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Background

Employment History

  • Founder
    Boston Red Stockings
  • President
    National League
  • Captain
    Red Stockings
  • Manager
    The Phillies
  • Manager
    Philadelphia Phillies
  • Manager
    Cincinnati Red Stockings
  • Owner
    Cincinnati Red Stockings
  • Manager
    Philadelphia Nationals

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Charter Member
    National League
  • Founder
    Red Stockings
  • Founder
    Cincinnati Red Stockings
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haulsofshame.com
haulsofshame.com, 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
The letters, including a famous letter written by Jim Devlin to Wright in 1877 (right), were pulled from the auction after the FBI opened an investigation.
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In addition to standing idle as MLB's own baseball history was looted from the Hall and peddled off at auction, another memorabilia-themed travesty occurred during Selig's reign when MLB's 2009 All-Star Game auction featured over fifty rare documents that had originally been bequeathed to the National League in 1895 by baseball pioneer Harry Wright.
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Halper brazenly showed off the documents to Madden who identified the treasure trove as once belonging to Harry Wright and in the years that followed Halper sold off the archive for big money at Sotheby's in 1999, including the sale of a letter presenting Wright and his Boston Red Stockings the 1875 Pennant.
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A dealer recently purchased stolen documents originally willed to the National League by Harry Wright in 1895 (center).
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lthough they were fully aware of the facts and what was transpiring during the FBI investigation, MLB and Selig did nothing to protect or recover the documents that Harry Wright had originally donated to the National League in 1895.
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In essence, Harry Wright, one of the pioneers of the game and the "Father of Professional Baseball" entrusted the National League with his archive and the current MLB leadership turned their backs on the commitment that their predecessors had made in good faith.
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While Selig and MLB can't be held accountable for the inaction and negligence of NYPL officials like Victoria Steele and Tony Marx, they could have taken the initiative to do everything in their power to restore Harry Wright's archive to the NYPL.
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Guzzi, who has been waiting since 2009 to have Harry Wright's stolen papers returned to the New York Public Library, told us, "With the money MLB pulls in, I find it incredulous that the members are not more willing and active in trying to protect its history and honor the wishes of its forefathers."
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I feel that is honestly about 20%-25% of their "value" since there are two (James) Devlin letters and Harry Wright's acceptance letter into the Cincinnati Red Stockings.
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If Harry Wright had not bequeathed his archive the National League in 1895, and his treasure-trove remained in his descendants possession, the Wright family would be sitting on a small fortune worth millions of dollars.
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I implore Selig's successor and MLB to do the right (Wright) thing and get these documents back!
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By 1871, Rogers re-named his printing venture "Rogers & Fitts" at the same address and also umpired games for Harry Wright's Boston Red Stockings in the brand new National Association.
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Rogers assured the fans that the cards would be ready for the June 2nd game scheduled against Chicago and added that the scorecard would again depict Harry Wright (Card No. 1) by popular demand.
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For many years the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings trade card issued by Peck & Snyder was considered the first baseball card and in more recent times competing claims have been made in support of the c.1870 memorial trade card of pitcher Jim Creighton; the 1863 cricket-ticket CDV cards produced by Harry Wright; the 1865 CDV cards featuring Charlie Pabor and Dave Birdsall of the Union BBC of Morrisania; and the "set" of 1866 player CDVs of the Unions of Lansingburgh team created by E. S. Sterry.
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Claims for "first baseball card" have been made for (l to r): an 1863 CDV cricket-ticket of Harry Wright; a memorial trade card featuring Jim Creighton; CDVs of Union BBC players Birdsall and Charlie Pabor and a "set" of 1866 player portrait CDVs of the Union of Lansingburgh team.
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This sequence shows players from the Boston, Philadelphia and Washington teams numbered from 1 to 48. (L to R.): Harry Wright, Boston #1; Levi Meyerle, Phila. #16; Davy Force, Wash. #29; Cal McVey, Boston #48.
