Smoky Joe Wood's birthday celebration continues

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:47

Milford - Grab your bats and gloves and slide into the Pike County Historical Society’s festivities of Day Two of the Smoky Joe Wood Day Celebration on Oct. 28. The day honors Shohola native and early major league baseball great, Smoky Joe Wood. The celebration finale begins at the Ann Street Park in Milford at noon, where The Columns Museum will challenge Milford Borough in an old fashioned game of softball. Bring your lawn chairs and watch Milford’s finest step up to the plate in honor of one of baseball’s greats. The day of fun continues at The Columns Museum, located at 608 Broad Street, with face painting from 1:30-2:30, a magic show featuring the illusions of Beverly Suzan from 2:30-3:30, and a Halloween Costume Contest for the kids at 3:30. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. To further entice the senses, Day Two of the celebration will have hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and cold draft root beer available for refreshments. Admission to The Columns Museum is $5 for adults and kids 14 and under are free! Wear your favorite baseball Jersey and receive a dollar off adult admission. Smoky Joe was drafted in 1908 by the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher, and went on to be one of the most beloved and talented players in Major League Baseball history. He was the winning pitcher of three World Series Games against the New York Giants in 1912, topping off his best season (34-5, 1.91 E.R.A., 10 shutouts) which remains one of the best seasons recorded by any major league pitcher ever. To honor the great, in 1977 the Pike County Commissioners declared his day of birth, Oct. 25, and every Oct. 25 to follow, “Smoky” Joe Wood Day in the county. The Pike County Historical Society is proud to honor Joe with two days of celebration in the month of October, ending on Saturday, Oct. 28 with softball game. For more information go to or call 570-296-8126.