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Wilbur Wood SI Cover A friend recently asked me a great baseball trivia question: Which MLB pitcher holds the post-1900 record for most games started over two consecutive seasons? My gut reaction was it had to be someone in the first decade of the twentieth century. When he said it was set after 1970, I correctly guessed Wilbur Wood of the Chicago White Sox. Wood, pictured here on a 1973 Sports Illustrated cover, was a steady knuckleball hurler who started 49 games in 1972 and 48 in 1973 to set the record of 97 starts over two consecutive seasons! Wood's career pretty much ended in May 1976 when a line drive shattered his kneecap. After a long rehab session, Wood returned to baseball but was not nearly as skillful on the mound as he had been before the injury.
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Added: 27th April 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-04-27 
One of the few brightspots the Pale Hose had.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-27 
Back when the White Sox wore red socks too!
Posted by: TheSaint on 2009-04-27 
Didn't he win 20 games and have the distinction of losing 20 also?
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-04-28 
Yes, indeed: In 1973 Wilbur Wood won 24 games and lost 20! You don't see that happen too often. Wood lost 20 games on one other occasion too.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-04-28 
The White Sox wore red from '71 to 75. Those uniforms looked better than those hideous '76 to '81 uniforms. I wouldn't mind seeing those uniforms in a throwback game.
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