Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend

Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend

by Gerald C. Wood
Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend

Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend

by Gerald C. Wood

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Overview

WINNER OF THE 2014 SEYMOUR MEDAL sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research and finalist for 2014 SABR Larry Ritter Award

Though his pitching career lasted only a few seasons, Howard Ellsworth “Smoky Joe” Wood was one of the most dominating figures in baseball history—a man many consider the best baseball player who is not in the Hall of Fame. About his fastball, Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson once said: “Listen, mister, no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood.” 

Smoky Joe Wood chronicles the singular life befitting such a baseball legend. Wood got his start impersonating a female on the National Bloomer Girls team. A natural athlete, he pitched for the Boston Red Sox at eighteen, won twenty-one games and threw a no-hitter at twenty-one, and had a 34-5 record plus three wins in the 1912 World Series, for a 1.91 ERA, when he was just twenty-two. Then in 1913 Wood suffered devastating injuries to his right hand and shoulder that forced him to pitch in pain for two more years. After sitting out the 1916 season, he came back as a converted outfielder and played another five years for the Cleveland Indians before retiring to coach the Yale University baseball team.

With details culled from interviews and family archives, this biography, the first of this rugged player of the Deadball Era, brings to life one of the genuine characters of baseball history.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496211422
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 08/06/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 440
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Gerald C. Wood is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Carson-Newman University and coeditor of Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations 000
Acknowledgments 000
Introduction: Bart at 90 Marvel Road 000
1. John F. and Howard E. 000
2. Bloomer Girl and Minor Leaguer 000
3. Rookie and More 000
4. The 1912 Regular Season 000
5. The 1912 World Series 000
6. Playing with Pain 000
7. Indian Outfielder and Utility Man 000
8. Glory Revisited 000
9. The Yale Years  000
10. Final Innings  000
11. Legend and Legacy 000
Epilogue: Fenway Park, August 17, 2008 000
Notes 000
Bibliography 000
Index 000

What People are Saying About This

Charles C. Alexander

“Exhaustively researched, Gerald Wood’s Smoky Joe Wood is the first full-scale biography of a great pitcher whose mound career was ruined by arm trouble and who then reinvented himself as a fine outfielder. A member of three World Series champions, Joe Wood lived a fascinating life. It’s a life well rendered by someone who clearly loves his subject.”—Charles C. Alexander, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Ohio University and author of thirteen books on history and baseball

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