club ribbons. After the pre-game niceties, the Nationals proceeded to pummel their guests by the score of 111-9, Wright leading all batters with 16 runs scored. The Pastime’s silk ribbon featured their club name printed alongside the Virginia state seal featuring the motto “Sic Semper Tyrannis.”
In 1868, Wright received a beautiful blue and red ribbon from the Yale Club, most likely prior to the Union’s second game of the season. In an exciting match played in New Haven, Conn. on June 6, Yale held their own against the powerful Unions, forcing extra innings before succumbing in the 10th, 16-14. For the Unions, it was their second of 29 straight wins en route to a season record of 37-6. Coincidentally, manning first base for Yale in the game against the Unions was none other than Clarence Deming, who later wrote of the use of ribbons as quoted above.