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 did not connect with the Red Sox until the following year. In 1976, 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 now and then 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)

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

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)

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))