At age 22, he was destined to become one of the greatest baseball players ever.
Named "Smoky" during the 1912 World Series by reporters because of the fire he threw from the pitcher's mound, it seemed in 1912 that all the planets and stars were lining up in "Smoky" Joe Wood's favor.
By then he had 34 regular-season victories, led the American League with 10 shutouts and, in the World Series that year, won three of the four games he pitched, helping Boston win over the New York Giants.
To celebrate, he would ride in the lead car of a parade in downtown Boston.
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The boy from Kansas was the toast of America.
He was born Howard Ellsworth Wood on Oct. 25, 1889, in Kansas City, Mo. He was nicknamed "Joe" as a boy.
When he was 10 years old, the Wood family traveled by covered wagon to Ouray, Colo. On the trip, legend has it that a young Joe Wood traveled in the front seat of the wagon with a baseball glove.
In 1905, the Wood family moved again, to a homestead in Ness City.
There Joe Wood began pitching and playing infield, becoming a western Kansas sensation.
Question: What team did Smoky Joe play for and, in 1912, what fellow Kansan was he matched with to face each other on the mound?
Answer to Sunday’s question: In 1896, William Allen White wrote an editorial asking, "What's the Matter With Kansas?" He told Americans that Kansas was losing population because people were fighting over issues instead of working for solutions.
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