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. Stamped on the back by Charles Conlon and with period handwritten notes, this is only the second vintage example of this well known image of Wood we have ever seen. The offered photograph from Conlon presents well with some pinholes at the corners and some editorial paint from the Baseball Magazine but it presents really well. One of the best images of Wood in a Cleveland uniform ever offered.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9/10