Rice Institute Owls football and baseball player George A. "Grandpa" Wood
Black and white photograph of Rice Institute Owls football and baseball player George A. "Grandpa" Wood, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Why was this late great Rice athlete of the early 1920’s called “Grandpa?” In 1919 George was pitching in a kid baseball league. Because he was larger than the other boys, and probably because he was pitching so well, someone on the opposing team yelled out calling him ‘Grandpa!’ the name stuck, and that is what he was called through South End Junior High, Central High, Rice Institute, and in professional baseball. The peak time of a stellar career for this gifted athlete would be the 1924-25 school year. In the fall he led Rice to a 19-6 victory over traditional rival University of Texas by throwing two touchdown passes. In the spring of ’25 he beat the Longhorns, who lost so seldom, by 8-3. He also had pitching shutouts over Arkansas and T.C.U., and the latter win knocked the Horned Frogs out of their first SWC title. Wood was All-SWC. He was captain of the ’23 Rice Owlet frosh grid team that was undefeated. He was a top SWC player in the mid twenties, worthy of All-SWC honors, but phenomenal contemporaries presented him the reward-such luminaries as Joel Hunt and Mule Wilson of A&M, Gerald Mann of SMU, Herman Clark of TCU, and Mack Saxon of Texas. George Alexander Wood lived his entire life in Houston, where he was born on August 18, 1903 to M/M Edgar Scott Wood. His older brother was Charles Edgar, and younger sister was Annie May. His father owned the Texas Map and Blueprint Company, and his mother ran the firm after his father died when George was thirteen. It was around that time he became known as “Grandpa” and went on the [sic] become a star athlete for Central High and then Rice Institute prior to his pro ball years. Ask any Rice ex or Houstonian fan of the Owls of the 1920’s about the top athletes of that period of the school history, and the name of “Grandpa” Wood is sure to come up. Any man who could lead little Rice to victory over mighty Texas in both football and baseball in the same school year did man an impression.
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