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Must-Click Link: a 100-year-old death threat to Smoky Joe Wood

Feb 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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Tyler Mass at Bugs and Cranks stumbled upon a death threat that was delivered to the great Red Sox hurler Smoky Joe Wood during his outstanding 1912 season.  He has the letter — complete with tons of typos — reproduced over at B&C today.  It’s something to behold.  Given that Wood lived until 1985, it’s safe to say that the conspirators were not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

No word on whether Smoky Joe Wood called the mother of the guy who wrote it and asked about why there was such a distinct lack of civility among postal-net in those days.

  1. Glenn - Feb 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    As a boy, our elderly neighbor use to tell me stories about the old Red Sox teams. He had moved to Boston from England but took to baseball and was a frequent visitor to Fenway as a young man. I loved to hear about Babe Ruth and Tris Speaker, but he always stressed that the most impressive thing that he ever saw was Smoky Joe Wood pitching.

  2. BC - Feb 2, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    He lived until 1985???!?! What, was he like 110 years old? Wow.

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