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This profile was last updated on 5/22/06  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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    Mexico City Reds
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SITT - Bill Wright
thediamondangle.com, 22 May 2006 [cached]
Wright was the consensus favorite to be 1997's Negro League Hall of Fame inductee.However, at age 82, time was not on his side.
The man from Milan Tennessee was nicknamed "Wild Bill" as a teenager because of his wildness as pitcher for the semi-pro Milan Buffaloes.The following year, 1932, he joined the Elite Giants of Nashville.By the time the Elite Giants had moved from Nashville to Columbus to D.C. before settling in Baltimore in 1938, Wright had become the franchise's anchor.
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The Baltimore Afro-American reported in 1939 that "Besides being the fastest man in the league, Bill Wright, the sensational outfielder of the Baltimore Elite Giants is also the best hitter, according to statistic released Monday by Cum Posey.Ieague secretary."
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Runners would never take any liberties on Wright."Often called a Dave Parker look-a-like by Hall of Famer Monte lrvin, the switch-hitting Wright would probably have been a 40-40 man had he played in the major leagues.
Yes, Wright hit an incredible .488 that 1933 season. forty-eight points better than the much-publicized Josh Gibson hit that year for the Homestead Grays.After winning the Negro National League batting crown he jumped to the jingle of Mexican pesos for the 1940 season.Down in Mexico he quickly became a superstar with batting averages well over .300, and even won the triple crown in 1943 as a member of the Mexico City Reds.That year, this drag-bunting stud just missed the stolen base title by a single theft.A national hero in Mexico, he was elected to their Hall of Fame in 1982, an honor he may never receive stateside.
As an All Star, he appeared in eight East-West games and belted out a .333 average and a slugging percentage of .407 is 27 at bats.He fared equally well against white major leaguers, hitting .371 against power pitchers like Ewell Blackwell, Dizzy Dean, Bob Feller, Max Lanier and Bobo Newsome in postseason affairs.A frightful foe, Wright could break down a pitcher quicker than a policeman's integration of a homicide suspect.
After a quarter of century of professional baseball, Wright retired to Mexico to establish a popular restaurant called Bill Wright's Dugout in Aquacalinetes.This fleet man who was once the Jesse Owens of black baseball, lived in his last years confined to a wheelchair.He was a gentle man, with a firm handshake.Thc ever-smiling Wright, known for his competitive temperament as a player, was invariably gracious in his elder years.He greeted all comers with a big smile that blasted through his trimmed goateed white beard, as his eyes peeked with a twinkle beneath the sombrero he always wore.
Swift and powerful, always a threat to win a game, Wright will be missed by his former teammates and baseball fans, in both his homeland and adopted home of Mexico.Most importantly, though, he will be missed by future generations of fans if he is not recognized by Cooperstown's elites for his contributions to our national pastime.The time has come for Wright to show his trade in another time, another place.Hopefully his time on earth will be recognized by the right people with his election to baseball's most sacred institution, the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
SITT - Bill Wright
thediamondangle.com, 12 Oct 2005 [cached]
Wright was the consensus favorite to be 1997's Negro League Hall of Fame inductee.However, at age 82, time was not on his side.
The man from Milan Tennessee was nicknamed "Wild Bill" as a teenager because of his wildness as pitcher for the semi-pro Milan Buffaloes.The following year, 1932, he joined the Elite Giants of Nashville.By the time the Elite Giants had moved from Nashville to Columbus to D.C. before settling in Baltimore in 1938, Wright had become the franchise's anchor.
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The Baltimore Afro-American reported in 1939 that "Besides being the fastest man in the league, Bill Wright, the sensational outfielder of the Baltimore Elite Giants is also the best hitter, according to statistic released Monday by Cum Posey.Ieague secretary."
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Runners would never take any liberties on Wright."Often called a Dave Parker look-a-like by Hall of Famer Monte lrvin, the switch-hitting Wright would probably have been a 40-40 man had he played in the major leagues.
Yes, Wright hit an incredible .488 that 1933 season. forty-eight points better than the much-publicized Josh Gibson hit that year for the Homestead Grays.After winning the Negro National League batting crown he jumped to the jingle of Mexican pesos for the 1940 season.Down in Mexico he quickly became a superstar with batting averages well over .300, and even won the triple crown in 1943 as a member of the Mexico City Reds.That year, this drag-bunting stud just missed the stolen base title by a single theft.A national hero in Mexico, he was elected to their Hall of Fame in 1982, an honor he may never receive stateside.
