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Wild Bill Wright


June 6, 1914


1997 in Mexico


Nashville Elite Giants, Columbus Elite Giants, Washington Elite Giants, Baltimore Elite Giants, also 9 seasons in the Mexican League



Hall Of Fame:

Not inducted.


From 1932 to 1945 Wild Bill Wright was a permanent fixture in the outfield of Tom Wilson’s Elite Giants. Joining the Nashville Elite Giants in 1932, Wright delivered a dazzling rookie performance, compiling a .300 average at the plate. By 1938 he was, perhaps, the most dangerous hitter in the Negro National League, turning in an incredible .410 average for that season. Although the records are incomplete, it seems certain from existing box scores and the accounts of his contemporaries that during his 10 seasons with the Elite Giants Wright compiled at least a .350 average at the plate.

A solid and versatile outfielder, Wright represented the Elite Giants organization in 7 East-West games and regularly appeared on the rosters of post-season all-star tournament teams.

In 1940-41 and 1943-44 Wright absented himself from the Elite Giants to play in Mexico where he became a fan favorite. Returning to the Baltimore club for the 1945 season Wright delivered a .376 batting average and earned another All-Star game nomination. At the conclusion of the 1945 season Wright returned to Mexico where he remained for the rest of his career. In fact, having become a national celebrity, and finding racial discrimination in Mexico to be considerably less pronounced than in the U.S. during the 40s and 50s, upon retirement Wright made the decision to take up permanent residency in Mexico. In 1972 he was inducted the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1991 Wright returned to the United States for the first time since 1945 to attend a reunion of Negro Leagues players in Chicago. He died in Mexico in 1997.

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