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 high school junior, working as a sportswriter for The Burlington Free Press.

I have lived in New York City (1987-2005), Mississauga, Ontario (2005-18), and Port Hardy, British Columbia (on Vancouver Island) (2018-19) with my partner Laura Kaminker. We became Canadian citizens on June 10, 2010.

I began collecting baseball cards in 1974. I watched the 1975 ALCS and World Series, but I did not obsessively connect with the Red Sox until the following year. That season, I listened to Ned Martin and Jim Woods every night on a small yellow transistor radio tuned to 1230 AM (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 ( The Joy of Sox debuted on August 25, 2003. It's the longest-running, one-man Red Sox blog on the internet.

I also post at Sharp Pencil and The World of Joseph Rosenberger.

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, first published as 1918: Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox)

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, 2020 (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)

The Joy of Sox (2003-present)
The World of Joseph Rosenberger (2017-present)
Tested by Research (2011-present (previously known as "In Other News..." and "Sharp Pencil"))

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

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

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