books by Frank Deford
The Best Of Frank Deford
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, ...
The Virtuoso: Face to Face With 40 Extraordinary Talents
Stewart Tabori & Chang
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. '
Casey on the Loose: What Really Might Have Happened
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 Best American Sports Writing 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.
An American Summer: A Novel
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 ...
Da Capo Press
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 ...
Over Time: My Life As a Sportswriter
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 ambitiousand ill-fatedprojects in the history of American print ...
Alex: The Life of a Child
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 ...
The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
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 ...
Bliss, Remembered: A Novel
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 ...
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2008
“In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball…”—Jeff MacGregor, Sports Illustrated; author of Sunday MoneyHowie Traveler never made it as a player—his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that. He wascursed 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 ...
A Year in Sports: From the Rose Bowl to Figure Skating
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 Leifer’s 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 many ...
There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America
Second novel by the sports journalist Frank Deford.
Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hall of Fame Edition)
The classic biography of one of the most successful, yet tragic, figures in American sports history.
A Gift for Ron: Friendship and Sacrifice On and Off the Gridiron
Kevin B. with Blackistone
A Brian’s Song for a new generation, featuring two pro football stars known to millions of fans Everson Walls’s display of unselfishness was the ultimate example of teamwork. A life lesson for us all.” James Brown, CBS Sports/Showtime [This] moving story of courage, sacrifice, and offering the ultimate gift to save a friend’s life is truly inspiring.” Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, legislative sponsor of the ...
Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary, and Memoir
Bright Sky Press
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 ...
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