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Fred Mitchell

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Mitchell lives in Chicago. He is a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune.

Biography: 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 newspaperís 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.

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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Fred Mitchell on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Billy Williams :
ISBN: 9781600780509 OCLC: 849937343

Triumph Books, Chicago : ©2007.

One of the most popular Cubs of all time¬óand now an executive advisor for the team¬óWilliams 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.

Cubs :
ISBN: 1582618062 OCLC: 56676207

Sports Pub., Champaign, IL : ©2004.

  Here come the '86 Cubs :
ISBN: 0933893191 OCLC: 14083044

Bonus Books, Chicago : 1986.

  Playing through :
ISBN: 0756774012 OCLC: 948031216

Diane Pub Co, [Place of publication not identified] : 1998.

Playing through :
ISBN: 006270222X OCLC: 38409978

HarperCollins Publishers, New York : ©1998.

At the heart of Tiger Woods' accomplishments is the special bond he shares with his father, mentor and first golf 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.

Sayers :
ISBN: 1572439955 OCLC: 123136768

Triumph Books, Chicago, Ill. : ©2007.

The record-breaking football player shares the story of his life, from his Omaha, Nebraska, upbringing and his All-American college career, to his accomplishments with the Chicago Bears before an injury cut short his spectacular professional career.

  Sayers :
ISBN: 9781623680961 OCLC: 820844594

Triumph Books, Chicago, Ill. : ©2007.

Four decades ago, Gale Sayers allowed his remarkable running ability on the football field to speak for him. Today, Sayers has a powerful and poignant message to pass along not only to athletes but to everyone, and it's a message straight from his heart. Sayers, who grew up in modest surroundings in Omaha, Neb., is the son of a car polisher and mechanic. After fielding 75 college scholarship offers, he selected Kansas, where he became an All-American halfback before being selected in the first round of the 1965 draft by the Bears. Later, he became the youngest man ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at age 34. A knee injury in 1968 cut short his spectacular career, which included an NFL record 6-touchdown effort against the San Francisco 49ers. The story of Sayers' friendship with former Bears teammate Brian Piccolo was immortalized in the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian's Song, which starred James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers. The loss of Brian helped Sayers put his life in proper perspective. He later realized his serious knee injury was just a minor blip on the screen when it comes to life and death matters. Since leaving pro football, his enduring message to young athletes is to respect the game, give back to the community and prepare for the future. Those are words he has lived by his entire life, and they make Sayers: My Life and Times one of the most compelling sports memoirs to come along in recent years.

Then Ditka Said to Payton--- :
ISBN: 1572439858 OCLC: 818819232

Triumph Books, Chicago : 2008.

Here is your chance to go inside the huddle, head into the locker room, or grab a seat on the sidelines. This is your exclusive pass to get on the team plane or have breakfast at the team hotel. Go behind the scenes and peek into the private world of the players, coaches, and decision makers and eavesdrop on their conversations. True Chicago Bears fans don't need to read about the history of the team because most of them have lived it. However, there are many interesting and humorous behind-the-scenes stories about some of the Bears' most beloved and infamous players and coaches that many.

Tyrone Willingham :
ISBN: 1582616728 OCLC: 53174642

Sports Pub., [Champaign, Ill.] : ©2003.