Forest Glenn Wright, a shortstop from Archie, MO, preferred his middle name but also went by “Buckshot.” He was a 5’11” right hander born on February 6th, 1901. He made his first professional appearance with the “D” level Independence Producers in the Southwestern League in 1921, hitting .316 with 22 home runs in 120 games. For the next two seasons, he played with the “AA” level Kansas City Blues, hitting .307 with 25 home runs in 295 contests in the American Association.
1924 would see Wright make his Major League debut with the Pirates, leading the league with 616 at bats and hitting .287 over 153 games with NL third best totals of 18 triples and 111 RBI. His efforts ranked him 11th in the NL MVP Awards voting. He batted third, fourth, and sixth in the order, playing every inning of every game. He had 49 multi-hit games, 14 three-hit games, five four-hit games, and in the second game of a doubleheader on September 16th, he went 5-for-5 with two runs, a double and four RBI in a 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The team went 90-63, finishing third in the NL just three games behind the first place New York Giants.
In 1925, Wright led the NL with 153 games played. He batted .308 with 97 runs (NL 10th), 32 doubles, 10 triples, 18 home runs (NL seventh), and 121 RBI (NL fourth). He batted sixth most of the season, again playing every inning of every game. On June 20th, in a 21-5 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers, he went 3-for-6 with three runs and five RBI, missing the cycle by only a single. It was one of three times that season he missed the cycle by one hit, including a single, triple and a homer on May 27th (five RBI), and a single, double and a homer on August 29th (also five RBI). He finished fourth in the NL MVP vote. Pittsburgh topped the NL by 8.5 games over the Giants at 95-58. The Pirates defeated the Washington Senators in seven games in the World Series, Wright went 5-for-27 with three runs and three RBI, with a double and a homer.
Buckshot had his string of consecutive innings broken on April 19th, 1926, as he was lifted for pinch hitter Eddie Moore in a 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. On April 24th, his consecutive games streak was ended at 316 games (323 including the postseason). It wasn’t all bad news though. He hit .308 through 119 games, with an NL fourth best 15 triples and 77 RBI. He batted mostly cleanup throughout the season. On April 30th, he went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI in a 13-4 victory over the Reds. Pittsburgh finished third in the NL at 84-69, 4.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.
1927 would see Wright hit .281 over 143 games with Pittsburgh. He scored 78 times and knocked in 105. He batted mostly fourth in the order, occasionally filling in the five, six and seven slots. On April 26th, he hit a double and a home run, scoring twice with four RBI in a 9-5 win over the Cardinals. On August 9th, he had a 4-for-4 day, scoring two runs with two RBI in a 7-6 win over the Giants. For the second time in three seasons, the Pirates advanced to the postseason by winning the NL, by 1.5 games over the Cardinals with a 94-60 record. In their four game series sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, Wright went 2-for-13.
Wright would spend his final season in Pittsburgh in 1928. In 108 games he hit a then-career best .310 with 63 runs scored and 66 RBI. He batted mostly cleanup and in seventh, for the first time also appearing at first base (one game), and right field (a few innings). In an 18-4 win over the Phillies on August 2nd, he went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, two walks and five RBI. In fact, he owned the Phillies that season, hitting .471 in 14 games with eight doubles, five home runs and 28 RBI. At 85-67, Pittsburgh finished fourth in the National League, nine games behind the Cardinals for the pennant. He was traded to the Brooklyn Robins after the season for pitcher Jesse Petty and infielder Harry Riconda.
Wright played five seasons with Brooklyn, hitting .289 with 44 home runs and 242 RBI over 434 contests. He finished up his career in 1935 with the Chicago White Sox, going 3-for-25 in nine games before retiring.
All-Time Statline: Five seasons, 676 games, .298/.332/.441, 793-for-2665, 391 runs, 121 doubles, 55 triples, 50 home runs, 480 RBI, 30 stolen bases, 137 walks, 209 strikeouts, 15.6 wins above replacement.