Joe Wood and Tris Speaker

Joe Wood and Tris Speaker

After Joe Wood’s stellar career as a pitcher ended in his mid-twenties, the Indians acquired him, Tris Speaker’s old Red Sox roommate. The $15,000 that Tribe owner James Dunn paid Boston to acquire him far exceded his market value at the time. Wood responded by reinventing himself as a position player for the Indians, culminating in a .366 batting average in 1921. (BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, PRINT DEPARTMENT)

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