Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter

Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter

by Frank Deford


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Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter by Frank Deford

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 ambitious—and ill-fated—projects 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 book—equal parts funny and touching—a treasure for sports fans. Just like Frank Deford.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802120151
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.25(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.

Table of Contents

1 A Not Very Bright Boy 1

2 Something of a Vote of Confidence 7

3 In Which I First Encounter Faster Guns 10

4 Roamer 16

5 Granny 20

6 Walking in Place 27

7 Old-Timers 30

8 The Vietnam War Is Finally Over 40

9 Push On 48

10 The Best Advice I Ever Got in My Whole Life 58

11 Scribes for the Cranks and the Fancy 61

12 El Tigre 68

13 In Which I Finally Discover the Difference Between Winning and Losing 83

14 Bawlmer, Merlin, My Hametown 91

15 Gee Whiz 101

16 Beauty and the Beasts 114

17 This Just In: Writing Can Be Fun 125

18 In Which I Happen Upon an Eye-Opener 135

19 Kingsley 141

20 My Damn Name 145

21 It Happens to the Best of Us 152

22 The Way It Was. Really 155

23 The Kid 160

24 Andre 170

25 Mr. King Will See You Now 178

26 Hobey and Danny and Bill 180

27 The Most Amazing Feat in Sport in the Twentieth Century 194

28 Hub Tales 205

29 My Man 211

30 Anglophile 219

31 Remember "Consciousness-Raising"? 227

32 Fun in the Sun 232

33 Summer Songs 239

34 Roadie 249

35 With Ease or Angst 256

36 Lost in Translation 267

37 The Anchor Leg 279

38 The Sweetest Thing I Ever Saw an Athlete Do for a Member of the Fourth Estate 287

39 You Won't Believe This 289

40 The Most Amazing Thing I Ever Saw an Athlete Do 301

41 Red 311

42 The Amateur Voice 318

43 The Best I Ever Was Fired 328

44 Naked Slept the Commissioner 332

45 Taboo 344

46 Last Call 350

Acknowledgments 353

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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.
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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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