My Life As a Sportswriter
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Publishers Weekly Review
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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.