books by Frank Deford

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The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Frank Deford

Grove Press, 2006

In The Old Ball Game, Frank Deford, NPR sports commentator and Sports Illustrated journalist retells the story of an unusual friendship between two towering figures in baseball history. At the turn of the twentieth century, Christy Mathewson was one of baseball's first superstars. Over six feet tall, clean cut, and college educated, he didn't pitch on the Sabbath and rarely spoke an ill word about anyone. He also had one of the most ...


Golf: Four Decades of Sports Illustrated's Finest Writing on the Game of Golf (Sports Illustrated Collector's ...
Herbert Warren Wind, Sarah Ballard, ...

Time, Inc., 1994



Over Time: My Life As a Sportswriter
Frank Deford

Grove Press, 2013

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 ...


The Entitled
Frank Deford

Sourcebooks Landmark, 2007

"In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball..." -Jeff MacGregor, Sports Illustrated; author of Sunday Money Howie Traveler never made it as a player-his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that. He was cursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of almost. Now after years of struggling up the coaching ladder, Howie's finally been given his shot: as ...


Alex: The Life of a Child
Frank Deford

Thomas Nelson, 1997

Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting story touched the hearts of millions when it was first published and then made into a memorable television movie. A new introduction contains information on the latest cystic fibrosis research, and a touching ...


Bliss, Remembered: A Novel

Overlook, 2010

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


The Virtuoso: Face to Face With 40 Extraordinary Talents
Ken Carbone, Ashton Applewhite, ...

Stewart Tabori & Chang, 1999

Defined as the unthinkable ventured and the impossible attained, the virtuosos in this book are from dif ferent generations and cultures, but they share certain qual ities: dignity, self-disciplines, determination, courage and focus. '


Everybody's All-american
Frank Deford

Da Capo Press, 2004

Gavin Grey is everyone's All-American. A star running back at the University of North Carolina in the late 1950s, he graces the covers of Time and LIFE magazines and appears on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Everyone wants a piece of him or to be around him to bask in his glory, including his nephew Donny, who narrates the story and is Gavin's only real confidant.After college, Gavin goes on to the NFL where he has a solid career. As his playing ...


Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hall of Fame Edition Book 2)

Open Road Media, 2011

The classic biography of America’s first tennis star When he stepped onto the Wimbledon grass in 1920, Bill Tilden was poised to become the world’s greatest tennis star. Throughout the 1920s he dominated the sport, winning championship after championship with his trademark grace, power, and intelligence. He owned the game more completely than Babe Ruth ruled baseball, making his name, for more than a decade, synonymous with tennis.   ...


The Best Of Frank Deford
Frank Deford

Triumph Books, 2000

Whether Frank Deford is the voice you hear on National Public Radio's Morning Edition or the name you see in the Newsweek byline, you are sure to be highly entertained with the irreverent musings of this much-acclaimed sports mind. Deford possesses a witty and poignant take on the world of athletics that has earned him a wealth of fans, from the most ardent sports enthusiast to the greenest novice. In this best of the best compilation, ...


Five Strides on the Banked Track: The Life and Times of the Roller Derby

Open Road Media, 2014

Illustrated with photographs by Walter Iooss Jr.: Iconic sportswriter and commentator Frank Deford’s first book brings to life one of America’s most thrilling—and misunderstood—sports entertainments, the Roller Derby, from its birth during the Great Depression to it second ascendancy in the late 1960s In Five Strides on the Banked Track , distinguished sports journalist Frank Deford opens a fascinating window on this exhilarating ...


The Best American Sports Writing 1993

Houghton Mifflin, 1993

A collection of sports writing features William Nack on Hurricane Carter's release from jail, a coming-of-age baseball memoir by Roger Angell, and a conclusive look at race and athletic excellence.


Billie Jean
Billie Jean King, Frank Deford

Viking Adult, 1982

Billie Jean [Hardcover]


The World's Tallest Midget: The Best of Frank Deford
Frank Deford

Little Brown & Co (T), 1987


A Gift for Ron: Friendship and Sacrifice On and Off the Gridiron
Everson Walls, Kevin B. Blackistone, ...

Lyons Press, 2009

A Brian’s Song for a new generation … the moving story of a rare friendship between two pro football stars


Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary, and Memoir
Talmage Boston

Bright Sky Press, 2009

Tapping into the nostalgic era of feel-good baseball in the late 1940s and moving up to the Mitchell report, this collection documents the story of baseball as seen through the eyes and experiences of the postwar generation. From daytime games heard on the radio to players testifying before Congress on steroid usage, baseball has undergone a major transformation over the past sixty years. This chronicling of such vast changes features stories ...


There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America
Frank Deford

Viking Adult, 1971



Cut 'n' Run
Frank Deford

Viking Adult, 1973

First novel by the noted sportswriter, centers on Jerry Start, rabid fan of the Baltimore Colts National Football League team.


The Spy in the Deuce Court

Open Road Media, 2011

A globetrotting journalist goes on assignment for the Central Intelligence Agency As the world’s premier tennis journalist, Ronnie Ratajczak has a plush life. Like the professional players about whom he writes, he spends his life on the road, hopping from one glamorous locale to another and taking in the giddy atmosphere that surrounds pro tournaments. But unlike the pros, Ronnie operates under little pressure, spending his days pecking ...


Arthur Ashe: Portrait in Motion
Arthur Ashe, Frank Deford

Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1993

Between Wimbledon 1973 and Wimbledon 1974 top tennis professional Arthur Ashe played center court on five continents, made 129 airplane trips, slept in 71 different beds, and traveled 165,000 miles. The dramatic diary he kept throughout that time on and off the court is the basis of this book. of photographs.



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