My Life as a Sportswriter
By Frank Deford
(Atlantic Monthly Press, Hardcover, 9780802120151, 354pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
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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.