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03-06-2013, 10:06 PM
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Newark Eagles select SP Smoky Joe Wood

As a pitcher:
2.03 ERA
147 ERA+ (t-5th all-time)
2 20 win seasons, 1 30 win season

Wood was one of the most dominant pitchers of the early 20th century before a broken thumb forced him to move to the outfield for the final 6 years of his career (where he hit .283/.357/.411 -- a pretty handy trait in a league with no DH.) If he had stayed healthy (or pitched in an era with more modern surgery/physical therapy), he could very well have gone down as one of the greatest starters of all time.

Fun fact from Wikipedia (which never lies!): Walter Johnson once said "Can I throw harder than Joe Wood? Listen, my friend, there's no man alive can throw harder than Smoky Joe Wood!"

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