Smoky Joe Wood

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Birthdate 10/25/1889
Death Date 07/25/1985
Debut Year 1908
Year of Induction
Teams Indians, Red Sox
Positions Pitcher, Right Field

Joe Wood surpassed the 30-win plateau by going 34-5 in 1912. Only 12 other pitchers have won as many as 30 games in a season since 1900.

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Handwritten letter from Smoky Joe Wood

Handwritten letter from Smoky Joe Wood

A 14-year Major League veteran, Joe Wood played for the Red Sox from 1908-1915 as a pitcher and for the Indians from 1917-1922 as an outfielder. Along the way he established a borderline case for the Hall of fame. In this letter Wood writes about ending his playing career for the sake of his kids. &
Joe Wood personal check from December, 1964

Joe Wood personal check from December, 1964

For a brief run, Joe Wood was one of the best pitchers in the big leagues. Wood won a combined 57 games in 1911 and 1912. During his eight years with the Red Sox, Wood won 117 games and lost only 57 while posting an overall earned run average of 1.99. After hurting his arm, Wood reinvented himself a

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