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Background

Employment History

  • Manager
    Baseball Library
  • President
    National League
  • Captain
    Red Stockings
  • Manager
    Phillies
  • Manager
    Cincinnati Red Stockings
  • Owner
    Cincinnati Red Stockings
  • Manager
    Philadelphia Phillies
  • Manager
    Philadelphia Nationals

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Boston Red Stockings
  • Charter Member
    National League
  • Founder
    Red Stockings
  • Founder
    Cincinnati Red Stockings
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Philadelphia Phillies | BaseballLibrary.com
www.baseballlibrary.com, 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
Harry Wright manager for 1884, and in 1885 the Phillies finished third with their first winning record, 56-54.
Boston Braves | BaseballLibrary.com
www.baseballlibrary.com, 13 Oct 1985 [cached]
A charter member of the National Association, the first professional league, the team called itself the Boston Red Stockings because manager Harry Wright and three other members of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball's first pro team, were on the original club in 1871.
haulsofshame.com
haulsofshame.com, 16 Sept 2013 [cached]
Devlin was pegged a cheater after his involvement in a scheme to throw games was uncovered by baseball officials and his pathetic letters to Wright asking for assistance were cited in works published by Dr. Harold Seymour and his wife Dorothy Mills as originating from the NYPL's Wright Correspondence Collection.
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Considering that Harry Wright originally donated his papers and archive to the National League and Organized Baseball in 1895 it would seen appropriate for MLB to step in and assist the NYPL after the FBI returned the stolen cache of letters to the original consignor who placed them in the 2009 MLB FanFest Auction held by Hunt Auctions.
-MLB's budget for the Alex Rodriguez investigation and for buying the Biogenesis documents and testimony from Tony Bosch (or part of Bud Selig's $20 million annual salary) could surely cover the costs for these historic Harry Wright documents and save some baseball history.
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Back in the 1950s, Dorothy Seymour Mills held Harry Wright's letters in her own hands at the New York Public Library's famous Spalding Baseball Collection.
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A few of the most important documents the Seymour's discovered in the treasure trove of missives were poignant letters to Wright from pitcher Jim Devlin who had been banished for "throwing games" in one of baseball's first gambling scandals.
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The letters were offered by Hunt as a "Cache of Rare 19th Century Letters With Relation to Harry Wright.
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Hunt told the New York Times that his consignor found the stash of letters in a "grandparents estate" while Harry Wright's granddaughter, Pam Guzzi, asked Times reporter Jack Curry, "Why would someone have them if they weren't related to him?
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A letter sent by player Dan Casey to Harry Wright in 1889 appeared as the first "Wright Letters" lot in the 2009 Hunt/MLB catalog before it was turned over to the FBI in 2009 as a document suspected to have been stolen from the NYPL Wright scrapbooks.
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In July, the same letter was posted for sale on eBay in two parts, one of which being Harry Wright's notations written on the letter for his response. The seller ended the auction when contacted by Haulsofshame.com. The cabinet photo of Wright pictured has also been stolen from the NYPL and is currently listed on the NYPL's "Missing List."
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The owner of the stolen Wright letters reached out to collectors on Luckey's forum in late January asking what the value of a Jim Devlin letter to Harry Wright might be. The consignor also posted a link to Haulsofshame.com's "10 Most Wanted National Baseball Treasures" list and pointed to another Devlin letter written to Wright which was also part of the NYPL collection but not part of the Hunt cache he inherited from a grandparent. A collector responded to the consignor's message in February and says that he purchased the documents for his personal collection. "He told me they were returned and his to do whatever he wanted to. The FBI gave him their blessing so I bought them," he said. The buyer also confirmed that the two Devlin letters were in the consignor's possession and that he had been "saving up to purchase one of the Devlin letters, too.
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Viewing Halper's collection at his residence in July of 1977, Bill Madden wrote a feature for his "The Sports Collector" column and highlighted a Devlin letter to Wright and another from slugger Ed Delahanty's father sent to Wright in 1889.
