Charles Asher Wood
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Born in Spartanburg, S.C., Spades Wood pitched 122 innings in two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1930, he put together a 4-3 record, but finished with a 5.12 earned run average. The next season, he finished 2-6 with a 6.05 earned run average.
Wood was the pitcher during one of baseball's stranger plays. In a game on June 12, 1931, the Giants led the Pirates, 7-2, in the 9th inning and Spades Wood was on the mound for Pittsburgh. Wood walked Mel Ott to lead off the inning.
Travis Jackson and Johnny Vergez flied out. Then, Hogan singled to left with Ott moving to second base. Spades Wood struck out Freddie Fitzsimmons, but the third strike was a wild pitch. Ott scored from second.