11. Wilbur Wood
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 22, 1941 in Cambridge, MA USA
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 30, 1961
  • Final Game: August 22, 1978
  • TSN Fireman of the Year - 1968
  • TSN All-Star - 1972
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1972
 
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Wilbur Wood had bounced around from the majors to minors in two organizations (Boston and Pittsburgh) for a few years, and when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1966 for a Player to be Named Later, nobody really paid attention.

Wood was advised by Hoyt Wilhelm to use the knuckleball as his primary weapon.  This advice helped land Wood a permanent role on the White Sox in 1967, where he would be used out of the bullpen.  It was a great fit, as Wood would be used often, leading the American League in Games Pitched three seasons in a row (1968-70), and set the (now broken) record of 88 Games for a Pitcher in ’68.

The White Sox and Wood thought that he was ready for a starting role, and it was an even better role.  From 1971 to 1974, he would win at least 20 Games, with AL leading 24 Wins in both 1972 and 1973.  An All-Star in three of those years, Wood finished in the top five in Cy Young voting three times, peaking at second in 1972. 

Wood’s career was derailed when a line drive from Ron LeFlore in a 1976 Game broke his kneecap.  He came back, but was never the same and he retired after 1978. 

Overall, Wood would have a record of 163-148 over 2,524.1 Innings Pitched.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a Player to be Named Later (which would be Juan Pizarro) 10/12/66.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1978 Season.
  • Games Played: 578
  • Notable Statistics: 163 Wins
    148 Losses
    286 Games Started
    3.18 ERA
    113 Complete Games
    174 Games Finished
    57 Saves
    2,524.1 Innings Pitched
    1,332 Strikeouts
    3.33 FIP
    1.225 WHIP
    50.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1971, 1972 & 1974)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1971)
    Most Wins (1972 & 1973)
    Most Games Pitched (1968, 1969 & 1970)
    Most Innings Pitched (1972 & 1973)
    Most Games Started (1972, 1973, 1974 & 1975)
    Most Games Finished (1968 & 1970)
    Highest ERA+ (1971)
    Lowest FIP (1918)
    Most Assists by a Pitcher (1972)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1978)

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