Monday, May 29, 2017

Frank Deford, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: Legendary Sports Illustrated scribe Frank Deford who won over a legion of fans with witty writing and colorful commentary and launched the nation’s only daily sports newspaper died Sunday.  He was 78.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

9 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Remember reading his book on the Miss America pageant years ago.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Big fan of his written as well as his television work. This sucks.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I read his book about his young daughter dying of cystic fibrosis. Very moving.

Rick Robinson said...

During the years I was a subscriber to Sports Illustrated I never missed his articles and commentary, often reading those items first. A truly great sports writer, and by all accounts a fine man.

Cap'n Bob said...

I used to see him on TV years ago and always enjoyed his comments.

Dan said...

Always enjoyed hearing him on NPR

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Alex: The Life of a Child.

I believe there was a TV movie adaptation of the book.

Deb said...

I was coming here to mention the book about Deford's daughter--but I see Jeff beat me to it, as usual. I used to listen to Deford on NPR and I remember when Bob Edwards interviewed him about that book...I don't know how either of them made it through the interview without crying--I know I was.

George said...

I grew up reading Frank DeFord articles in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED for years. He was a great writer.