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Forest Glenn Wright, nicknamed "Buckshot" (born February 6, 1901 in Archie, Missouri
Archie, Missouri
Archie is a city in Cass County, Missouri, United States. The population was 890 at the 2000 census.-Geography:Archie is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all land....

 - April 6, 1984), was a former professional baseball player who played short stop in the Major Leagues from 1924-1935. Wright would play for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions...

, Brooklyn Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers are members of Major League Baseball's National League West Division. Established in 1883, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where it was known by a number of nicknames before becoming...

, and Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Chicago, Illinois.The White Sox play in the American League's Central Division. Since , the White Sox have played in U.S. Cellular Field, which was originally called New Comiskey Park and nicknamed The Cell by local fans...

. Wright was a standout minor league player for the Kansas City Blues who in his major league rookie year, set the record for most assists (601) in a season which stood for 56 years (until broken by Ozzie Smith in 1980). On May 7, 1925, he recorded an unassisted triple play
Unassisted triple play
In baseball, an unassisted triple play occurs when a defensive player makes all three putouts by himself in one continuous play, without any teammates touching the ball . In Major League Baseball , it is one of the rarest of individual feats, along with hitting four home runs in one game and the...

 against the Cardinals, tagging out Jim Cooney and future Hall of Famers Jim Bottomley and Rogers Hornsby. That same year he came in 4th in NL MVP voting behind Rogers Hornsby, Kiki Cuyler & George Kelly. The 1925 season also marked the Pittsburgh Pirates winning the World Series against the Washington Senators. Wright was selected by The Sporting News to the first All Star team in 1925 as shortstop.

In 1927, Wright and the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to the World Series but were defeated soundly in 4 straight games by the New York Yankees.

Wright was traded to the Brooklyn Robins in 1928 and named team captain the following season. His tenure in Brooklyn coincided with the name change from Brooklyn Robins to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. Considered a premier shortstop of his generation, Wright suffered a major injury to his shoulder in 1929 which plagued him from then on and contributed to his relatively short career.

Wright finished his career with 1219 hits, 94 home runs, 723 runs batted in and a batting average of .294 over 11 seasons (4153 at bats). He spent the years after his playing days ended as a scout working for the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division. Founded in as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox's home ballpark has been Fenway Park since . The "Red Sox"...

until his retirement in 1974.

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