Year Inducted: 1991
Nominated By: Sam Corsentino
Sports Competed In: N/A
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Contributor
● Attended 12 grade schools in five different states and two High Schools
● Graduated from Pueblo Centennial H.S., on May 28, 1931 (he weighed 120 lbs.)
● Attended School District No. 20's "Opportunity Night School" at Pueblo Central H.S. in 1936.
● Father drafted into infantry 1918, got TB and never returned home and Wright's mother was an Army Nurse and sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas.
● In 1925 the family was moving from Topeka, KS to Oregon and the car broke down in Pueblo and they stayed.
● For two years (1925-26) he caddied at the Pueblo Country Club and sold the Pueblo Chieftain (papers) at 6th & Main.
● Later received two paper routes and got six cents per week per paper (papers cost 15 cents a week).
● In 1926, volunteered in Boys Department a YMCA (for his membership) in charge of games, swimming pool and locker rooms.
● Three years later (1929), started teaching eight and nine year old boys swimming and swam for the older boys team.
● The Stock Market Crash of 1929 took his savings of $75.00 and so he hitch-hiked to Missouri and worked on a farm and went to high school for two months.
● For the next 18 years (1930-48), he lived at the YMCA in room 401 until he got married.
● Was a lightweight participant at Hinsdale Elementary for two years (1926-27, also played softball too).
● His team played against college teams from Lamar to Trinidad to Alamosa in the AAU tournaments.
Played for the following teams:
● Bear Axel (1939-50).
● Fountain Sand & Gravel (1950-51).
● Ladd Lumber (1951-52).
● Also played against pro teams for fundraisers for Elks charities:
● The All-American Red Heads girls team (met seven times).
● Harlem Globe Trotters with Marques Haynes, Al Pullins and "Goose" Tatum.
● New York Broadway Clowns.
● Played for several area baseball squads:
● American Legion (1928-29).
● Robinson-Gardner (second base).
● The Pueblo Chieftain (second base).
● Boone Merchants (1946-48).
● Eagles Lodge for a season (1949) before he sprained his knee and eventually ending his playing days.
Participant on the Y Swim Team.
● Volunteer Official Timer at Pueblo Catholic High (1947-48).
● Junior Board of Directors - City YMCA.
● Charter Member of the Centennial Booster Club - 1955.
● Charter Member College Booster Club 1957-1991 (present): Pueblo Junior College; Southern Colorado State College; University of Southern Colorado.
● Charter Member of the “Y" Men’s Club of Pueblo, Colorado in 1948.
● Contributor to Runyon Field and Boy’s Baseball Leagues.
Worked Bear Axel Wheel Service and taught swimming at the YMCA.
Lived in Pueblo, CO with his wife, Mary V. Bolton...Passed away in October 8, 1994.