Joe Wood Jr was born on May 20, 1916 in Shohola, Pennsylvania. His father was indeed the legendary Smoky Joe Wood. After his playing career, Smoky Joe became a coach at Yale University and his children were raised in New Haven, Connecticut.

Joe Jr went to New Haven High School, Hopkins School, and Deerfield Academy, and eventually on to get a B.A. from Yale, graduating in 1941. He had played American Legion ball and played several positions while in college. He also played football, basketball, and track. He was captain of the freshman baseball team at Yale, and captain of the varsity in his senior year. 

Joe Jr signed with the Red Sox in 1941 was assigned to the Scranton Red Sox. On August 7th, with his parents watching from the stands, he threw a no-hitter against Albany. He worked for the Louisville Colonels in 1942 and it was a difficult year, so it was back to Scranton in 1943. He would have been in more games, but he was working at a defense plant in New Haven and was only free to pitch on the weekends.

While in Boston for his cup of coffee, he developed a bad arm, and on May 21 was optioned to Louisville. Joe Jr. appeared in just three games with the Red Sox in 1944. He carried a lifetime mark of 0-1, 6.52 ERA, having pitched a total of 9 2/3 innings and surrendered 13 hits and three walks and struck out five. In August, he was sent to San Diego with two other players.

During the winter, Joe Jr worked at Rohr Aircraft near San Diego and played winter baseball. In 1945, he trained with the Red Sox, but at the very last minute was sent to the Sacramento Solons. He finished with Sacramento, hurting his arm with what years later he decided must have been a rotator cuff injury. He gave it one last shot in 1947, appearing in 20 games in Class-D baseball, in Oklahoma’s Sooner State League and pitched for the Ada Herefords and the Seminole Chiefs.

Joe and his family moved back to Shohola, Pennsylvania, raised four children, while he owned and operated a mink farm. In 1959, the family relocated the ranch to Clinton, Connecticut, minks and all. Later he subdivided the ranch and sold building lots.

Joe Wood Jr had pneumonia and passed away on October 10, 2002 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut at the age of 86.