Smoky Joe Wood (Joe Woods)


18-year-old Howard Ellsworth Smoky Joe Wood (1889-1985) first played Major League Baseball in 1908, joining the American League's Boston Red Sox. Known as Smoky Joe for his fiery fastball, the Missouri native established himself as one of baseball's most dominant pitchers, winning 34 games in 1912 and helping to lead Boston to two World Series titles (1912 and 1915.)

After a hand injury kept him off the mound for almost two seasons, Wood was traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1917, where he successfully transitioned into an outfielder, pitching rarely, and only in relief appearances. As an Indian, Wood won his third World Series ring in 1920; retiring after the 1922 season.

Despite the premature end to his pitching career, Wood compiled an impressive 117-57 overall win-loss record, a 2.03 earned run average and 989 strikeouts. As a hitter, Wood had a lifetime .283 batting average.

Following his retirement, Wood served as coach of Yale University's baseball team, leading the Bulldogs for 20 seasons.

Thru Person: Rinsland, GeorgeAssociated Name: Boston Red SoxCleveland IndiansYale University

Subject: BaseballWeb Subject: Sports


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CL.310547.030.05Accession Number: 310547Catalog Number: 310547.030.05

Object Name: card, baseballCard, Baseballpostcard, baseballcabinet cardbaseball card

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_1330760

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