Hey baseball fans!
Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with another dose of baseball history. I was looking at the list of Hall of Famers and I saw the Waners, Paul and Lloyd. I said to myself that they are probably the most famous brothers in the Hall of Fame. I might be a partially wrong. After I scrolled down past Dave Winfield, I came across the Wrights, George and Harry. Up to that point, I had never heard of them. I did some research about them and I read that they were pretty darn good. So on that note, let me tell you a little bit about them.
George Wright, the younger brother by almost 12 years, was the star shortstop of baseball’s first professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. He had an amazing year then, hit 49 homers in 57 games and batting an incredible .633. Besides being a master slugger, Wright was known as an excellent fielder. He went on to lead the Boston Red Stockings to four straight National Association flags from1872 to 1875 and also captained the National League Boston Red Stockings (currently the Braves) to National League pennants in 1877 and 1878.
Harry Wright organized, managed and played center field for the same team his younger brother played for, the famed 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. He was originally a cricket player, but Wright first played baseball with the New York Knickerbockers. With the help of George, he guided the Red Stockings to four straight National Association pennants from 1872-1875 and two National League Red Stockings championships in 1877 and 1878. He introduced the shifting on defense to account for hitters’ tendencies, which has sadly become one of the big reasons why Mark Teixiera never bats over .300 in a season.
Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this post. Check back in a couple of weeks for a new post about a very old team. So, thank you so much for reading this edition of “all the buzz on what wuzz”.