Legends On Deck

Star

Star

Star! His nickname all his playing days. But Andre was his name Growing up. He was smooth at shortstop. However, he looked the part and played there very well. 

After, the 1976 local season. Andre went off to play college ball at Jacksonville State University “The Gamecocks.” in the state of Alabama. In short, as a Jacksonville State University Gamecock. He only played the 1977 season there.

Andre heads to the Minors.
Star

Andre Wood

Therefore, to this day Wood, still has the second-highest batting average in Gamecocks history. Saw this as an opportunity to play minor league baseball. However, international players were not drafted in the MLB draft at that time. They were only sighed as free agents in those days.  

Playing Minor League Baseball
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Andre Star Wood

The Blue Jays signed Andre as a free agent in 1978. Where played short season-A level New York Penn league. His fast start at short season-A resulted in his promotion to single-A. He finished the year hitting .274 and a 118 hits season. Meanwhile, at home, we were so proud of him. 

Year two:
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Andre Star Wood

However, in 1979 at the age of 20. Andre spent the whole season in the Florida State League with the Dunedin Blue Jays. Also, in 79, he got his career 130 hits that season. Soon, Andre was heading for another promotion at the end of the season. 

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Andre Star Wood

On to Double-A

As a result, his play in 1979 came a promotion to double-A Knoxville Blue Jays. Andre played three years straight for Knoxville Blue Jays. This resulted in him collecting 303 hits during that span. 

Andre Wood

Blue Jays Minor League team

Likewise, in his 5th season. Andre was promoted to triple A. Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. Subsequently, this team had most of the Blue Jays future stars in waiting. To say it another way. In this case, the team was stacked up. In short, after 18 games. Andre was sent back to double-A to finish the year there. 

Time to hang it up:
Andre Wood

Andre Wood

Andre called it quits. After six minor league seasons. And in the meantime, He was not heading back to the minor leagues. Eventually, he showed up to help out at our local training camps. So we were happy to have him. and we benefited greatly. 

Time to give Back 

Andre came home and started working out his father’s team. Andre’s Dad, “Skipper James Jim Wood.” An outstanding baseball teacher and it showed in his sons and all who played under his teaching. 

Skipper James Jim Wood
The Skipper

James Franklyn Wood

In short, Andre gave all his baseball success to his father, James Wood. The Skipper Jim Wood. Mr. Wood passed away on December 9th, 2014. In addition to coaching yours truly, I never will forget those days. There were great benefits for us. 

 

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