Also By This Author
“Equal doses of self-deprecating humor and anecdotal history of American sports journalism are the essence of Frank Deford’s entertaining new memoir.” Chicago Tribune
My Life as a Sportswriter
978-0-8021-4606-9 • $16.00 • Paperback • May 2013
Finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing “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.” Publishers Weekly (Top 10 in Sports) Frank Deford’s splendid memoir Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter received critical acclaim and media attention on hardcover publication. In Over Time, Deford chronicles the heroes and the characters of just about every sport in nearly every medium. Deford joined Sports Illustrated in 1962, fresh out of Princeton. They called him the Kid, and he made his name discovering fellow Princetonian Bill Bradley and a Canadian teenager name Bobby Orr. These were the Mad Menlike 1960s, and Deford recounts not just the expense account shenanigans and the antiquated racial and sexual mores, but the professional camaraderie and the friendships with athletes and coaches during the “bush” years of the early NBA. 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.