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HALL OF FAMER GEORGE WOOD

Submitted by on Saturday, 10 November 2012

“Dandy,” who played from 1880-92 for Worcester, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cincinnati, was the eighth Canadian to reach the major leagues, and one of only three to come from PEI, along with Vern Handrahan and Henry Oxley.  He was the only Canadian on the Ball Hall’s ballot who had played more than one thousand games, and becomes the second Hall of Famer to hail from PEI, joining 2002 Inductee Don McDougall.

The National League’s 1882 homerun champion also became one of only eight Canadians to manage in the major leagues (143 games with Philadelphia in 1891), and was also one of only six Canadians to umpire in the majors (1886-98).  The gifted outfielder led the National league in putouts (226) in 1883, and in assists (35) in 1890.  His lifetime batting average was .273, collecting 1,467 hits, 228 doubles, a Canadian-best 132 triples, 68 homeruns and 601 RBI while stealing 113 bases.

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