Smoky Joe Wood was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history until an arm injury forced what seemed like an early retirement. Contrary to popular opinion he did not reinvent himself as a full-time outfielder with the Indians at first. He tried to make a comeback as a pitcher again in 1917 with little success and it is at that time he decided to try his hand as an outfielder. The offered photograph from 1917 is from the rare transitional period where Wood was still hanging onto his pitching but looking toward his future. This is the only image of Wood still a pitcher but in uniform for Cleveland we have ever seen. Stamped on the back by Charles Conlon (later stamp) but with period handwritten notes, this is the only vintage example of this well known image of Wood we have ever seen. The offered photograph would be in great shape but for a small area of paper loss on the bottom which was done during the development process by Conlon himself and this is either from pooling of chemicals or a faulty spot in the paper. One of the best images of Wood in a Cleveland uniform ever offered.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 6.5/10