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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.


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 ...


Bliss, Remembered: A Novel
Frank Deford

Overlook Books, 2011

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics the beautiful Sydney Stringfellow begins an intense love affair with a German but the affair abruptly ends when political forces tear them apart.


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
Frank Deford

Little Brown & Company, 1971

History of Roller Derby.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Love and Infamy: A Novel of Pearl Harbor
Frank Deford

Viking Adult, 1993

On the eve of World War II, two friends--Cotton Drake, an American raised by missionary parents in Japan, and Kiyoshi, a Japanese living in Hawaii--become caught up in conflicting loyalties, treachery, and forbidden romance. 35,000 first printing.


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 ...


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

Little Brown & Co (T), 1987


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.


Portrait in motion : the Arthur Ashe diary
Arthur Ashe, Frank Deford

Paul, 1975


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.


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

Viking Adult, 1971



Billie Jean
Billie Jean King, Frank Deford

Viking Adult, 1982

Billie Jean [Hardcover]


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 ...


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


Lite Reading : The Lite Beer from Miller Commercial Scrapbook
Frank Deford

Penguin (Non-Classics), 1984


The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball
Frank Deford

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 ...



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