Friday, February 24, 2017

Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood to Cleveland

On this day, in 1917.

Wood, age 24, had been a great pitcher, but his arm was already worn out.  In that era, pitchers often pitched one game after another with no relief.

Wood went on to be a steady hitter, playing mostly outfield but pitching very occasionally. He retired from baseball in 1922.  He went on to coach the Yale baseball team.

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