Introducing… Glenn Wright

Missouri born Buckshot Glenn Wright was one of the top shortstops in the Majors during the early years of the Lively Ball Era.  An RBI-machine with a solid glove, Wright excelled at the highest level until injuries left their mark.  Wright held the record for assists amongst shortstops for decades at 601 until Ozzie Smith broke the record.

Buckshot made an immediate splash at the major League level.  Had there been a Rookie of the Year Award in 1924, Wright would surely have brought home the hardware.  He was the only National League middle infielder to reach 100 RBI in 1924–his rookie season.  Glenn chased 111 runners across the dish while leading NL shortstops with 28 doubles and 18 triples.  Defensively he was just as good, setting a record with 601 assists and turning 102 double plays. 

The Pirates were a twin-killing club again in 1925 as Buckshot turned 109 double plays.  His offense, good as a rookie, swelled to superstar status that season.  Glenn led Major League shortstops with 18 homeruns and 121 RBI; no other National League shortstop had more than 59 RBI during the season.  His mighty slugging average of .480 easily topped Major League shortstops and writers took notice of his overall game by giving him enough MVP votes to come in fourth.

Wright matched his .308 batting average of 1925 with an identical mark in 1926.  Although his RBI total was down considerably in ’26, Buckshot nevertheless led National League shortstops in the department.  For the third time in four years, Wright eclipsed 100 RBI in 1927.  The position wasn’t manned by too many run producing monsters during Wright’s time, indicated by his 105 RBI total being the lone 100+ RBI total among Major League shortstops.

Buckshot reached new heights in batting average in 1928 when he led National League shortstops with a .310 mark.  That year he was the only NL shortstop to reach the .300 plateau and his slugging average of .457 was also tops among shortstops.  When Glenn had reached the top, the shortstop began to suffer from injuries.  He missed all but 24 games in 1929 with his new team, the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Brooklyn gave up Jesse Petty and Harry Riconda to get him but didn’t get much for the deal until 1930.

Back on top in 1930, Buckshot paced Major League shortstops with 22 homeruns and 126 RBI.  The hard-hitting shortstop posted a massive slugging average of .543–which topped his position peers easily.  But as soon as Wright recovered from his lost 1929 season, he was limited to just 77 games in 1931. 

Healthy again in 1932, the 31-year-old shortstop led National League shortstops in slugging average; a common occurence for the man from Archie, Missouri.  That year Buckshot was also the lone senior circuit shortstop to reach double-digits in the long ball department.  Wright spent one more injury-plagued year with Brooklyn before ending his Major League days with a brief trial on the White Sox roster in 1935.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,119/R 584/H 1,219/2B 203/3B 76/HR 94/RBI 723/BB 209/SO 407/SB 36/BA .294/SA .447

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    Buckshot was a top run-producing shortstop before they were fashionable. A great RBI man, his short career is what keeps him out of the HOF. Had Buckshot played longer his chances would be there, but as things are, his chances are close to non-existent.

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