bio

Allan Wood

I was born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1963, and grew up in nearby Essex Junction. I began writing professionally when I was a junior in high school, working as a sportswriter for The Burlington Free Press.

New York City was home from 1987 to 2005. I now live in Mississauga, Ontario, with my partner of 30+ years, Laura Kaminker. (We became Canadian citizens on June 10, 2010.)

I began collecting baseball cards in 1974 and watched the 1975 ALCS and World Series, but I did not seriously connect with the Red Sox until the 1976 season. I listened faithfully to Ned Martin and Jim Woods every night, via WJOY, usually scoring the game. My first game at Fenway Park was August 22, 1976.

I started blogging about the Red Sox in March 2003, at my old Pedro Martinez site (pedro45.net).

The Joy of Sox debuted on August 25, 2003. It is the longest-running Red Sox blog on the internet.

I write about non-baseball stuff at both Sharp Pencil and The World of Joseph Rosenberger.


Author
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
The Life and Career of Babe Ruth (Society for American Baseball Research, 2019 (expected))
The World Series in the Deadball Era: A History in the Words and Pictures of the Writers and Photographers (Saint Johann Press, 2018)
From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors (Society for American Baseball Research, 2018)
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)

Blogger
The Joy of Sox (2003-present)
The World of Joseph Rosenberger (2017-present)
Sharp Pencil (2011-present)
In Other News... (2005-06)

Music Critic
Rolling Stone, New York Newsday, Request, American Visions, Blues Revue Quarterly, Music Express, CD Review, Magic Blues, Reflex, and other magazines and newspapers (1986-94)

Sportswriter
The Hardball Times / FanGraphs (2012-13)
SportsJones.com (1999)
Baseball America (1997)
The Burlington (Vermont) Free Press (1980-84)

Political Writing
Socialist Worker (2011-16)
Common Dreams (2004)
The Complete 9/11 Timeline (contributing writer/editor; published as The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson (HarperCollins, 2004))