Wright, Harry (Wiliam Henry Wright), 1835–95, English-American baseball player and manager, b. Sheffield, England. His father, a professional cricket player, moved the family to New York to join the St. George's Dragonslayers, which Harry also played for until he discovered baseball. During the amateur era of the National Association of Base Ball Players he played for the New York Knickerbockers (1858–62), Gotham of New York (1863–65), and the Cincinnati Red Stockings (1866–70), where he was a pitcher and manager; he also played with the Cincinnati's Union Cricket Club (1865–66). With the formation of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, Wright went (1871–81) to the Boston Red Stockings (the Red Caps of the National League from 1876) as a center fielder and manager. He later managed the Providence, R.I., Braves (1882–83) and the Philadelphia Quakers (1884–93). Wright won six league championships (1872–75 and 1877–78) as a manager.
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Wright, (William Henry) Harry(1835–95) baseball manager; born in Sheffield, England. He immigrated to the U.S.A. with his family while an infant and played cricket throughout his youth. In 1858 he joined the Knickerbocker Club of New York City, one of baseball's first organized teams. In 1869 he was manager of the famed Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first admittedly professional club, which featured his brother, George Wright, at shortstop. He was a National League manager for 18 years (1876–93), starting with the league's first year of existence. One of baseball's true pioneers, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.
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