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Obituaries and Reflections

Sally Jenkins for the Washington Post --- Frank Deford wrote with sincerity, giving depth to complicated sports figures

Matt Schudel for the Washington Post --- Frank Deford, who wrote about sports with panache and insight, dies at 78

Charles Pierce for Sports Illustrated --- The root beer and the starlight: A tragedy, a legacy and the lesson of Frank Deford

SI Remembers (Chris Ballard, Michael Bamberger, Lee Jenkins, Larry Keith, Curry Kirkpatrick, Tim Layden, Jack McCallum, Terry McDonell, William Nack, John Papanek, Michael Rosenberg, Steve Rushin, Robert Sullivan, Chris Stone, Grant Wahl, Jon Wertheim and Alexander Wolff) --- Past and present writers on the impact of Frank Deford

Richard Deitsch for Sports Illustrated --- My first and favorite memories of Frank Deford

Richard Deitsch for Sports Illustrated --- SI Media Podcast: Six writers pay tribute to Frank Deford’s work, life and legacy

Chris Chavez for Sports Illustrated --- Longtime Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford dies at 78

Mike Lupica for the New York Daily News --- Frank Deford, one of the best and most elegant sportswriters, was a dreamer who allowed the rest of us to dream, too

Leonard Greene for the New York Daily News --- Legendary Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford dies at 78

NPR --- Frank Deford, NPR's Longtime Philosopher Of Sports, Dies At 78

Steve Inskeep for Morning Edition --- Morning Edition's Sports Commentator Frank Deford Dies At 78

Dave Zirin for The Nation --- Frank Deford’s Wicked Grace: The greatest sportswriter of his generation has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of acolytes who swear by the joy and power of the written word

Dave Zirin for Edge of Sports podcast --- Frank Deford: The Lost Interview

Bryan Curtis for The Ringer --- What Frank Deford Meant to Sportswriting: Remembering the pioneering, suave, and supremely talented Sports Illustrated scribe

Nicholas Dawidoff for The New Yorker --- Postscript: Frank Deford

Erica Hendry for PBS NewsHour --- Frank Deford, who has died at 78, changed the way we see sports

Neil Best for Newsday --- Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter, dies at 78

Adi Joseph for For The Win --- How Frank Deford changed sports journalism

Daniel Victor for The New York Times --- Frank Deford, a Literary Storyteller of Sport, Dies at 78

Childs Walker for the Baltimore Sun --- Award-winning Baltimore sports writer Frank Deford dies at 78

Bob Ryan for the Boston Globe --- For splendid storytelling, Frank Deford wrote the book

Bob Ley for Outside the Lines --- Farwell, Frank

Steve Wulf for --- Remembering Frank Deford, the best sports writer ever

Bill Littlefield for It’s Only a Game --- Bill Littlefield On Frank Deford

James Zirin for Huffington Post --- A Tribute To Frank Deford

Jay Busbee for Yahoo Sports --- Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter, dies at age 78

Vahe Gregorian for the Kansas City Star --- Frank Deford changed sportswriting

Associated Press --- Award-winning sports writer Frank Deford dies at 78

Michael Rosenwald for Columbia Journalism Review --- To Frank Deford, covering sports was an excuse to write about life

Joe Posnanski --- A toast to the best

Jack McCallum --- Of Frank Deford and Writing Lessons

Phil Taylor --- With condolences to the Deford family, and gratitude to Frank. RIP

Glen Clark --- In Presumed Final Interview, Frank Deford Weighed In On Preakness, Manny Machado, More

David Bixenspan for Deadspin --- How Frank Deford Helped Pro Wrestling Journalism Become Very Real

Ryan Glasspiegel for The Big Lead --- Frank Deford was a Giant Gentleman

Alex Putterman for Awful Announcing --- Sports media world mourns legendary sportswriter Frank Deford

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin for Hang Up and Listen (podcast 22:00) --- What Made Sports Illustrated’s Frank Deford Such a Legendary Writer

Jim Warren for Poynter --- Frank Deford’s storied career included one big failure

Maxwell Strachan for Huffington Post --- Legendary Sports Writer Frank Deford Dead At 78

Ramzy Nasrallah for --- When a writer dies

Silverman on Sports --- Chet Coppock and Jerry Seltzer on Frank Deford, Dr. David Grier on Sports Injuries & More!

Bob Kravitz for --- The death of a literary giant: Frank Deford was my idol, and ultimately, a colleague and friend

Arne K. Lang for The Sweet Science --- Frank Deford Didn’t Like Boxing, But He Wrote the Greatest Boxing Story

Referee Magazine --- Frank DeFord, Longtime Supporter of Sports Officials, Dies At 78

George Solomon for The Povich Center --- George Solomon on Frank Deford

TigerBlog --- The Elegance of Frank Deford

Matt Barron --- A Tribute to Frank Deford, The Rare Hero Who Exceeded Expectations

Jim Gentleman --- On the Passing of Frank Deford, Sports' Greatest Journalist