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Viewing Halper's collection at his residence in July of 1977, Bill Madden wrote a feature for his "The Sports Collector" column and highlighted a Devlin letter to Wright and another from slugger Ed Delahanty's father sent to Wright in 1889.
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It's a letter written by James Devlin to Harry Wright.
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It should be noted that the surviving Wright Scrapbook No. 2 (which is still at the NYPL) includes two additional letters from Devlin to Wright dated February 24, 1878 and November 14, 1879.
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Barry Halper sits in his den c.1984 with a stolen 1879 contract signed by Harry Wright hanging on his wall (outlined in red).
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Halper had many other stolen NYPL items including an 1875 letter awarding Boston the pennant documented in the Seymour notes at Cornell (top left); photos of Wright (bottom right) and others with obscured NYPL ownership stamps like the CDV depicted here of Andrew Peck.
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Most notable was a letter to Wright from Morgan Bulkeley awarding Boston the 1875 Pennant and another was an 1879 contract signed by Wright and player Ezra Sutton.
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In addition to documents, Halper also had many rare photographs that exhibited evidence of an NYPL ownership stamp, including several portraits of Harry Wright.
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Harry Wright (inset) never envisioned his letter (center right) on ebay; Protesters say the NYPL is being "Looted" by trustees (right).
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Historians like Mills view the recent give-away of the valuable Harry Wright letters as a similar travesty of scholarship and a violation of the wishes of Harry Wright who bequeathed his baseball archive to the National League and Spalding in 1894 so it could serve as "a nucleus or beginning of a historical collection of memoranda and facts bearing upon our grand national game of baseball.
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The give away of the documents that represented Harry Wright's life's work has come as a great surprise to his great-great granddaughter, Pam Guzzi, who was shaken by the news.
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MLB Commish Bud Selig (left) has made no effort to recover Wright's letters; Baseball artifact thieves have even stolen the codicil to Harry Wright's will that instructed the donation of his personal archive to the National League in 1895 (center). This 1874 Warren cabinet photo of Wright is missing from the NYPL collection and documented as NYPL property in a book by Robert Smith (right).
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UPDATE (July 31, 2013): Another Stolen Harry Wright Document Is Sold At Premier Auctions In Arizona For $2,244; Auction House Now Linked To Two Pages Ripped From Wright's Account Ledger Books In NYPLs Spalding Collection-
On the heels of the New York Post and Haulsofshame.com reports revealing the FBI's return of stolen Harry Wright letters to the 2009 Hunt/MLB All-Star Game auction consignor, Premier Auctions of Arizona has offered and sold yet another document that clearly originated from Harry Wright's personal archive that was donated to the National League in 1895.
The document signed by Harry Wright that is being offered by Premier Auctions (right) fits the description of items stolen from NYPLs Spalding Collection and the "Harry Wright Note and Account Books Collection.
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Approximately 6" x 7 ¾" sheet from a ledger written and signed in black fountain pen while Wright was manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1892, Nm/Mt signature. The sheet was for a road trip to Baltimore that season and "Statement of Baltimore trip Aug. 12/92" is handwritten by Wright on the reverse.
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Daryl Brock, author of If I Never Get Back, a celebrated novel that incorporates Harry Wright as a character, utilized the NYPL collection in his research and recalls viewing the first volume of Wright's "Note and Account Books" which covered the years 1860 through 1871.
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Premier sold the Wright document earlier this evening for $2,244, considerably less than what a legitimate document signed by Wright in ink would command. One collector told us he stayed away from the Premier lot because he believed it was stolen from the NYPL.
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Legitimate documents signed by Wright are very scarce and are worth anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000. There are only a handful of legitimate letters written by Wright in private hands. A Wright letter stolen from the NYPL Harry Wright scrapbooks is also being offered by Huggins & Scott in their current auction.
Businessman Iver Whitney Adams and then ...
