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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

George Wright

Eligible in 1898.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 06, 2007 at 02:21 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 06, 2007 at 02:32 PM (#2307565)
The great shortstop from the first great Wright brothers in America was analyzed in these threads:

1898 Ballot Discussion

1899 Ballot Discussion

Shortstops Positional Thread

If you know of any others, please let me know.
   2. Guapo Posted: March 06, 2007 at 02:48 PM (#2307569)
He was ROBBED in 1898!
   3. andrew siegel Posted: March 06, 2007 at 03:54 PM (#2307600)
Probably the single player who has moved up the most in my All-Time rankings since we finished with him. Unless your timeline flatly forbids it, he is one of the top 10 SS of All-Time and, therefore, a top half of the HoM guy.
   4. sunnyday2 Posted: March 06, 2007 at 04:17 PM (#2307608)
Arguably the greatest player of the 19C (unless your timeline forbids it). Hughie Jennings with shoulders.
   5. Anthony Giacalone Posted: March 06, 2007 at 04:26 PM (#2307616)
I don't know what you guys are talking about. I remember George Wright and he wasn't all that good -- good centerfielder, a little pop, but nothing special.

   6. OCF Posted: March 06, 2007 at 07:14 PM (#2307732)
Somehow, that George Wright got an MVP vote once. So what was in that writer's morning coffee?
   7. Anthony Giacalone Posted: March 07, 2007 at 02:40 PM (#2308101)
In his defense, Wright II was a gold glove centerfielder, who played everyday in 1983. And Texas was in first place at the half-way point that season. Back then, 18 homers for a good fielder was a lot and we only a very few of us in those pre-Bill James days (his second Ballantyne book had just been published in 1983) cared a whit about things like walks. And there was absolutely no reason to think that Wright would completely collapse after 1983. Through age-24 he was as good or better than Coco Crisp, Bernie Williams, Joe Adcock and Roy Sievers. He just never had a peak for some reason.

Wright severely hurt his shoulder by crashing into the centerfield wall at Comiskey Park in May of 1984 and then strained ligaments in his knee. He missed most of the next two months, but hit well (for him, .790 OPS) in August and September. However, the knee injury really hurt his ability to play center and when his bat disappeared in 1985, he was basically done.

Other Wright II notes: Dave Winfield vetoed a trade in 1984 that would have sent Wright, Larry Parrish and Danny Darwin to the Yankees for Winfield.
   8. sunnyday2 Posted: March 07, 2007 at 06:44 PM (#2308254)
Wow. That George Wright has now been discussed by the HoM more than that George Wright!
   9. Mark Donelson Posted: January 28, 2011 at 03:21 PM (#3738053)
Curtis Granderson tweeted about Wright today: "Hall of Famer George Wright was born on this date in 1847. Google him!"

What are the odds he's the only active major leaguer who's ever heard of Wright? Maybe we should invite him to vote in our elections. ;)
   10. sunnyday2 Posted: February 09, 2011 at 11:50 PM (#3747213)
Wow, THAT George Wright's first mention in almost 4 years. But of course his prime was 140 years ago. Any of you guys see him?

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