Beals Wright, Honest John Morrill, & Templeton Craig Signed Document Sheet

Beals Wright (D. 1961) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the son of Cincinnati Red Stockings great George Wright and nephew of Cincinnati Red Stockings team founder Harry Wright. In 1890 Beals Wright travelled with his father George to California where he played at the Delmonte Tennis Championship in Monterey. George Wright managed the team the same year he coached at Harvard. Two Harvard University players participated in the DelMonte Tournament, which was the first time east coast players took on California tennis champions.

Wright played at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics and won Gold medals in both the singles and doubles competition. He also won three consecutive singles titles (1904–1906) at the tournament now known as the Cincinnati Masters, and reached the doubles final (with Edgar Leonard) in 1904. Wright won the Canadian Tennis Championship, played in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in 1902, 1903 and 1904. In 1902 he won the Niagara International Tennis Tournament, also played in Niagara-on-the-Lake, by defeating Harold Hackett in the final in five sets and the default of Raymond Little in the challenge round.

Wright's most important victory came in 1905 when he won the men's singles title at the U.S. National Championships by defeating reigning champion Holcombe Ward in the Challenge Round in straight sets 6–2, 6–1, 11–9. Beals was the brother of Irving Wright, the 1917 and 1918 U.S. Championship men's doubles champion. Together they won the men's doubles title at the Canadian Tennis Championship four times (1902, 1903, 1904, 1905). Beals Wright was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1956.

JOHN F. MORRILL (1876-1890 Major League player and manager for Boston & Washington, Won National League pennant in 1877, 1878 & 1883 a teammate of George Wright he died in 1932)

Temple F. Craige (D. 1915 at the age of 56, two years after almost dying in a car accident where he drove his car into a body of water). Craige, along with George Wright, Sam MacDonald, and Fred Mansfield of tennis fame is credited for playing in one of the first golf foursome’s in the United States in 1910.

Additional Signers include:

J. WALTER SPALDING (D. 1931) (the brother Albert Spalding the baseball HOF’er) plus two others

Offered is a cut document that measures 8.5” x  5” in size and comes with the original top half from April of 1908 from a board of directors meeting for the Sporting Goods Company (owned by Baseball Hall of Famer, George Wright).



Item: 11002

Price: $495.00
Beals Wright, Honest John Morrill, & Templeton Craig Signed Document Sheet