At a banquet when the club returned, Aaron
Champion, the president of the Red Stockings, was obviously ecstatic.
"Someone asked me today who would rather be
- President Ulysses S. Grant or President Champion of the Cincinnati
Baseball Club. I immediately answered him that I would by far rather be
the president of the baseball club," Champion said.
Other teams began employing professional
players and soon the original Red Stockings broke up. Even Harry Wright
left Cincinnati, taking over a team in Boston after the 1870 season. He
later moved to Providence and then to Philadelphia.
Wright compiled a lifetime winning
percentage of .610 and retired after the 1893 season. Two years later
the man who brought professional baseball to Cincinnati and brought fame
to the Cincinnati Red Stockings died at the age of 60.