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.