Cystic Fibrosis

Award-winning Baltimore sports writer Frank Deford dies at 78

Award-winning Baltimore sports writer Frank Deford dies at 78

Frank Deford, a master of deeply written Sports Illustrated profiles and later a courtly commentator for National Public Radio and HBO Sports, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. The Baltimore native was 78.

With wavy hair and a dark mustache, Deford cut a dashing figure, draping his 6-foot-4 frame in stylish jackets, often with a vivid handkerchief stuffed in the breast pocket. His look and sonorous speaking voice made him a memorable figure during long stints as a correspondent for HBO's "Real Sports" and as an NPR commentator. He recorded his last NPR dispatch less than a month ago, equating his own retirement after 1,656 commentaries to the shuttering of Ringling...

75°