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Walter C. Wright

Died: March 4, 2002


Walter C. Wright, a former Negro League baseball player, died on March 4, 2002, at the age of 89.

During the 1930s, he was a a pitcher and outfielder for the New Orleans Athletics, St. Raymond Crescent Stars and Black Pelicans.

He was born in Natchez, Miss., and graduated from Xavier in 1934.  He also held a master's degree from Duquesne and studied at Texas, Wayne State and Nicholls State.  Following baseball, he worked in public schools in New Orleans, eventually becoming the director of continuing education.  Following his career in education, he worked for Liberty Bank and Trust Co. as a business developer until the retired at 80.

In 1957, Wright was the organizer for the Old Timers Baseball Club.  The group included 150 former Negro League players.  

Wright became a member of the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

Walter C. Wright, a Negro League baseball player, died at age 89. During the 1930s, Wright was a pitcher and outfielder for the New Orleans Athletics, St. Raymond Crescent Stars and Black Pelicans. In 1957, he organized the Old Timers Baseball Club, comprised of 150 baseball players from the former Negro League.

Source: Associated Press