Kerry Lee Wood is an American former baseball pitcher who played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees. Wood first came to prominence as a 20-year-old rookie when he recorded 20 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout against the Houston Astros, which some have argued may be the greatest single-game pitching performance in MLB history. The game also made Wood the co-holder of the MLB record for strikeouts in a single game, and earned Wood the nickname Kid K. He was later named the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year. Wood would go on to record over 200 strikeouts in four out of his first five seasons, with a high of 266 in 2003, and holds several MLB strikeout records. Though he struggled with injuries throughout his career, Wood was twice named an All-Star. Wood transitioned to a relief pitcher in 2007 due to continued struggles with injuries, ultimately reviving his career as a closer.
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About Kerry Wood
1998 National League Rookie of the Year who was a 2-time All-Star as a starting pitcher on the Chicago Cubs.
Kerry Wood Before Fame
He was drafted 4th overall by the Cubs in the 1995 Amateur Draft after being scouted for his pitching in high school.
Achievement of Kerry Wood
He and Roger Clemens were the first two pitchers to strikeout 20 players in an MLB game.
Kerry Wood Family Life
He married Sarah Pates and together they had two daughters and a son.
Associations of Kerry Wood
Towards the end of his career, he pitched for the Yankees in front of legendary closer Mariano Rivera.
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- National League strikeout champions
- Orlando Rays players
- Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award winners
- Arizona League Cubs players
- Daytona Cubs players
- Tennessee Smokies players
- Peoria Chiefs players
- Akron Aeros players