|Born: January 28, 1847|
Yonkers, New York
|Died: August 21, 1937 (aged 90)|
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|May 5, 1871|
for the Boston Red Stockings
|October 2, 1882|
for the Providence Grays
|Batting average||. Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and Third base. Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1847 ( MDCCCXLVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Yonkers is the fourth largest city in the US State of New York (behind Rochester, Buffalo, and New York City) and the largest city in New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan. Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Champions National Association (professional Philadelphia Athletics National Association of Amateur Base Ball Players Star of Brooklyn Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule Champions NOTE Chicago White Stockings played the Cincinnati Red Stockings in a 2-game post-season series Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. Batting average is a Statistic in both Cricket and Baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively 302|
|Runs batted in||330|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the National|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Election Method||Special Committee|
George Wright (January 28, 1847 – August 21, 1937) was an American pioneer in the sport of baseball. In Baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around first second and third base and returns safely to Home plate, touching Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. The 1937 process of selecting inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame was markedly different from the initial elections the previous year Events 1077 - Walk to Canossa: The Excommunication of Henry IV Holy Roman Emperor is lifted Year 1847 ( MDCCCXLVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Events 1192 - Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shōgun and the De facto ruler of Japan. Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each He played shortstop for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional team, when he was probably the game's best player. Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and Third base. The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 were Baseball 's first openly all-professional team In 1868, Wright won the Clipper Medal for being the best shortstop in baseball.
He was one of five men to play regularly for both the Cincinnati and the Boston Red Stockings, the latter winning six championships during his eight seasons to 1878. On April 22, 1876, he became the first batter in National League history, and grounded out to the shortstop. Events 1500 - Portuguese Navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil. Champions National League: Chicago White Stockings Major League Baseball final standings Statistical The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball Elder brother Harry Wright managed both Red Stockings teams and made George his cornerstone; the brothers are now in the Hall of Fame together. William Henry "Harry" Wright ( January 10 1835 &ndash October 3 1895) was an English -born American professional George helped define the shortstop position and on-field teamwork, but his main work as a sporting developer came after retiring from baseball. After arriving in Boston he entered the sporting goods business, soon under the name Wright & Ditson's. There he continued in the industry, assisting in the development of golf, tennis, and hockey. Tennis is a sport played between two players ( singles) or between two teams of two players each ( doubles) Hockey is any of a family of Sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a Ball, or a hard round rubber or heavy plastic disc called a puck 
Born in Yonkers, New York, twelve years younger than Harry, George Wright was raised as a cricket "club pro", assisting their father as Harry had done. Yonkers is the fourth largest city in the US State of New York (behind Rochester, Buffalo, and New York City) and the largest city in Cricket is a bat-and-ball team Sport that originated in England and is now played in more than 100 countries Before George's birth, Samuel Wright's St. George Cricket Club moved from Manhattan across the Hudson River to Elysian Fields, Hoboken, New Jersey, where many New York and New Jersey base ball clubs played in the 1850s. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey is believed to be the site of the first organized Baseball game giving Hoboken a strong claim to be the birthplace Both boys learned base ball, too, but George grew up with the "national game" and was barely in his teens when the American Civil War curtailed its boom; Harry was already twenty-two when the baseball fraternity convened for the first time, and thirty when the war ended. Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South
George is the father of tennis great Beals Wright, a U. Beals Coleman Wright (born on December 19, 1879 in Boston Massachusetts, United States &ndash died on August 23, 1961 S. Championship winner and Olympic gold medalist.
At some times during the war, both Wright brothers played for the venerable Gothams, the second eldest baseball team after the Knickerbockers. According to Ivor-Campbell (1996), George moved from the Gotham juniors to the senior team when he was fifteen. At seventeen in 1864 he was the regular catcher. Baseball's recovery from the War was far advanced in greater New York City (always untouched by the military conflict), as the leading clubs played more than twenty NABBP matches, the Gothams eleven. George played eight and led the team both in runs, scoring 2. 4 times per game, and "hands lost", put out only 2. 4 times per game, average being three per player in a 9-inning game. In seven matches infielder Harry was fourth in scoring at 2. 0 and second behind George in hands lost at 2. 6 (Wright 2000: 91). For the 1865 season George was hired by the Philadelphia Cricket Club; that summer he played in five matches for the Olympic Ball Club of that city. The Olympic club was the devoted to games in the base ball genus, established in 1833. At the December annual meeting, the first in peacetime, National Association of Base Ball Players membership tripled, including isolated clubs from as far as Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP was the first organization governing American Baseball. Fort Leavenworth is a United States Army facility located in Leavenworth County Kansas (just north of the city of Leavenworth) in the upper northeast George returned to the Gothams for base ball; he was nineteen and nearing his athletic peak. At the same time, Harry moved to Cincinnati for a job at the Union Cricket Club.
Early in the summer of 1866, George moved from catcher for Gotham, which played eight NABBP matches that year, to shortstop for Union, which played 28, the leading number. The Unions of Morrisania, now in the New York borough of the Bronx, were another charter member of the first Association, but one that moved toward professionalism in the postwar years, as the Gothams did not. Morrisania ( is a low income residential neighborhood geographically located in the southwestern Bronx, New York City. In 1867, he joined the Nationals of Washington, DC, eldest club in that city, whose approach to professionalism was arranging government jobs, mainly with the Treasury. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D He played second base, shortstop, and pitcher in 29 of the 30 matches fully on record and in those matches led the team both in scoring and hands lost. Second base, or 2B, is the second of four stations on a Baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and Third base. In Baseball, the pitcher is the player who throwsthe baseball from the Pitcher's mound toward the Catcher to begin each play with the goal of Next year he returned to the Unions for the association's last officially all-amateur season and moved permanently to the shortstop position.
