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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Fred Mitchell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Fred Mitchell on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mitchell lives in Chicago. He is a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mitchell is a journalist and author. He has been a sportswriter and columnist with the Chicago Tribune for over 30 years, covering major sporting events including the Super Bowl, World Series, National Basketball Association Finals and Summer Olympics. Mitchell was his newspaper’s beat reporter covering the Chicago Cubs from 1983-88. The author of several books, Mitchell has been honored by the Washington Journalism Review, the All-American Football Foundation, and the Chicago Tribune for outstanding writing. He appears regularly on Chicago television, offering his commentary on the local and national sports scene.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Here come the '86 Cubs: Will this year's sleeper team strong-arm its way to the top?
ISBN: 0933893191

Bonus Books. 1986

Playing Through: Straight Talk On Hard Work, Big Dreams And Adventures With Tiger
ISBN: 0756774012

Diane Pub Co. 1998

At the heart of Tiger Woods' accomplishments is the special bond he shares with his father, mentor and first goal coach, Earl Woods. In Playing Through,

Tiger's dad shares the never-before-told story of the Woods family. Part autobiography and part ultimate insider's biography of Tiger, Playing Through is Earl Woods' opportunity to have his say and pass on lessons he has learned along the way.

For the first time, Earl faces the critics and cynics, addressing head-on the controversies and rumors that have grabbed headlines. In this brutally honest account of life with Tiger, Earl reveals how Tiger struggled to adapt to life as a pro, the racial attacks and hate mail, the painful sacrifices the family made throughout the years and the real reasons Tiger left Stanford after just two years. He also tells the untold story of what happened the night before Tiger's Masters' victory and the unique philosophy behind all of Tiger's actions, professional and personal.

Earl also shares his own stunning story. Raised by his sister after losing both of his parents by the time he was 13, he chose the military over a promising baseball career. He reveals the racial barriers that tortured him throughout his Army days, how he found his calling in the Green Berets and shocking details about his two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he met and befriended the original "Tiger," for whom his famous son is named. Woven throughout his recollections is the legacy of his mother and the lessons she imparted to him about family, faith and hard work -- all of which helped Earl to nurture and guide his son's talent.

A tribute to Tiger, to the powerful role of family and the bonds between fathers and sons and to the sport that has made so much possible for the Woods family, Earl's words will inspire all of us to work hard, dream big and "play through" life's challenges.

Tyrone Willingham: The Meaning of Victory
ISBN: 1582616728

Sports Publishing LLC. 2003

Stoic, unflappable, determined --all words used to describe Tyrone Willingham-- also represent the remarkable character of a man whose entire life has demanded poise under pressure. While Willingham became a household name during his first season as head football coach of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, this book goes behind the scenes and listens to the voices of the people who helped shape the athlete, the coach and the man. From his roots in Kinston, N.C., to his playing career at Michigan State and his 18-year coaching odyssey that included stops at his alma mater, Stanford and the NFL, we observe how every assignment was for a purpose. Whether he was performing as an athlete or a coach, Willingham, it seems, was never anybody's first choice. But he always responds in a first-class manner. A walk-on athlete at Michigan State, Willingham would earn three letters each in football and baseball. As perhaps the fourth or fifth choice to become head coach at Notre Dame, Willingham answered the call and led the Irish to a 10-3 record and bowl appearance. Bob Davie had been fired as Notre Dame's head coach after the disappointing 5-6 season of 2001. Willingham then replaced George O'Leary, who had been forced to resign because of embellishments on his resume. Willingham would become the first African-American head coach in the history of Notre Dame.

Cubs: Where Have You Gone?
ISBN: 1582618062

Sports Publishing LLC. 2004

This unique look back at Chicago baseball history researches 50 former Cubs players—some of them famous, many of them fairly obscure, all of them unforgettable. That is because they are, after all, part of the family. Part of Cub Nation.

From Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, to lesser known players such as Pete LaCock, avid fans of this long-suffering team will remember them for every heartbreak, every costly error and, yes, every glorious moment. Cubs: Where Have You Gone? serves as both a yearbook of unforgettable memories and an "alumni guide" for fans to find out where their heroes have gone since capturing their full attention at Wrigley Field.

Featured Cubs include Ferguson Jenkins, Andy Pafko, Dickie Noles, Gary Matthews, Billy Williams, Milt Pappas, Bobby Dernier, Lee Smith, Scott Sanderson, former manager Jim Frey, Shawon Dunston, Ed Lynch, Don Zimmer, Steve Trout, Ron Santo, Steve Stone, and former general manager Dallas Green. Veteran Chicago Tribune sportswriter Fred Mitchell, who has seen both the best and the worst the Cubs have had to offer through the years, is the author of this unique compilation.

Billy Williams: My Sweet-Swinging Lifetime with the Cubs
ISBN: 1600780504

Triumph Books. 2008

One of the most popular Cubs of all time—and now an executive advisor for the team—Williams reminisces about his early years, his Hall of Fame career, and his five decades in the game in this inspirational autobiography. In Billy Williams: My Sweet-Swinging Lifetime with the Cubs, he remembers the sturdy values and selfless devotion of the people from Whistler who helped shape his character

people like Lilly Dixon, his grade school principal, and Virgil Rhodes, his high school coach, both of whom he remembered in his Hall of Fame induction speech, and also his father who lived long enough to see his son play in the big leagues.


The All-American Football Foundation named Mitchell ''Outstanding Sportswriter of the Year'' in 2000.

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