books by Frank Deford
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 ...
The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball
Grove Press, 2007
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 ...
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 ...
A Gift for Ron: Friendship and Sacrifice On and Off the Gridiron
Kevin B. Blackistone
A Brian’s Song for a new generation the moving story of a rare friendship between two pro football stars
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
Big Bill Tilden: The Triumphs and the Tragedy (Hall of Fame Edition)
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. ...
Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter
Atlantic Monthly Press
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 ...
Da Capo Press, 2009
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
Little Brown & Company
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 ...
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 ...
Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball
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 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 ...
Arthur Ashe: Portrait in Motion
, Frank Deford
Carroll & Graf Publishers
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.
Other Adonis: A Novel of Reincarnation
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 ...
The Heart of a Champion: Celebrating the Spirit and Character of Great American Sports Heroes
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.
Golf: Four Decades of Sports Illustrated's Finest Writing on the Game of Golf (Sports Illustrated Collector's ...
Herbert Warren Wind
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