My Life As a Sportswriter
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Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter is as unconventional and wide-ranging as Frank Deford’s remarkable career, in which he has chronicled the heroes and the characters of just about every sport in nearly every medium. Deford joined Sports Illustrated in 1962, fresh, and fresh out of Princeton. In 1990, he was Editor-in-Chief of The National Sports Daily, one of the most ambitiousand ill-fatedprojects in the history of American print journalism. But then, he’s endured: writing ten novels, winning an Emmy (not to mention being a fabled Lite Beer All-Star), and last week he read something like his fourteen-hundredth commentary on NPR’s Morning Edition.”
From the Mad Men-like days of SI in the 60s, and the bush” years of the early NBA, to Deford’s visit to apartheid South Africa with Arthur Ashe, and his friend’s brave and tragic death, Over Time is packed with intriguing people and stories. Interwoven through his personal history, Deford lovingly traces the entire arc of American sportswriting from the lurid early days of the Police Gazette, through Grantland Rice and Red Smith and on up to ESPN. This is a wonderful, inspired bookequal parts funny and touchinga treasure for sports fans. Just like Frank Deford.
Praise for Over Time
Equal doses of self-deprecating humor and anecdotal history of American sports journalism are the essence of Frank Deford's entertaining new memoir.”Chicago Tribune
Deford is the Holy Grail. He's simply one of the greatest sportswriters of all time. ... [Over Time] has a little bit of everything -- great stories about interviewing everyone from Richard Nixon to Jerry Jones. Deford played with the Harlem Globetrotters, introduced the world to Bill Bradley, really disliked Rodney Dangerfield, edited the only national sports daily in our history (The National), and has great takes on the history and characters of Sports Illustrated in its formative years. . . . Deford's the best.”Peter King, SI.com
He sketches insightful remembrances of stars like Wilt Chamberlain and Billie Jean King and lavishes affection and admiration on Sports Illustrated colleagues Andre Laguerre, Dan Jenkins, and the tortured’ writer Mark Kram [Deford is] sports writing's Sinatra.” San Francisco Chronicle
Endearing... Over Time imparts a sense of a life well lived and fully enjoyed.”New York Times
"The mixture of homage to sportswriters who came before him, such as Grantland Rice; sometimes wistful vignettes of sports figures like Arthur Ashe; and his own personal reflections on the evolution of sports journalism combine to offer a cultural perspective that transcends a mere job." Publishers Weekly (Top 10 in Sports)
"Deford's cred is incredible, his accolades deserved... He does not pull a punch when it comes to boxing or even to the tastes-great, less-filling Miller Lite commercials he once made... [Deford] has long been the genuine article." Los Angeles Times
A cool ride through Deford’s career.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Frank Deford is the best there is. His memoir Over Time is beautiful, funny, poignant and poetic.” Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights and Father's Day
A wonderful book. Over Time is both a treasure and a treasury.”Sally Jenkins, Washington Post columnist and New York Times bestselling author of It’s Not About the Bike
Frank Deford is the best sportswriter I’ve ever read. If there’s a Mount Rushmore of sportswriting, Deford is up there, purple ties and all.”Tony Kornheiser
From Publishers Weekly
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OVER TIME by Frank Deford
If you're a fan of great sports writing, you're a fan of Frank Deford. I don't if this counts as his autobiography or not, but it's a great ride around the American sports of his long career.
Wish he would have done a chapter on Nolan Richardson's daughter. He mentions that SI article twice in the book but doesn't go into detail. I'm 60 years old and a former sports writer. That article written as a one-act play is the best I have ever read. I'd fly to New York to watch it on Broadway. And I'm no fan of Broadway or New York.
I have always admired his story telling ability but once again another writer from the east thinks the sun rises and sets in New York. I am not the most educated person in the world but when you need a dictionary to look up words while you're reading a book, you have not written it for the common folk.
Grantland Rice, Red Smith and Jimmy Cannon were masters of their craft but so was a fellow from Chicago named Warren Brown. But Mr. Deford wouldn't know that being in the fish bowl of New York.