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5 Yankees Who Have Been Forgotten In History

ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 22: Kerry Wood #39 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 6-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kerry Wood (2010)

Kerry Wood is best known for being one of the game’s top starters and relievers with the Chicago Cubs. As a 20-year old rookie, he set an MLB single-game record when he recorded 20 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout against the Houston Astros.

He went onto win the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year Award and earned two All-Star game trips. Wood then joined the Cleveland Indians in 2009 and after struggling in the first half of 2010, was traded to the Yankees for Andrew Shive, Matt Cusick, and cash.

Wood would be a perfect fit in the Bronx as he pitched to a dominant 0.69 ERA in 24 regular-season games, including 21 straight scoreless appearances. He pitched in seven postseason games for the Bombers pitching to a 2.25 ERA and helping them sweep the Twins of the ALDS before being knocked off by the Texas Rangers in a six-game ALCS.

After his half season in the Bronx, he rejoined the Cubs for two seasons to finish his 14-year career.

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