Just five starts into his big-league career, Kerry Wood pitched arguably the most dominant game in major league history. Two years after, he was working his way back from Tommy John surgery, and in 2003, Wood teamed up with Mark Prior to lead the Cubs to the brink of their first World Series since 1945.
The next few years saw Wood hit the disabled list time after time, with minor league rehab assignments and simulated games becoming all too familiar. But Wood's career came to a graceful end on Friday, ending in a perfect way for one of baseball's most dominant pitchers when healthy.
Check out the photo gallery to the right for a look back at Wood's career, from 1998 through this weekend.