George Wright SUPER RARE Multi-Signed Baseball HOF Signed Document D. 1937 John Morrill

Wright (D. 1937) was an American pioneer in the sport of baseball. He played shortstop for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional team, when he was the game's best player. In 1868, Wright won the Clipper Medal for being the best shortstop in baseball. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. He was one of five men to play regularly for both the Cincinnati and the Boston Red Stockings, the latter winning six championships during his eight seasons to 1878. On April 22, 1876, he became the first batter in National League history, and grounded out to the shortstop. Elder brother Harry Wright managed both Red Stockings teams and made George his cornerstone; the brothers are now both in the Hall of Fame. George helped define the shortstop position and on-field teamwork, but his main work as a sporting developer came after retiring from baseball.

After arriving in Boston he entered the sporting goods business, soon under the name Wright & Ditson's. There he continued in the industry, assisting in the development of golf, tennis, and hockey. The history of Wright & Ditson is woven into the early fabric of American sports, from the first Official Ball of the U.S. Davis Cup to the publication of Wright & Ditson's Guide to American Golf as approved by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in 1899. Founded in 1871 by Baseball Hall of Famer George Wright and Boston businessman Henry Ditson, the company began as a purveyor of tennis, golf and baseball equipment. The company was known for its precision craftsmanship from tennis rackets to golf clubs and by the turn of the century, baseball equipment. By the early 1900s, Wright & Ditson stood alone as the singular purveyor of sports equipment and apparel in the U.S.

We offer a gorgeous 9x11 document in fantastic condition from June 6, 1927 that are the signed minutes for the corporate meeting of Wright & Ditson. Includes a perfect George Wright signature, along the other members of the board of directors most of them famous in their own right. These include:
JOHN F. MORRILL (1876-1890 Major League player and manager for Boston & Washington, Won National League pennant in 1877, 1878 & 1883 a team mate of George Wright he died in 1932)
JULIAN CURTISS (Pioneering promoter of golf in USA he helped to design the 1st basketball in association with the game's inventor James Naismith, Curtiss died in 1944)
BEALS WRIGHT (Son of Hall of Famer George he became famous as an early Olympic Gold medalist winning 2 Gold medals in 1904 he won the US Open Tennis championship from 1904-1906 and is a member of the tennis Hall of Fame, He died in 1961)
IRVING WRIGHT (early 20th century tennis star won the 1917 & 1918 US Open beating Bill Tilden). He died in 1953.

George Wright's autograph is exceedingly rare. He was a true baseball pioneer as a player from 1869-1882 and later as a sportsman in Golf, Tennis & Hockey. He was the first batter in the history of the National League. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 and he died that same year. WoW!!!!!

Item: 3146

Retail Price: $3,500.00
Special Offer
Sale Price: $2,495.00
You Save: $1,005.00 (28.71)%
George Wright SUPER RARE Multi-Signed Baseball HOF Signed Document D. 1937 John Morrill