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Wright, Georgelocked

(28 January 1847–21 August 1937)
  • Frederick Ivor-Campbell

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Wright, George (28 January 1847–21 August 1937), baseball player and sporting goods entrepreneur, was born in New York City, the son of Samuel Wright, a cricket professional, and Ann Tone. When Wright was about ten, his father moved the family across the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey, where the senior Wright had been named groundskeeper, coach, and bowler for the St. George Cricket Club. Here, Wright learned to play cricket; he also learned baseball at nearby Elysian Fields. He excelled in both sports. At age fifteen he was promoted from the junior to the senior nine of the Gotham Base Ball Club of New York. About the same time he was hired as assistant cricket professional for the St. George club. In 1865 he performed professionally for the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and on Wednesdays he played baseball with the Olympics, one of Philadelphia’s leading teams. That same year he played for an American all-star cricket team that defeated the Canadian team in Toronto....

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