1dreamatatime.com, 21 Feb 2012 [cached]
Businessman Iver Whitney Adams and then courted manager Harry Wright along with founded your "Boston Red Stockings" and also the Boston Foundation Ball Golf club January Something like 20, 1871.
Hauls of Shame - Breaking News
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Lifson, of course, wouldn't want to advertise that Olbermann's rare and important CDV of Harry Wright originated with Mike Gutierrez.
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That's not to mention that our last report indicated that there may be four unidentified cricket CDVs missing from Harry Wright's donated archive at the New York Public Library.
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Historian John Thorn wrote about the same book in Treasures of the Hall of Fame stating, "It was presented to Samuel Wright, father of Harry and George in 1858, on his Benefit Day at the St. George Cricket Club, Elysian Fields, Hoboken, where the English-born Sam was the cricket professional and Harry and George two of the key players (Harry by 1854, George beginning in 1861)."
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Historian John Thorn wrote about the same book in Treasures of the Hall of Fame stating, "It was presented to Samuel Wright, father of Harry and George in 1858, on his Benefit Day at the St. George Cricket Club, Elysian Fields, Hoboken, where the English-born Sam was the cricket professional and Harry and George two of the key players (Harry by 1854, George beginning in 1861)."
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CDVs were, unlike the majority of the photographs in both collections, actually commissioned and created by Harry Wright.
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The 1997 Butterfield auction description said the CDV album being offered featured 30 CDV's of Wright family relatives when it actually included at least 1/3 of the group as easily verifiable cricket CDV's featuring both George and Harry Wright as well as two copies of the well known Matthew Brady image featuring Sam and Harry Wright.
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The 1997 Butterfield auction description said the CDV album being offered featured 30 CDV's of Wright family relatives when it actually included at least 1/3 of the group as easily verifiable cricket CDV's featuring both George and Harry Wright as well as two copies of the well known Matthew Brady image featuring Sam and Harry Wright.
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Not only was the provenance not disclosed, but the description of the CDV photo album was clearly misrepresented as simply a family photo album when it had two copies of the well-known Harry and Sam Wright Brady CDV and at least nine others with cricket poses and cricket equipment visible.
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This rare cabinet card of Harry Wright (left) and an 1869 Red Stockings trade card (right) were both stolen from the Hall of Fame, but were photographed before they vanished sometime in the 1980s. The theft of both relics is unimpeachable proof that Wright-related materials have been stolen from Cooperstown.
Then consider the fact that a heist occurred at the Hall of Fame in the 1980s which resulted in the wrongful removal of what is believed to have been millions of dollars in baseball artifacts, documents and photographs from the National Baseball Library. At least one rare portrait of Harry Wright has been documented as having been stolen from Cooperstown. Unimpeachable proof that a rare Kalamazoo Bat cabinet card of Wright was stolen from the museum is illustrated in several of the Hall's annual Induction Day yearbooks.
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Today, only one of those cabinet cards of Harry remains at the library while the other four are missing and likewise the victims of theft. The 2013 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the value of the Harry Wright K-Bat cabinet between $30,000 and $60,000.
In addition, a Peck & Snyder trade card featuring the Wright Brothers and their 1869 Red Stocking ball club has also vanished from the Hall after being documented via photograph in 1983 as part of a SABR photo shoot. A similar card just recently sold at Legendary Auctions for over $80,000, while another offered by Legendary last summer was withdrawn from an auction after it was identified as having been stolen from Harry Wright's NYPL archive as part of the Spalding Collection.
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At least five copies of the Peck & Snyder Reds card were stolen from Harry Wright's collection at the New York Public Library and two of those have since been recovered by the FBI.
The Warren cabinet of George Wright inscribed by his brother Harry (far left) was stolen from the NYPL but documented when it was exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York in the 1950's.
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The 1997 Butterfield offering featured many rare images of George Wright suggesting that the collection originated from George, not Harry.
