The author of eighteen books, Frank Deford has worked in virtually every medium. He is senior contributing writer at "Sports Illustrated, " where his byline first appeared in 1962. A weekly commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition," he is also a regular correspondent on the HBO show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." As a journalist, Deford has won the National Magazine Award for profiles, and has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of the Year six times, he was also cited by "The American Journalism Review" as the nation's finest sportswriter and was twice voted Magazine Writer of the Year by the "Washington Journalism Review." He has been presented with a Christopher Award and awards for distinguished service to journalism from the University of Missouri and Northeastern University. Deford and Red Smith are the only authors with more than one piece in "The Best American Sportswriting of the Century," edited by David Halberstam. For his radio and TV work, Deford has won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award.