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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 ...


Alex the Life of a Child as Seen on ABC
Frank Deford

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1983

Alex the Life of a Child as Seen on ABC


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 ...


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


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 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 ...


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 ...


Bliss, Remembered: A Novel
Frank Deford

Overlook TP, 2011

With Bliss, Remembered , the celebrated Frank Deford has produced a work of literature that ranks with the best of his many novels, including Everybody's All American , which Sports Illustrated ranked as one of the twenty-five best sports books of all time. In Bliss, Remembered , Deford explores new territory as he tells two love stories from the perspective of a beautiful should-have-been Olympic champion named Sydney Stringfellow. At ...


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, ...


Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy
Frank Deford

Simon and Schuster, 1976

William T. Tilden II dominated the courts during the 1920s. For seven years in a row, he never lost a significant match. Flamboyant both in public and private, Tilden was eventually arrested — and shunned — for his homosexuality. He died penniless and alone, years before his election into the tennis Hall of Fame.


Casey on the Loose: What Really Might Have Happened
Frank Deford

Viking Press, 1989

Deford ( Everybody's All-American ) uses Ernest Thayer's classic poem "Casey at the Bat" to create a whimsical tale blending fact, fiction and fantasy. Timothy Casey is a brilliant young "ballist" (as they were called back in 1888) whose extraordinary hitting has galvanized the town of Mudville. Living near Boston, Casey falls in love with beautiful Florence Cleary, a recent Irish immigrant working as a maid. "Mighty Casey" also meets Chester ...


The Other Adonis: A Novel of Reincarnation
Frank Deford

Sourcebooks Landmark, 2002

If true love can travel across time, can true evil be far behind? When the beautiful Dr. Nina Winston's patient Bucky Buckingham reveals his secret to her, she has to doubt him. Reincarnation? True love across four centuries? But Nina is fascinated and lets herself be drawn into the charming and vulnerable Bucky's tale and into his life. Through hypnotherapy, she meets his former identity, and in real life, she meets his former paramour. If ...


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 ...


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 ...


An American Summer: A Novel
Frank Deford

Sourcebooks Landmark, 2003

Set in the nostalgic year of 1955, this touching novel reveals a unique kind of love between kindred spirits. It is told through the voice of 14-year-old Christy Banister, a sweet, slightly naïve young boy in need of guidance as he makes his way through adolescence. He has moved to Baltimore with his father, and as the new kid on the block in an isolated new neighborhood, Christy has few opportunities to make new friends. At the start of the ...


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. '


A Year in Sports: From the Rose Bowl to Figure Skating
Neil Leifer

Abbeville Press, 2006

Neil Leifer is a master of the art of sports photography. Among his wellknown images is a victorious Muhammad Ali having just defeated Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine, considered by many the best sports picture of all time. More than forty-five years after publishing LeiferGÇÖs first photograph in Sports Illustrated, the current editor assigned him to go on a year-long shooting spree. It was a chance for Leifer to go back in time and shoot ...


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

Little Brown & Co (T), 1987


The Heart of a Champion: Celebrating the Spirit and Character of Great American Sports Heroes
Frank Deford

Northword Press, 2002

In this exciting new book, award-winning sports writer and commentator Frank Deford captures the inspirational stories of many of the greatest athletes and teams to appear on a Wheaties box. For more than 75 years, the Wheaties box has celebrated the essence of being a champion: the character of excellence, the spirit of achievement, and the triumph of determination.


Billie Jean
Billie Jean King, Frank Deford

Viking Adult, 1982

Billie Jean [Hardcover]



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