Walter C. WrightBaseball Player
McDonogh HS/Xavier/Negro Leagues
A star pitcher for Willow Junior High, McDonogh Senior High and Xavier University in New Orleans, Walter Wright later developed into an outstanding professional pitcher and outfielder with the New Orleans Athletics, St. Raymond Crescent Stars and Black Pelicans during the period of 1930-40. Eventually, he devoted his talents to coaching, working with youth groups through the Council of Social Agencies. From 1950 through 1960, he taught in the Orleans Parish school system but still coached Little League Baseball, and in 1961 had the distinction of winning three city championships with three different teams – 10, 11 and 12 year old. In 1955, Wright organized the Oldtimers Baseball Club and served as the group’s president for 27 years. It was in this role that Wright, almost single-handedly, kept alive the history of Negro Baseball in New Orleans. In fact, through Wright’s efforts the community has become aware of the Negro players’ contribution to baseball for almost half a century.
[Bio from official 1983 news release]