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Frank Deford

Frank Deford

Frank Deford wrote for Sports Illustrated for three decades. He is the author of 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction. He has also appeared often on television and has been a commentator on NPR since 1980. He has won many awards, including six National Sportswriter of the Year honors, and is the only person connected with sports ever to have been presented the presidential medal of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

All Frank Deford Stories

June 09, 1969

WHAT PRICE HEROES?

Did you think O.J. Simpson (left) was greedy last week when he asked for a $650000 contract from the Buffalo Bills? The author of this highly personal and ...

Jan. 21, 2008

Summit Cum Laude

Remembering the climber who conquered Earth's final frontier

Sept. 30, 1974

HEIRS OF JUDGE LANDIS

The commissioners of major sports are men of rectitude and imperturbable mien. Now, in relaxed and occasionally irreverent conversation, the ...

Aug. 09, 1965

AN UNDERSTUDY TAKES CHARGE

When Arthur Ashe was chosen to face Mexico in Davis Cup play, it was hoped he might help U.S. star Dennis Ralston by winning one match. As it developed, he ...

Oct. 04, 1965

TALES OF NORMAN FORD

TALES OF NORMAN FORD or How to Save Your Hair, Make Perfume, Be a Best- selling Novelist, Take Years off Your Face, Move into Mrs. Astor's House with ...

May 19, 1975

MRS. BILLIE JEAN KING!

American girls have traditionally looked up to and emulated their favorite motion- picture stars. The film stars led lives that seemed exciting and far removed from ...

April 13, 1970

BEWARE OF THE HAWKS

Transformed by Joe Caldwell and bolstered by Walt Bellamy, Atlanta has an unshakable belief that it will be the first Western Division team in ...

Feb. 07, 1977

PROMO WIZ IN KIDVID BID

Promoter Bill Riordan is at it again. Suddenly he's into skateboarding and is about to lay it on the little screen.

April 17, 1989

A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLER

Bart Giamatti comes to his new job as the commissioner of baseball with impressive intellectual and management credentials—and, above all, ...

June 28, 1976

One last hurrah in Hyannis

So long, ABA. Four teams were swallowed by the NBA and the other two will be scattered to the winds—and the bottom-liners shed not a tear

Aug. 12, 1968

A HOME WITH NO DOME

And maybe no team. Montreal's Autostade (left) is to be the temporary quarters for the new baseball team—if the owners come up with $1 million plus and the ...

Dec. 15, 1969

DESECRATE WITH HOWLS SO JOLLY

As we head into another round of office Christmas parties, let us remember the inspiring words of the National Defilement Association's Yuletide motto: 'Tis the ...

April 28, 1975

SERVING UP AN EXPLOSIVE SET

The first skirmish of the tennis revolution has been fought and won, and now is the time, the author says, to bring up the artillery.

March 27, 1967

TWO TO GO FOR LEW

Houston is UCLA's opponent on Friday night in the NCAA semifinals, and the Cougars rely on a lot of muscle and a little voodoo. Next probably will be North ...

Oct. 27, 1980

OH, THE LADIES IN WAITING

The most unfortunate thing that ever happened to the World Series was scheduling it nights. Certainly, this was good in the sense that more ...

June 30, 1986

PLAYING IT THE AMERICAN WAY

Surely it is no mere happenstance that the last two words of The Star-Spangled Banner are "Play Ball!" There must be some psychic connection ...

Aug. 30, 1971

Marty just might be the man

Steadying down—and coming up stronger at 29—relatively unknown Marty Riessen may be the best bet for a U.S. victory at Forest Hills

Sept. 01, 1975

The Kid Who Ran Into Doors

At 16, Tony DeSpirito won a record 390 races, at 39 he was dead. In between he had a lot of Caddys, a lot of ladies and a lot of bad luck