Sunday, January 8, 2017

MAJOR LEAGUE FOUNDERS: HARRY WRIGHT 1876-1976

I don’t know how I overlooked Harry Wright until now for the “Founders” sub-set that celebrates the 100th season of Major League ball in 1976, but better late than never:


Wright of course is known for his baseball legacy way before the National League was formed, playing even before the National Association’s formation in 1871 as part of the legendary 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, and even before that as an amateur baseball AND cricket player.
By the time the National League was formed he was manager more than player for the Boston club, with brother George as a star along with another brother, Sam seeing time on the squad as well to a lesser degree.
He was responsible for developing ideas such as player-shifting on the field and backing up fielders on throws, cementing his place in the very early-days of the games formation with techniques that are used to this very day.
Harry Wright was unique in that he was a respected leader of the new game from it’s pre-professional days through the National Association years into the Major League’s formation.
Truly a builder of the sport that would become “America’s Game”.

4 comments:

  1. Do we have a mag coming with these major league founders

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    1. Perhaps my friend. I'd like to think I will do a 'zine for every custom I've put up here. ;)

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  2. I'm under the impression that these old baseball player photos have been waiting for you just to make cards out of them.

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  3. Your Founders subset is probably my favorite that you do. Keep them coming!

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