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The Famous George Wright from his company Wright & Ditson in Boston He has one of the first plaques in the Baseball Hall of Fame. My wife's great grandfather worked in this company for over 25 years he was the head Accountant. He know George from 1897 till his death 1935. He donate all sports to a golf club in Salem 1889, by 1920s in Boston a golf club was made with his name. I email this print to Baseball Hall of Fame for them, today. I was given this last file of him to the Hall of Fame they said he had a mustache all his live.


  1. Boston20, 6 years ago
    Those are photos of George I hadn't seen before Thanks!
    I live next to the George Wright family homestead in Dorchester. The current owners are looking to tear the house down. The address is 24 Grampian Way
    This past summer we had the Boston Red Stocking play the Cincinnati Reds play in the Boston Common with the Wright family attending
  2. filmnet filmnet, 6 years ago
    Nice story, what i know is my wife's GGreat Grandfather born 1873 grew here in our house after high school he started working in Wright and Diston as a n accountant. In 1897 they had a dinner in a Boston hotel celebrating 20 years in business i have the dinner invitation which George signed. I have found about his work with golf and have posted here i have prints of George, Francis Ouimet Frank Hoyt, and our relative William H Cook. William was a member of the original Salem Golf club 1899-1920s, look at the club cabin with the donated stuff i posted here
  3. Boston20, 6 years ago
    Anything he signs is worth something now. Check this out.
    A card with his picture sold for $80,000 and his bat sold for $100,000.
  4. filmnet filmnet, 6 years ago
    Hi Boston20 the article will not post now they said its to old can you post the full article.
  5. theothewrightbrothers, 6 years ago
    Boston 20 I do not believe the man with the clubs was George Wright as I believe he had a full head of hair .
    He is my great grandfather and I know there was picture of him with my mother with his hat off.
  6. filmnet filmnet, 6 years ago
    theothewrightbrothers Can you help me about this is this George on left? on the right is William Cook
  7. Boston20, 6 years ago
    We went before the Boston Landmarks Commission on Tuesday to begin to get things going to place GW's house a Landmark. I have many pictures of George. In 2011 we had the Boston Red Stocking and Cincinnati red Stocking play here in Boston. Denny Wright Great Grandson joined us.
  8. filmnet filmnet, 6 years ago
    Nice why cant you scan and post some shots of him. i got one from the baseball HOF I was in touch with them because i donated photo of Ted William 's teaching sick boys 1988 in New Hampshire i took slides, they are posted under my name. The HOF was so excited when i emailed them George's picture, i cant find any picture of George with out a hat other then the one i know which is him posted under my name here. The shot of George outside above came from HOF, now whoever this is theothewrightbrothers says its not George swinging above, Possible not! i have 2 prints of this guy swinging no name written on these.
  9. Boston20, 6 years ago
    24 Grampian Way, Dorchester – Petition for status as a Boston Landmark
    Basis for Landmark Petition
    The petition for landmark status for 24 Grampian Way is being made based on the association of the house with sports figures famous in American history. George Wright lived at 24 Grampian Way from the time he came to Boston in the 1880s until his death in 1937. His sons Beals and Irving also lived there for various periods of their own lives.
    George Wright
    George Wright was a member of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings team, and he was one of the men who established the Boston Red Stockings Ball Club. Wright is mentioned in many histories of baseball and is well known as a star shortstop player and a slugger. He was also a well-known player in other sports including cricket. Wikipedia reports that he designed the golf course in Franklin Park. George Wright was one of the principals who founded the Wright & Ditson sporting goods store. The firm earned a national reputation through the publication of sporting publications including the official rule books of tennis and golf. Wright himself was an author of books on sport, some of which were published by Wright & Ditson.
    Beals Wright
    Beals C. Wright was a five-time Davis Cup team member, winning the singles championship in 1905 and playing the doubles championship teams in 1904, 1905 and 1906. He was enshrined in the lawn tennis Hall of Fame in 1936.
    Irving Wright
    In 1917 and 1918 Irving Wright won the U.S. National Championship mixed doubles championship. Together with his brother Beals he won the men's doubles title at the Canadian Tennis Championship four times (1902, 1903, 1904, 1905).
    Beals Wright
    Beals Wright, born 1879 and son of George, spent part of his life at 24 Grampian Way. He earned 2 gold medals in the sport of tennis in the Olympics
    In 1869, Harry Wright, the English-born son of a cricket professional, formed the first professional baseball team in America. Harry Wright was the player-manager of the Cincinnati Red Stockings and included on the team was his younger brother, George, who drew the then-record salary of $1,400 for the season. As the popularity of pro baseball increased, George Wright was to earn much more than this and prospered sufficiently to send his son, Beals, to Harvard. Beals Wright was to become one of the leading players in the early days of lawn tennis in America, but surprisingly he never won his letter at Harvard.
    He was America’s first Olympic lawn tennis champion, winning the singles and doubles (with Edgar Leonard) in 1904. These two Olympics titles came relatively early in his career although three years previously he had been runner-up in the U.S. singles. Beals Wright was destined to be runner-up on four other occasions, but in 1905 he took the national title by beating Holcombe Ward, a fellow Harvardian. Wright and Ward won the doubles for three straight years (1904-1906) and in 1910, at the age of 30, the left-handed Wright became the first American to reach the final of the All-Comer’s singles at Wimbledon, where he lost to the New Zealander, Tony Wilding, who went on to win the Challenge Round. Apart from these successes, Wright will also be remembered for his contribution to the Davis Cup squad. He was on the team in 1905, 1907, 1908, and 1911 and although the U.S. reached the Challenge Round in three of those years, they never succeeded in winning the Cup. They lost by only three matches to two in 1908 against Australasia in Melbourne, and Wright’s magnificent victories over Tony Wilding and Norman Brooks put the U.S. within an ace of winning the tie. In his later years, Wright maintained his keen interest in the sport and served a term as president of the USLTA.
    Irving Wright
    (from Wikipedia) Irving C Wright was an American male tennis player who was active in the early 20th century. Irving was the son of George Wright, an American baseball pioneer and one of the founders of the Wright & Ditson sporting goods firm and the brother of U.S. Championship winner and Olympic gold medalist Beals Wright. Together they won the men's doubles title at the Canadian Tennis Championship four times (1902, 1903, 1904, 1905).
    In 1907 Irving won the Long Island Lawn Tennis Championship. In 1917 he won the U.S. National Championship mixed doubles championship with Norwegian Molla Bjurstedt by defeating Bill Tilden and Florence Ballin in three sets. The next year he successfully defended the title, this time partnering Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, winning against Molla Bjurstedt and Fred Alexander in straight sets.
    In 1917 he also reached the final of the U.S. National Championship men's doubles competition with Harry Johnson but lost in straight sets to Fred Alexander and Harold Throckmorton
  10. filmnet filmnet, 6 years ago
    Who is this guy only 1 post theothewrightbrothers??

