Allan Wood

I was born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1963, and grew up in nearby Essex Junction. New York City was home from 1987-2005, and I now live in Mississauga, Ontario, with my partner of 30+ years, Laura Kaminker. (We became Canadian citizens on June 10, 2010.)

I collected baseball cards in 1974, but for some reason I did not connect with the Red Sox until 1976, when I began listening faithfully to Ned Martin and Jim Woods every night via radio station WJOY, usually scoring the game. My first game at Fenway was August 22, 1976.

I began blogging about the Red Sox in March 2003, at my old Pedro Martinez site ( The Joy of Sox debuted on August 25, 2003.

I blog about non-baseball stuff at Sharp Pencil.


Don't Let Us Win Tonight: An Oral History of the 2004 Boston Red Sox's Impossible Playoff Run (with Bill Nowlin) (Triumph Books, 2014)
The Joy of Sox - One Red Sox Fan's Account of Boston's 2004 Championship Season (Cafe Press, 2005)
Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox (iUniverse/Star, 2001)

Associate Editor/Contributing Writer
When Boston Still Had The Babe (Rounder Books, 2008)

Contributing Writer
World Series Reporting During The Deadball Era (St. Johann Press, 2017)
1986 Boston Red Sox: There Was More Than Game Six (Society for American Baseball Research, 2016)
Deadball Stars of the American League (Potomac Books, 2006)
The Yankees vs. Red Sox Reader (Carroll & Graf, 2005)
Deadball Stars of the National League (Potomac Books, 2004)

The Joy of Sox (2003-present)
Sharp Pencil (2011-present)
In Other News... (2005-06)

Music Critic
Rolling Stone, New York Newsday, Request, American Visions, Blues Revue Quarterly, CD Review, Music Express, Magic Blues, Reflex, and other publications (1986-1994)

The Hardball Times (2012) (1999)
Baseball America (1997)
Burlington (Vermont) Free Press (1980-1984)

Political Writing
Socialist Worker (2011-present)
Common Dreams (2004)
The Complete 9/11 Timeline (contributing writer/editor; published as The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson (HarperCollins, 2004))