Former Athlete Walter Wright Dies
.c The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Walter C. Wright, a retired educator and Negro leagues baseball player and historian, is dead at age 89.
Wright, who died Monday at Tulane Medical Center, Wright was a pitcher and outfielder for the New Orleans Athletics, St. Raymond Crescent Stars and Black Pelicans during the 1930s.
In 1957, he organized the Old Timers Baseball Club, which had 150 baseball players from the former Negro leagues. He was elected to the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.
Born in Natchez, Miss., Wright was a 1934 graduate of Xavier. He earned a master's degree from Duquesne in 1961 and did postgraduate work at the Texas, Wayne State and Nicholls State.
He began work in the New Orleans public schools in 1949. During the summers of his teaching years, Wright was beach manager for Lincoln Beach on Lake Pontchartrain.
In 1966, Wright was appointed supervisor of the adult basic education program and was later appointed director of continuing education for the New Orleans public school system.
He received Louisiana's Outstanding Administrator Award in Adult Education for 1973-74. He was listed in ``Who's Who in Education.''
At 65, he retired from New Orleans public schools and became business and community development director for Liberty Bank and Trust Co. He retired from that position at 80.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne E. and Eric A. Wright; a daughter, Genelle W. Gibson; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass will be said Saturday at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, followed by burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.