  11. Boston20, 6 years ago

    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.
    New England
    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. 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. 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.) The Providence Grays, new in the NL for 1878, hired George to lead the team in 1879. 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. (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. In 1882 George Wright took up cricket seriously again with the Longwood Cricket Club of Boston where he dominated local cricket sides with Isaac Chambers, the Longwood cricket pro and greenskeeper, holding up the other bowling end. In 1891 George Wright captained the Longwood Cricket Club against Lord Hawke's visiting English side. Wright's side surprised the visiting English first-class players with accurate bowling which kept the tourist in check. In 1892 George Wright donated cricket gear to British Guianese (Guyana) cricket players thereby starting a century old tradition of West Indian cricket in New England.Citation:David Sentance Cricket
    in America-research in progress for a second edition.
    Baseball legacy
    Wright holds the NA career record for the most triples (41), and he led the NA in triples with 15 in 18784. George was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 and inducted by the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2005. 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).[2] 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. President Mills and secretary Sullivan probably did the work, with the others lending gravity and celebrity. Wright 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, in Brookline, Massachusetts.
  12. Boston20, 6 years ago
    filmnet, I have lots of photo's of GW but unable able tp ost them. I might open a new group if I can't get them posted
  13. Boston20, 6 years ago
    I can tell you that isn't George. It could be Francis Ouimet who work at Wright & Ditson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Ouimet
  14. filmnet filmnet, 6 years ago
    Boston 20 new photo posted above, left to right is Hoyt, Ouimet our relating Cook and 2 other members of Salem golf
  15. Boston20, 6 years ago
    @theothewrightbrothers are you Denny?

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