Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter

Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter

by Frank Deford


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ISBN-13: 9780802146069
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 585,341
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

The author of eighteen books, Frank Deford has worked in virtually every medium. He is senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, where his byline first appeared in 1962. A weekly commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition," he is also a regular correspondent on the HBO show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." As a journalist, Deford has won the National Magazine Award for profiles, and has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of the Year six times, he was also cited by The American Journalism Review as the nation's finest sportswriter and was twice voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review. He has been presented with a Christopher Award and awards for distinguished service to journalism from the University of Missouri and Northeastern University. Deford and Red Smith are the only authors with more than one piece in The Best American Sportswriting of the Century , edited by David Halberstam. For his radio and TV work, Deford has won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award.

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Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Groovygoat More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a collection of sports stories from Frank Deford's career, of which there were plenty, but I also got a schooling on the history of sports writing. Sometimes I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of names, places, and events that seem to be grouped by topic, not by time. There can be multiple paragraphs, sometimes even pages, of side stories between the start of a thought and the finish. Which makes me wonder, since he went to Princeton (brought up many times in the book), am I just dumb, or is this the way a good book is written? I think it might be me, there are at least 10 words I had to look up on my nook. The writing, to me, exudes quality and it was refreshing to escape the PC crap that's impossible to avoid nowadays. Sometimes I would literally laugh out loud. Other times I was sucked in by the interesting history. To be truthful though, I did zone out during his family histories and some droning about past sports writers. I know a couple people in my life that would really enjoy his unique view of sports history. So I will be buying a couple more as gifts.
bjmitch on LibraryThing 8 months ago
First, in deference to one of Frank Deford's pet peeves, I have spelled his name correctly. It is not DeFord as so many people write it. Drives him nuts. I can relate; no one could pronounce or spell my maiden name either and it gets really old after a while.The subtitle of this book is My Life as a Sportswriter and I encourage you to get a copy as soon as it comes out in May. He is in my opinion one of the best writers around. People place sportswriters on a lower level than "actual writers" for some reason, but Deford is just plain great. You may have heard his pieces on NPR on your morning commute as I did for many years. If so, you know he has a somewhat jaded opinion on sports, but since he knows whereof he speaks, it is an opinion that we should take heed of.In this memoir he writes about his wife Carol, his great friendship with Arthur Ashe, the characters he's met in all his years of covering sports, self-deprecating accounts of his eventful life in sports, and other memories. I hadn't realized how much credit should be given Arthur Ashe for his work in Africa and in trying to create an equality in sports, tennis of course, but also sports in general. I also didn't realize what a great sense of humor he had or his knowledge of topics such as apartheid. As a person with COPD, I was interested to know that he has lung disease, and that he had a daughter who inherited his abnormality and died of cystic fibrosis. Later he and his wife adopted a little girl from the Philippines, a daughter they adore. He also writes wonderful stories about his son.Deford grew up in Baltimore and I loved his description of "Bawlmer, Merlin" the way it was in his childhood. In fact, I enjoyed his memories of his personal life more than his sports memories if that's possible. You also get a sense of how sportswriting has changed in Deford's lifetime, from the journalists like Grantland Rice (who, gasp, he doesn't have a lot of respect for) to the television personalities of the current scene. The sportswriters with genuine writing talent don't come any better than Frank Deford. Long may he write. I highly recommend this book.
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Go Cater. Whatever this is for. :D
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CR8N More than 1 year ago
As an avid NPR listener, as well as a sports fan, this book definitely was great reading. Frank DeFord( Deford)writes like you speak, he is just so easy to read. His recollections stirred old memories that really hit home. One of the best books I have read in a long time. I immediately looked for more of his works.
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