(Editor’s Note: Frank Deford, one of the country’s best sportswriters, died on May 28th. League of Fans founder, Ralph Nader, shared his thoughts on Deford’s passing in the following statement.)
Frank Deford rose far above the conventional image of a sports writer.
A beautiful writer with a beautiful mind for decades enlightened the sports world with his insights and acute observations. They ranged from the specifics of games and teams to the larger role of sporting activity – organized and unorganized – in our culture.
One of a kind, this Princetonian will be sorely missed. His humane voice is stilled but his voluminous writings and activities will be his enduring legacy for posterity.
— Ralph Nader
(Editor’s Note: Ken Reed, League of Fans’ Sports Policy Director, wrote a column about Deford for Huffington Post this week.)Print
- League of Fans is a sports reform project founded by Ralph Nader to fight for the higher principles of justice, fair play, equal opportunity and civil rights in sports; and to encourage safety and civic responsibility in sports industry and culture.