George Wood (baseball)
|George Albert Wood|
November 9, 1858|
Pownal, Prince Edward Island, Canada
|Died: April 4, 1924
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|May 1, 1880 for the Worcester Ruby Legs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1892 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||601|
|Career highlights and awards|
George Albert Wood (November 9, 1858 – April 4, 1924), known by his nickname "Dandy" Wood, was a professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball for 13 seasons from 1880 to 1892, primarily as a left fielder. He played for the Worcester Ruby Legs (1880), Detroit Wolverines (1881–85), Philadelphia Quakers (1886–89), Philadelphia Athletics, (1890–91), Baltimore Orioles (1889, 1892), and Cincinnati Reds (1892). In 1891, he served as both a player and the manager of the Athletics.
Wood's most productive years came with the Wolverines from 1881 to 1885. In 1881, Wood was among the National League leaders with a .421 slugging percentage (10th in the NL), 100 hits (10th in the NL), 142 total bases (9th in the NL), 9 triples (3rd in the NL), and 29 extra base hits (8th in the NL). In 1892, he was the National League's home run champion with 7 home runs and was third in the league with 9 triples. On June 13, 1885 Wood became the first Detroit player to hit for the cycle.
Wood also participated in an early integrated baseball game. The Chicago Tribune reported on the game as follows: "A very singular contest took place at New Orleans‚ La.‚ on April 4‚ 1880‚ when five Northern professionals succeeded in defeating the colored professional nine of that city by a score of 17 to 3." According to the account reported 14 months later in the Chicago Tribune of July 1881‚ Tim Keefe pitched‚ Charlie Bennett caught‚ John Sullivan played first base‚ while Wood and George Creamer "were entrusted with the onerous task of filling the other six positions."
George was the son of Joseph A. Wood and Mary Ann Jenkins of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, and is believed to be the first major league player from PEI, and one of only three in MLB history, along with Henry Oxley and Vern Handrahan. The family moved to Boston in the late 1860s.
- George Wood Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com at www.baseball-reference.com
- The Ballplayers - George Wood | BaseballLibrary.com at www.baseballlibrary.com
- "George (Dandy) Wood inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame", Journal Pioneer, June 22, 2011.
- "Henke, Simpson, Wood named to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame". Montreal Gazette. 2011-01-24. Archived from the original on 2011-01-24.
See also 
- List of Major League Baseball players with 100 triples
- Hitting for the cycle
- List of Major League Baseball home run champions
- List of Major League Baseball saves champions
- List of Major League Baseball player–managers
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Portraits at NYPL Digital Archive
|Philadelphia Athletics (PL/AA) Managers
|National League Home Run Champion