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Now, consider the theft of those two Cooperstown relics and the fact that the prime suspect in the 1980s FBI investigation into the Hall of Fame robberies was, Mike Gutierrez, the same person who "discovered" the rare CDVs of George and Harry Wright by Jordan & Co. in the Butterfield auction in 1997.
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The photo album of alleged Wright family related CDV's contained more images of George than it did Harry.
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Lot 9 was a photo of Harry Wright, wife and children in 1866. This was apparently with the CDV album. I have no recollection of it. Lot 10 was CDV of Harry and father Samuel.
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After failing to receive an opening bid of $50,000, Robert Edward Auctions has posted a notice stating that the 1863 Grand Match cricket CDV of Harry Wright has been removed from its current sale.
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Robert Edward Auctions has made quite a fussover its offering of an 1863 cricket CDV of Harry Wright in an attempt to establish it as the "First Baseball Card.
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Both Hammond and Crossley also played in the same "Grand-Match" baseball game that Harry Wright did in conjunction with the CDV-tickets.
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The "several cricketers" referred to as playing for New York against Brooklyn on September 19, 1863 are Crossley, Hammond, and Harry Wright."
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In 2000, Lifson wrote in a Sports Collectors Digest article that the Wright CDV was "In fact, the example saved by Harry Wright for his personal collection."
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The materials obviously originated from a Wright family member as it contained mostly family photos and no baseball photos or content with the exception of two 1863 Grand Match At Hoboken Benefit cards (one of Harry Wright and one of Crossley), strongly suggesting the possibility that these very cards were personally used for admission to the grounds by members of the Wright family!"
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But in 2013, rare photographs and CDV's of the "Father of Professional Baseball," Harry Wright, immediately call to mind the myriad of missing portraitsfrom Wright's personal archive housed at the New York Public Library as part of the A. G. Spalding Baseball Collection. There are over twenty missing portraits and tintypes of Wright and close to two-thousand missing documents that were once housed in library scrapbooks made to secure his personal correspondence. In his last will and testament Wright bequeathed his entire baseball archive of papers and photographs to the National League so that it would constitute the "nucleus" of a collection that could one day be studied for insights into the game's earliest days. Hall of Famer and National League president A. G. Spalding incorporated Wright's archive into his own and after he passed away in 1915 his widow decided to donate the entire treasure trove to the NYPL.
In July of 2009 a "rare cache" of Wright's stolen papers appeared in an MLB All-Star Game auction conducted by Hunt Auctions and several of the rare letters addressed to Wright were identified by historian Dorothy Seymour Mills as the exact same documents she held in her own hands while researching at the library in the 1950s. An FBI investigation was commenced and Jack Curry of The New York Timesinterviewed one of Harry Wright's blood relatives, his great-great granddaughter, Pam Guzzi, and reported: "(Guzzi) said her family had few artifacts from Wright's career.
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The Wright family CDV album containing what REA calls the "First Baseball Card" featuring Harry Wright mysteriously appeared in a Butterfield & Butterfield auction in California in 1997.
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When Halper sold his collection in 1999 at Sotheby's, with REA's Rob Lifson as the head consultant, the market was inundated with stolen materials related to Harry Wright.
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The NYPL collection also features one "non-ticket" Jordan CDV of an "unidentified" cricket player (Crossley) and a Brady CDV of Sam and Harry Wright that bears no NYPL ownership stamps on its reverse.
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Another cricket related image included in the Spalding holdings was an E. T. Anthony CDV shot by Matthew Brady of Harry Wright and his father Sam holding cricket equipment.
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Cricket (New York , Anthony.)," which was the Brady image of Harry and his father Sam.
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But in addition to those entries in the actual inventory, Mears added in his own handwriting additional notations which appear to suggest that one additional CDV of Harry Wright and Sam Wright was in the collection as well as "Cricket players (4) Unidentified."
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If we take Mears' notes to encompass the entire cricket related CDVs in the Spalding Collection, it appears that the NYPL is missing another four unidentified cricke
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