Beals Wright

Birth Name:
Beals Coleman Wright
Birth Date:
December 19, 1879
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts
Death Date:
August 23, 1961
Place of Death:
Alton, Illinois
Cause of Death:
Natural causes
Cemetery Name:
Holyhood Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
A graduate of Harvard University, Beals Wright was an accomplished tennis player, winning gold medals in men’s singles and doubles at the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games, U.S. championships in men’s doubles in 1904, 1905, and 1906, and the men’s singles in 1905. Beals was a member of the Davis Cup team for five years between 1905 and 1912, and was ranked in the top ten U.S. tennis players for ten years. After his playing days ended, he continued in the sport as a referee and as a promoter of tennis tournaments. Beals Wright was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (then called the Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame) in 1956.

Fun Fact

The Wright family were quite the athletic bunch. Father George Wright was known as the “King of Baseball,” and the greatest shortstop of his time when baseball was in it’s infancy. Uncle Harry found success in the midwest as a player-manager of the fledgling Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional base ball team in America. In 1869, the first year that the National Association of Base Ball Players permitted professional players, George signed a contract to play for his brother in Cincinnati for an astounding $1,440 per year. George earned his impressive paycheck. During his two seasons with Cincinnati he was regarded as the greatest star in the game.

Both Harry and George Wright are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Holyhood Cemetery

584 Heath Street

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 02467


North America


Grave Location:

Field of St. Mary

Grave Location Description

The Wright Family monument stands at the corner of the intersection of St. Mary’s Avenue, Carroll Avenue and White Avenue.

Grave Location GPS

42.31974269, -71.16796335



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