Meanwhile, brother Harry had acquired baseball duties and had organized for Cincinnati the strongest team in the West, led in 1868 by a handful of players from the East -- presumably compensated somehow by club members if not by the club. When the NABBP permitted professionalism for 1869, Harry augmented himself and four incumbents with five new men including brother George, who was highest paid at $1400 for nine months. George remained a cornerstone of Harry's teams for ten seasons.
Cincinnati toured the continent undefeated in 1869, as George batted . 633 with 49 home runs in 57 games. It may have been the strongest team in 1870, but the club dropped professional base ball after the second season.
Harry Wright was hired to organize a new team in Boston, where he signed three teammates including George for 1871. He brought along the nickname, too; if the nickname is the tenth man or the player-manager counts double, Harry thereby composed half the team that just missed winning the first National Association pennant. The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP or simply the National Association (NA was founded in 1871 and lasted through the 1875 season George suffered a broken leg and missed half the season; one more win at the right time would have been decisive in Boston's favor.
With some personnel changes, the Boston Red Stockings won the other four NA pennants, dominating so severely in 1875 that they helped provoke a new league. The team trailed badly in the first National League season, after the defection of its Big Four western players to Chicago, but rebounded to win again both 1877-78. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball George Wright had played an even decade for Harry's teams, beginning with the First Nine and closing with six league championships in seven. (Another 1869 hire, Andy Leonard, was present for all but the 1871 second-place finish. Andrew Jackson Leonard ( June 1, 1846 &ndash August 21, 1903) played Left field for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings )
The Providence Grays, new in the NL for 1878, hired George to lead the team in 1879. Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. He did as well as possible, wresting the championship for himself from older brother Harry; for Providence and Rhode Island from older and regionally dominant Boston and Massachusetts.
But Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods was growing, so George returned to Boston for business reasons. He remains the only man to win the pennant in his lone season as manager. Meanwhile the National League introduced the reserve list system, and Providence listed George, so he was not free to sign with Boston. The reserve clause is a term formerly employed in North American professional Sports Contracts The reserve clause, contained in all standard player (Until the 1879-80 off-season, every professional baseball player was a "free agent" for every season. ) During the next two seasons he played only a few games. . When Boston changed managers for 1882, Harry signed to lead Providence and inherited the right to sign his brother. George agreed to play another season full-time, retiring after the 1882 season with a . 302 batting average in the major leagues from 1871.
is a member of
Hall of Fame
George was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 and inducted by the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2005. The 1937 process of selecting inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame was markedly different from the initial elections the previous year Elder brother Harry is another member of both Halls. Unfortunately, the official National "Hall of Fame Biography" of George credits him with "piloting" six championship teams in Boston, which was Harry's achievement, beside managing his one Providence champion (NBHOFM a).  Younger brother Sam Wright also played baseball professionally, with brief appearances in the major leagues.
George Wright served on the 1906-1907 Mills Commission that identified Cooperstown, New York as the birthplace of baseball. The question of the origins of baseball has been the subject of debate and controversy for more than a century President Mills and secretary Sullivan probably did the work, with the others lending gravity and celebrity.
He lived long enough to be consulted regarding the baseball centennial celebrations of 1939, including the establishment of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Soon after his own election, he died in Boston of a stroke, aged 90. He is buried in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline, Massachusetts. Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline Massachusetts is famous because it includes the family plot of Joseph P Brookline is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, which borders on the cities of Boston and Newton.
|1871||Boston Red Stockings||16||80||33||33||7||5||0||11||6||1||. 412||. 453||. 625|
|1872||Boston Red Stockings||48||255||87||86||16||6||2||32||3||1||. 337||. 345||. 471|
|1873||Boston Red Stockings||59||325||99||126||19||8||3||50||8||2||. 388||. 402||. 523|
|1874||Boston Red Stockings||60||313||76||103||10||15||2||44||5||6||. 329||. 340||. 476|
|1875||Boston Red Stockings||79||408||106||136||20||7||2||61||2||6||. 333||. 337||. 431|
|1876||Boston Red Caps||70||335||72||100||18||6||1||34||8||9||. 299||. 315||. 397|
|1877||Boston Red Caps||61||290||58||80||15||1||0||35||9||15||. 276||. 298||. 334|
|1878||Boston Red Caps||59||267||35||60||5||1||0||12||6||22||. 225||. 242||. 251|
|1879||Providence Grays||85||388||79||107||15||10||1||42||13||20||. Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. 276||. 299||. 374|
|1880||Boston Red Caps||1||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||. 250||. 250||. 250|
|1881||Boston Red Caps||7||25||4||5||0||0||0||0||3||1||. 200||. 286||. 200|
|1882||Providence Grays||46||185||14||30||1||2||0||9||4||36||. Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. 162||. 180||. 189|
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|1879||Providence Grays||85||59||25||. Providence Grays was a team name used by several major and minor league baseball teams based in Providence Rhode Island. 702|