As an All Star, he appeared in eight East-West games and belted out a .333 average and a slugging percentage of .407 is 27 at bats.He fared equally well against white major leaguers, hitting .371 against power pitchers like Ewell Blackwell, Dizzy Dean, Bob Feller, Max Lanier and Bobo Newsome in postseason affairs.A frightful foe, Wright could break down a pitcher quicker than a policeman's integration of a homicide suspect.
After a quarter of century of professional baseball, Wright retired to Mexico to establish a popular restaurant called Bill Wright's Dugout in Aquacalinetes.This fleet man who was once the Jesse Owens of black baseball, lived in his last years confined to a wheelchair.He was a gentle man, with a firm handshake.Thc ever-smiling Wright, known for his competitive temperament as a player, was invariably gracious in his elder years.He greeted all comers with a big smile that blasted through his trimmed goateed white beard, as his eyes peeked with a twinkle beneath the sombrero he always wore.
Swift and powerful, always a threat to win a game, Wright will be missed by his former teammates and baseball fans, in both his homeland and adopted home of Mexico.Most importantly, though, he will be missed by future generations of fans if he is not recognized by Cooperstown's elites for his contributions to our national pastime.The time has come for Wright to show his trade in another time, another place.Hopefully his time on earth will be recognized by the right people with his election to baseball's most sacred institution, the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Wild Bill Wright
www.pitchblackbaseball.com, 3 Aug 1996 [cached]
Burnis "Wild Bill" Wright
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A tall and powerfully-built switch-hitting outfielder, Wright was considered one of the top all-around stars in the Negro Leagues from the mid-30s through the 1940s. Besides having great power from both sides of the plate, and annually posting a high average, Wright was an outstanding outfielder and only Cool Papa Bell could outrun him. He was once timed circling the bases in 13.2 seconds.*
"Wild Bill" got his nickname from his lack of control while pitching on the sandlots of Milan, Tennessee (many thought it came from his super aggressive sliding). When he was offered a tryout with the Columbus Elite Giants in 1932, he was switched to the outfield, where he stayed his entire Negro League career.
Wright batted in the heart of the order, usually third, for the Elite Giants for a decade, and batted as high as .400 several times. He won the Negro National League batting title in '39 with a .488 average in League games.
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In 1936, Wright was chosen (along with Bob Griffith, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Raymond Brown and Buck Leonard, among others) to play with a Negro League All-Star team that entered the Denver Post tournament, bringing together some of the greatest teams outside Organized Baseball.
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Wright played in nine East-West all star games, batting .355 combined. In the '37 game, Wright was the star of stars as he batted third, blasted two singles and a double and led the East to a 7-2 win. He also made the defensive gem of the day when he sprinted in from center to snare a blooper off the bat of Newt Allen.
Wright was the goat in the '45 game when he lost two fly balls in the sun that led to a West's 9-6 victory.#
Wright, who had jumped the Negro Leagues to play in Mexico several times earlier in his career, only to return to the United States, left the Negro Leagues for good in 1945 and played another decade in the Mexican League.
During his many years in Mexico, Wright was one of the most popular players because of his diverse talents and charisma.
One season, Wright led the Mexican League in stolen bases and batting average, and another season he won the Triple Crown (league leader in average, homers and RBIs). That season he also only trailed the league leader in stolen bases by one!
He was elected to the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
After retiring as a player, Wright continued to live in Mexico, and opened a successful restaurant named "Bill Wright's Dugout."
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www.cheap-heat.com, 12 Jan 2015 [cached]
Bill Wright
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Bill Wright
Blackbaseball.com :: Negro Baseball Leagues :: Bill Wright
www.blackbaseball.com, 23 April 2006 [cached]
Bill WrightBlackbaseball.com :: Negro Baseball Leagues :: Bill Wright
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"Wild" Bill Wright(1914-1996)
Big, strong and fast, the switch-hitting centerfielder starred for the Elite Giants franchise for a decade and spent an additional 15 years playing in Mexico.Wright earned the nickname "Wild Bill" as a teenaged pitcher with control problems, but he kept the moniker by running wild on the bases, circling the bases in 13.2 seconds.In 1939 Wright led the Negro National League with a fabulous .488 batting average and finished his Negro Leagues career with a .361 mark.A seven-time All-Star, Wright hit a career .318 in the Negro Leagues East-West classic.In Mexico he captured the Triple Crown in 1943, and was only one stolen base shy of topping that category as well.His performance in the Mexican League earned his election to the Mexican Hall of Fame.Wright moved to Mexico in the early 1950s.In 1958 he appeared on TV's "This Is Your Life" as a surprise celebrity honoring Roy Campanella.Between that appearance he did not return to the U.S. until 1990 when he attended a reunion of Negro League players.
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