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For many folks, talk of the "Wright Brothers" conjures images of Wilbur, Orville, Kitty Hawk and a biplane. But baseball history buffs know better. Harry and George Wright were nationally famous decades before aviation came along! The elder Harry managed George and the other trailblazing 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, then took his powerhouse team to Boston and captured four straight National Association titles. By the time of this stately Old Judge portrait, Harry Wright was five campaigns into a 12-year managerial tenure with the lowly Philadelphia Quakers/Phillies—a franchise perennially hamstrung by miserly ownership. The crowning achievement of Wright’s leadership was the mid-1880s implementation of an innovative "southern trip" for preseason warm-weather conditioning. Soon every team hopped on the annual bandwagon of spring training. Wright’s career came to an end in 1893. He died in October of 1895 and received long-overdue enshrinment in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
Graded 60 EX 5 by SGC. This is the only example at its tier (with one graded higher) among a total of 4 copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting. On par with Cap Anson and King Kelly, Harry Wright is a pinnacle member of the prestigious N173 cabinets. This superior specimen boasts strong image contrast and perfect clarity (right down to Wright’s individual whiskers), with some light general surface wear, a sturdy mount, and a relatively clean blank back. Here is one of the hobby’s most valuable N173 Old Judges—and an ideal visual tribute to the venerable "Father of Professional Baseball." Excellent condition.
Spectacular 1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Harry Wright - SGC 60 EX 5
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