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Smoky Joe Wood

Address: 123 S. Pennsylvania Ave
Ness City, KS 67560
Telephone Number: 785.798.3298

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Smoky Joe Wood  started his baseball career in Ness City, Kansas.  He first played town team ball in 1906 when he was sixteen years old. In September of 1906 the “Bloomer Girls” came to Ness City.  The town team beat the Bloomer Girls with the help of Joe pitching. After the game, the Bloomer Girls manager asked Joe to join the team, thus his professional career started.

Joe went on to be a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1908-1916 and then was traded due to injury to the Cleveland Indians where he played outfield from 1917-1922. While with the Red Sox, Smoky Joe struck out 15 St. Louis Brown batters on July 7, 1911.  He pitched a no-hit, no-run game against St. Louis Browns on July 29, 1911. He won three games against New York Giants in 1912 World Series.

The only players known to compete in the World Series as pitchers and later as outfielders were Joe Wood and Babe Ruth. Smoky Joe was considered by many to be one of the most versatile and natural athletes that ever lived. 

An informational display is located the the Ness County Historical Museum.
Open Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.


contact info
Ness County Chamber Of Commerce
102 W. Main, P.O. Box 262
Ness City, KS 67560
Phone: 785.798.2413
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