Joe Wood - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

“Smoky” Joe Wood (1889-1985) was the first pitcher in history to strikeout more than 10 batter in a single World Series game, fanning 11 Giants in the 1912 Fall Classic. Joe Wood was one of the hardest throwing pitchers of the early 1900s, earning him the nickname Smoky for his fastball, and enjoyed much success with the Boston Red Sox from 1908-1915. In 1911, at the age of 21, Smoky Joe no-hit the St. Louis Browns winning 5-0. At the age of 22, Wood pitched to a 34-5 record, a .872 winning percentage with 35 complete games, 10 shutouts (all league leading numbers) and added 258 strikeouts in 38 games played. In two epic battles with two of the games’ greatest pitchers, Hall of Famers Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson, Wood held Johnson’s Senators to two hits in a 1-0 victory, and beat Mathewson’s Giants in Game 8 of the 1912 with the help of a Fred Snodgrass error and teammates Tris Speaker and Larry Gardner runs. After a thumb injury in 1913, severely limited his pitching time, now a member of the Cleveland Indians (1917-1922) was moved to the outfield where he posted respectable numbers hitting .297 with 432 hits, 266 runs and 325 RBI over 6 seasons. Wood was a member of three World Series champions (1912, 1915, 1920) had 2 20-win seasons and one 30-win season. Smoky Joe Wood retired posting a career 117-57 record with a .672 winning percentage, 989 strikeouts, 121 complete games and a 2.03 earned run average. Joe Wood Went on to coach Yale University’s baseball team and had a record of 283-228-1 over 20 years.



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2 EX-MT 6
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