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Frank Deford
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    (December 16, 1938-May 28, 2017)
    Resides in Connecticut
    Columnist for ‘Sports Illustrated (1962-1989, 1998- )’
    Correspondent for NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ and HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
    Wrote ‘Everybody’s All-American (1981),’ ‘Alex: The Life of a Child (1983),’ ‘I’m Just Getting Started (2001),’ ‘The Heart of a Champion: Celebrating the Spirit and Character of America’s Sports Heroes (2002),’ ‘An American Summer (2003)’ and ‘The Old Ball Game (2005)’
    He talks about sports on NPR, which has very few sports fans in its audience.
    He writes about sports that lack popularity, like lacrosse and curling.
    Some sports fans consider him a pompous gasbag.
    One critic called his radio commentaries ‘fluffy.’
    He hates soccer.
    He looks like an elderly Dabney Coleman.
    He ridicules professional wrestling.
    Many NPR fans enjoy his commentaries even if they don’t like sports.
    He has won many sports writing awards and prizes.
    He is also a successful novelist.
    His novel ‘Everybody’s All-American’ was made into a film with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid.
    His daughter died of cystic fibrosis.
    He is chairman emeritus of a foundation that raises money to fight the disease.

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