January 29, 1985
Times sports columnist Scott Ostler was named the top sportswriter in California by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assn. Vin Scully of the Dodgers was named the state's top sportscaster. Former Raiders' Coach John Madden was named the nation's best sportscaster, with Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated named top writer. Jim Murray of The Times was one of four finalists for that award.
February 8, 2004
Regarding the article "Picking Nits With Frank Deford" (by Glenn F. Bunting, Jan. 11), what a splendid expose! The Times' resources could not have been used more wisely. Soon, I hope, Bunting and his researchers will turn to a similar, if less demanding, project. That is, when will the speeches, statements, announcements, musings, observations and remarks of George W. Bush be examined to determine if he has ever told the truth as president of the United States? I await the results of your investigation.
January 10, 1985
Bill Christine of The Los Angeles Times, and Eddie Donnally, a former jockey who writes for the Dallas Morning News, are co-winners of the Eclipse Award for thoroughbred racing's outstanding newapaper story in 1984, it was announced Wednesday at Lake Success, N.Y. Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated won an Eclipse Award for his magazine coverage. The three will be honored at the Eclipse awards dinner in Los Angeles Feb. 8.
February 6, 1987 |
Los Angeles Times sports columnist Jim Murray, named national sportswriter of the year 13 times in 16 years by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assn., this year has been named California sportswriter of the year. Times columnist Scott Ostler had won the state award the past five years. Winning the national honor this year is Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated.
January 26, 1988
Times sportswriter Randy Harvey and Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn were named California award winners by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Assn. for 1987. Harvey, who joined The Times in 1981, primarily covers Olympic-related stories. Hearn has been the voice of the Lakers since 1961. Bob Costas of NBC and Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford were named the national award winners. Both are repeat winners. Costas has won twice before and Deford is a five-time winner.
August 15, 2013 |
Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank Deford calls football "barbarous. " Author Malcolm Gladwell labels it a "dumb … 19th century game. " But it's that characterization that appears backward to anyone paying attention. In 1905, when President Theodore Roosevelt intervened to help make the game he loved safer, more athletes died from on-field collisions on a single Saturday afternoon (three)