1977 BASEBALL INDUCTEE
Glenn Wright’s nickname was “Cap” after he moved to Fresno following an eleven-year major league baseball career. However, the Archie, Missouri native was called “Buckshot” when he starred at shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers. Wright was on the World Series champion Pirates in 1925. Pittsburgh was down 3-1 in the series before winning three in a row, besting the great Walter Johnson in the final game.
He was a University of Missouri letterman in football and basketball, but left school in 1921 after signing a contract with the Kansas City Blues of the International League. Wright was the shortstop for the Blues when they won the American Association title and defeated Baltimore in 1923 in the “Little World Series.” In 1924, he was promoted to the Pirates and was a solid contributor for five seasons, batting more the .300 three times and driving in more than 100 runs in three of those years. Wright was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1929, but suffered a sore arm and played in only twenty-four games. The arm healed with rest and, in 1930, Wright had the best individual season of his career. He hit .321 with twenty-two home runs, twenty-eight doubles, and twelve triples for the fourth place team.
For thirty-two years, Wright was a scout for the Boston Red Sox and was helpful in promoting and assisting with the Fresno State baseball program. Wright also was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.