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The 1872 Warren CDV photos of Harry Wright and the Red Stockings (right) are included as baseball card issue/series.
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The Standard Catalog Of Vintage Baseball Cards doesn't even recognize the "1871-72 Mort Rogers Scorecards" as a baseball card issue although it does include the 1872 Warren CDV portraits of Harry Wright's Red Stockings as an actual card series.
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No other similar sets or groupings of the cards have ever surfaced but a handful of un-trimmed examples of full score cards featuring Harry Wright, Dave Birdsall and Cal McVey have sold at auctions ranging in price from $6,000 to $12,000 for the Wright.
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Un-trimmed Mort Rogers score card examples of Harry Wright, Dave Birdsall and Cal McVey sold for $12,000, $6,000 and $12,000 respectively.
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Appraiser Lee Dunbar told the owner, "To have this letter with Harry Wright and Spalding on it is tremendous, to have anything with their signature is phenomenal.
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Lee Dunbar's former employer, Sotheby's, handled one of these documents during the 1999 Barry Halper sale-the actual letter awarding Harry Wright the championship pennant of 1875 which was signed by Wright and National Association president (and HOFer) Morgan Bulkeley.
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A letter written by Spalding to Wright during the World Tour of 1874 was sold at REA in 2007.
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Roadshow appraiser Lee Dunbar (far right) appraised the Boston collection at $1 million but the value of the artifacts, including signatures of Harry Wright and A.G. Spalding (left), falls far short of that benchmark.
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Extending beyond Halper, the Schnabel investigation revealed that Lelands Auction house in New York City had purchased and resold stolen probate documents signed by Hall of Famers George Wright and James O'Rourke; Hunt Auctions had sold the stolen will of baseball pioneer Harry Wright; and dealer Jack Heir acted as Schnabel's fence selling many other wills to various dealers and private collectors.
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In particular, Halper owned hundreds of letters stolen from the NYPL's Spalding Collection that were written to baseball pioneer Harry Wright.
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Surprisingly, another item in the Halper collection at one point featured yet another autograph of Tommy McCarthy, an 1887 signed tintype portrait that was once owned by his manager Harry Wright and identified by its exact inscription in the 1921 NYPL Spalding Collection inventory.
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In 2009, a group of letters addressed to Harry Wright appeared in MLB's 2009 All-Star game auction and reports were published in the New York Times and the Boston Herald questioning whether the documents were stolen from the NYPL's Spalding Collection.
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The stolen wills still missing from Probate Court files feature the signatures of HOFers (l to r): Jackie Robinson, Harry Wright, Jimmy Collins and James "Orator" O'Rourke.
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Also still missing are the wills of other Hall of Famers stolen by Schnabel including Jackie Robinson, Jimmy Collins, Joe McCarthy, Jack Chesbro, Roger Connor, Johnny Evers, Harry Wright and a host of others.
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Merkin was also a prominent collector of baseball artifacts and memorabilia with a particular focus on Cuban baseball and the Negro Leagues and throughout his career Merkin created many paintings of baseball legends ranging from 19th and early 20th century baseball pioneers such as Harry Wright and Rube Foster.
Businessman Iver Whitney Adams then ...
www.onlinecrewing.com, 8 Dec 2008 [cached]
Businessman Iver Whitney Adams then courted manager Harry Wright and founded the "Boston Red Stockings" and the Boston Base Ball Club January 20, 1871.
Hauls of Shame - Breaking News
haulsofshame.com, 1 May 2013 [cached]
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
Early stars for the Red Stockings ...
cincinnati-reds.baseball-1st.com, 31 Mar 2007 [cached]
Early stars for the Red Stockings included the Wrights, George and Harry. (In 1871, Harry Wright took most of his best players to Boston, and founded the Boston Red Stockings, now known as the Atlanta Braves.) The Red Stockings were a charter member of the National League in 1876, but was expelled from the league later, in part for violating league rules by serving beer to fans at games.
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When the N.A. formed, Red ...
roy.hartsfield.en.wikimiki.org [cached]
When the N.A. formed, Red Stockings founder Harry Wright and the best players from that team re-formed in Boston and took the nickname with them. :Formerly known as: Boston Braves (1912-1952), and Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965).
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