Passages from Frank Deford's just-published Red Smith Lecture in Journalism Whenever I happen to write something that may find some favor with someone, invariably he'll say, "Frank, that was good. In fact, it was so good, it wasnt sportswriting." Ergo, if it's bad, it's sportswriting. If it's any good, it must be something else. ------ When he was a player with the Phillies, John Kruk once allowed, "It's easy to be a sportswriter.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "One of the difficulties of being a sports writer, the older you get the further you get away from the people you are writing about," says Frank Deford. "They don't want to hang out with me. LeBron James d... Read Post
NPR.org "If you're going to write about games," says Frank Deford, "you don't call players 'Mr.' or 'Ms.'...One of the nice things about our business is that there are no misters in sport. Just players."... Read Post