Over Time

My Life as a Sportswriter

By Frank Deford
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802120151, 354pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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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.

About the Author
Frank Deford is an author, commentator, and senior contributor to "Sports Illustrated", which he has been writing for since the early 1960s. In addition, he is a correspondent for HBO's "Real Sports" with Bryant Gumbel and a regular Wednesday commentator for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition". He has won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his broadcasting. Deford's 1981 novel "Everybody's All-American" was named one of "Sports Illustrated"'s Top 25 Sports Books of All Time and was later made into a movie directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Dennis Quaid. His memoir "Alex: The Life of a Child", chronicling his daughter's life and battle with cystic fibrosis, was made into a movie starring Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia in 1986. In 2012 President Obama honored Deford with the National Humanities Medal for "transforming how we think about sports," making Deford the first person primarily associated with sports to earn recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also been awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sportswriting, the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award, and the Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith Award, and has been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters of America Hall of Fame. "GQ "has called him, simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter." Deford currently resides in New York City and Key West, Florida, with his wife, Carol. They have two grown children.
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