Smoky Joe Wood

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

Smoky 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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In 1912 Joe Wood won 34 games, pitched 35 complete games and threw 10 shutouts

In 1912 Joe Wood won 34 games, pitched 35 complete games and threw 10 shutouts

A 14-year Major League veteran, Smoky 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 case for the Hall of Fame. His 1912 season stands the test of time. Wood’s 34 wins, .872 winning percentage, 35
Joe Wood appeared on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot in 9 times from 1936-1951

Joe Wood appeared on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot in 9 times from 1936-1951

Smoky Joe Woods’ 1912 season is one of the best of all time. As of 2021 his 2.03 career ERA ranks 5th all time. Only 10 pitchers have a higher winning percentage than Wood’s lifetime .672 mark. His numbers put him in the conversation for Cooperstown. Wood received votes on the writers

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