Writer and commentator, Frank Deford is the author of seventeen books. While Deford is often recognized as the finest sports writer of his era, his highly-praised historical novels have ranged far afield. Besides Bliss,
Remembered, he has written about such varied topics as the polio epidemic (An American
Summer), reincarnation (The Other Adonis) and Japan before Pearl Harbor(Love and Infamy). His story about modern celebrity, The Entitled, is often also cited as the best novel ever written about the sport of baseball.
Moreover, two of Deford’s books -- the novel, Everybody’s All-American, and Alex: The Life Of A Child, his memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis -- have been made into movies. Two of his original screenplays: Trading Hearts and Four Minutes - have also been filmed.
Deford is amongst the most versatile of American writers. On radio, he may be heard as a commentator every Wednesday on Morning Edition on National Public Radio and, on television, he is Senior Correspondent on the HBO show, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. In magazines, he is Senior
Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated - an association that dates back to 1962.
As a journalist, Deford has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Six times at Sports Illustrated Deford was voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of The Year. The American Journalism Review has likewise cited him as the nation’s finest sportswriter, and twice he was voted Magazine Writer of The Year by the Washington Journalism Review. In 1999 he was chosen for the highest magazine writer’s honor, the National Magazine Award for profiles. He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees. The magazine GQ has called Deford, simply, “the world’s greatest sportswriter.”
For sixteen years, Deford served as national chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and he remains chairman emeritus. He resides in Westport, Connecticut with his wife, Carol. They have two grown children - a son, Christian, and a daughter, Scarlet. A native of Baltimore, Deford is a graduate of Princeton University, where he has taught in American Studies.