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Over Time

My Life As a Sportswriter

Frank Deford

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Publishers Weekly Review

Feb 20, 2012 – Sportswriter (Sports Illustrated) and author (Everybody’s All-American) Deford tells the story of his rise from the comfortable and modest streets of Baltimore to the top of the sports journalism world. He discovered that he “had some facility for writing” when he was nine, even though he had not “suffered a miserable upbringing,” which helps “if you are to become a writer.” He was hired by Sports Illustrated in 1962, despite the personnel department classifying him as “not very bright.” “Sportswriting was still in something of a netherworld” when he began his career, “presented with own desk and... Royal typewriter.” Unfortunately, as a self-proclaimed “old and cranky” man, he opines, “Journalism, as we know it... with the internet.” 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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Missing Chapter

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.

Over Time
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sports & Outdoors
  • Published: May 01, 2012
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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