Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

What Have The Numbers Done To America's Pastime?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Baseball statistics have been around almost as long as the game. But a recent statistic explosion has led to covert skulduggery, industrial espionage and power politics. In baseball!


All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game may be less starry than usual this year because of Kansas City fans' campaign to get as many Royals players as possible into the game.


The Quieter Sports Season, And Why Tennis Needs Caddies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer is finally here and commentator Frank Deford rounds up some of the sights and (softer) sounds of the season. And he says it's time for a new job on the courts of Wimbledon.


Awards For Athletes Should Honor Unsung Heroes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

If ESPN wants to honor selfless players, it should give awards for courage to unknown people who achieve great feats.


For Sports Immortality, The 3rd Or 4th Time's The Charm

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both have the potential to win Grand Slams, one of the rarest achievements in sports. But it's not an easy feat.


The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tom Brady could be guilty of one of the worst transgressions in sport — purposely defiling the part of the game that makes it fair and square.


Was 'Deflategate' About Tom Brady's Legacy Or His Ego?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Patriots quarterback was recently suspended for his apparent role in underinflating game balls. For commentator Frank Deford, "Deflategate" is as much about Brady's vanity as it is about victory.


Athletes Want To Talk To Fans Without Meddlesome Sports Journalists

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Retired baseball player Derek Jeter is leading the charge to find ways for players to speak to fans without media middlemen.


Boxing Fans Shift Focus To Small Men, Big Money

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As some boxing fans await a major welterweight matchup on Saturday, it's clear that the sport is struggling to keep the attention on the boxers' athleticism rather than their riches.


Bruce Jenner's Long History Of Clearing Hurdles

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As Jenner prepares for an interview in which he's expected to talk about his gender identity, commentator Frank Deford looks back at the reality TV star's days as an Olympic athlete adjusting to fame.


As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Baseball players' arms are becoming more like football players' heads — subject to frequent injury and in need of immobilizing surgery.


Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The curmudgeonly sports commentator is pessimistic about the sport's prospects in the U.S.


Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players whom the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games.


'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.


News From The Charity Stripe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NCAA basketball fans often strive to rattle free throw shooters — but, for commentator Frank Deford, few efforts match Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction, which he sums up as: "shock and awful."


Deford: NCAA Fans Continue To Drink Deeply Of The (Sports) Spirits

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recent scandals involving student athletes at Syracuse University and other prominent athletic departments, remind commentator Frank Deford of speakeasies during Prohibition.


Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As Major League Baseball's exhibition season begins, commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to be able to overcome his fall from grace, at least in the eyes of the fans.


An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NASCAR is suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL is considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.


John Calipari Gets The Best Out Of His One-And-Done Bench

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford analyzes the University of Kentucky men's basketball team's winning streak.


Deford: 'Gentleman and Coach' Dean Smith Did What He Believed In

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Hall of Famer led the University of North Carolina to two national titles during his 35-year career coaching basketball. Commentator Frank Deford remembers Smith, who died Saturday.