Wednesday, February 21, 2018

George Wright -- February 21, 2018

Spalding's Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1879
George Wright was the shortstop and star player on the first openly professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings.  When the Cincinnati team broke up, he moved with his older brother Harry to the Boston Red Stockings. Harry managed and George continued to star. The team played in the National Association and then the new National League when it started in 1876.  George joined the new Providence Grays as manager in 1878.

In 1874, in a 70-game National Association season, he hit 41 triples.

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