Walter C. Wright – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
McDonogh 35 High School/Xavier University/Negro Leagues
A star pitcher for Willow Junior High, McDonogh 35 High and Xavier University in New Orleans, Walter Wright later developed into an outstanding professional pitcher and outfielder in the Negro Leagues with the New Orleans Athletics, St. Raymond Crescent Stars and Black Pelicans during the period of 1930-40.
When his playing days ended, the well-educated Wright (in addition to his degree from Xavier in 1934, he earned a master’s degree from Duquesne and studied at Texas, Wayne State and Nicholls State) taught in New Orleans public schools and eventually became the director of continuing education.
He still remained very active in baseball, however, coaching Little League Baseball and working with youth groups through the Council of Social Agencies. In 1961, Wright had the distinction of winning three city championships with three different teams – 10, 11 and 12 year olds. In 1959, Wright organized the Oldtimers Baseball Club to preserve the memory of Negro League Baseball in New Orleans. The club, included as many as 150 former Negro League players and Wright served as the group’s president for 27 years. Through his efforts, Wright almost single-handedly kept alive the history of Negro League Baseball in New Orleans.
He died on March 4, 2002, at the age of 89.