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Name:  Lew Freedman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951


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Illinois Connection

Freedman worked for the ''Chicago Tribune'' for seven years.

Biographical and Professional Information

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Lew Freedman is one of today’s most prolific sportswriters. Having covered almost every major sport from baseball to Alaskan dogsled racing, Freedman is the author of more than 75 books and the winner of more than 250 journalism awards. He lived in Alaska for seventeen years and was previously the sports editor of the ''Anchorage Daily News'' and a sports journalist for the ''Chicago Tribune'' from 2001 - 2008. He is currently a freelance writer and lives in Columbus, Indiana.


Published Works

  • Real Alaskans: Men and Women Who Make the Great Land Great, Hancock House Publishing, 1990
  • Father of the Iditarod - The Joe Reddington Story, Epicenter Press, 1999
  • Diamonds in the Rough, Epicenter Press, 2000
  • Spirit of the Wind: The Story of George Attla, Alaska's Legendary Sled Dog Sprint Champ, Epicenter Press, 2001
  • One Second to Glory, Epicenter Press, 2001
  • Cubs Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan, Triumph Books, 2006
  • Stadium Stories: Chicago Bears, Globe Pequot, 2006
  • Game of My Life: Chicago Bears, Sports Publishing , 2006
  • White Sox Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!, Triumph Books, 2007
  • Chicago Cubs: Memorable Stories of Cubs Baseball, Sports Publishing, 2007
  • African American Pioneers of Baseball, Greenwood Publishing Company, 2007
  • Chicago Bears: The Complete Illustrated History, Voyageur Press, 2008
  • The 50 Greatest Plays in Chicago Bears Football History, Triumph Books, 2008
  • Dynasty: The Rise of the Boston Celtics, Lions Press, 2008
  • Game of My Life: White Sox: Memorable Stories of Chicago White Sox Baseball, Sports Publishing, 2008
  • Thunder on the Tundra, Alaska Northwest Books, 2008
  • LeBron James: A Biography, Greenwood Press, 2008
  • Baseball: The Way We Were, Chartwell Books, 2008
  • Yukon Quest: The Story of the World's Toughest Sled Dog Race, Epicenter Press, 2010
  • Ted Lambert: The Man Behind the Paintings, University of Alaska Press, 2012
  • Game of My Life Cincinnati Reds: Memorable Stories of Reds Baseball, Skyhorse Publishing, 2013
  • Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight, McFarland & Company, 2013
  • The Packers Experience: A Year-by-Year Chronicle of the Green Bay Packers, MVP Books, 2013
  • Football Stadiums: A Guide to Professional and Top College Stadiums, Firefly Books, 2013
  • Bad Friday: The Great & Terrible 1964 Alaska Earthquake, Epicenter Press, 2013
  • My Season on the Kenai: Fishing Alaska's Greatest Salmon River, Alaska Northwest Books, 2013
  • Lowell Thomas Jr.: Flight to Adventure, Alaska and Beyond, Alaska Northwest Books, 2013
  • Indianapolis Colts: The Complete Illustrated History, MVP Books, 2013
  • The 50 Greatest Players in Boston Red Sox History, Camino Books, 2013
  • Game of My Life Chicago White Sox: Memorable Stories of White Sox Baseball, Sports Publishing, 2013
  • Encyclopedia of Stock Car Racing, Greenwood, 2013
  • Becoming Iron Men: The Story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers, Texas Tech University Press, 2014
  • A Summer to Remember: Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller, and the 1948 Cleveland Indians, Sports Publishing, 2014
  • Pelé: A Biography, Greenwood, 2014
  • Jump Shot: Kenny Sailors: Basketball Innovator and Alaskan Outfitter, WestWinds Press, 2014
  • Racing Toward Recovery: The Extraordinary Story of Alaska Musher Mike Williams Sr., Alaska Northwest Books, 2015
  • Boston Red Sox, Sportszone, 2015
  • Seattle Mariners, Sportszone, 2015


Selected Titles At Your Library

Real Alaskans :
ISBN: 0888392540. OCLC Number:

Hancock House,. Surrey, B.C. :. ©1990.

Biographies of modern Alaskans who are finding new challenges, yet trying to reach back into the past and preserve it.

Father of the Iditarod :
ISBN: 0945397755. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press,. Fairbanks :. [1999]

A biography of Joe Redington, founder of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, discussing his early life and struggles, the happiness he found after moving to Alaska in 1948, and his efforts to rescue Alaska dog mushing from extinction by creating the now famous race.

Diamonds in the rough :
ISBN: 0945397828. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press,. Kenmore, WA :. ©2000.

Spirit of the wind :
ISBN: 0945397933. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press,. Kenmore, Wash. :. ©2000.

For decades, George Attla dominated the sport of sprint mushing. This is the biography of an extraordinary man and his dogs whose uncommon strength, agility, speed, and endurance are the stuff of champions.

One second to glory :
ISBN: 0970849346. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press/Alaska Book Adventures,. Kenmore, WA :. ©2001.

In 1978, Dick Mackey claimed the most dramatic victory ever in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, crossing the finish line in Nome a mere one second ahead of Rick Swenson after a two-week, 1,149 mile-run from Anchorage. Many years later Alaskans still shake their heads in amazement. In One Second to Glory, Mackey shares this and many other adventures: Making a home in the forntier state in the heady first day s of Statehood; Surviving the 1964 earthquake and helping rebuild Alaska; Mushing against ""Doc"" Lombard and George Attla in the heyday of sprint racing; Helping Joe Redington organize the Iditarod Trail SLed Dog Race; Experience 82 degrees below zero at Coldfoot, his famous Arctic Circle truck stop; Mackey's colorful stories are told in his own words in interviews with Lew Freedman, outdoor adventure writer for the Chicago Tribune and longtime former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News. Freedman has written seventeen books about Alaska.

Cubs essential :
ISBN: 1572438169. OCLC Number:

Triumph Books,. Chicago :. ©2006.

Stadium stories :
ISBN: 0762740949. OCLC Number:

Insiders' Guide,. Guilford, Conn. :. 2006.

Game of my life.
ISBN: 1596701005. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub. L.L.C.,. Champaign, IL :. 2006.

White Sox essential :
ISBN: 1572439327. OCLC Number:

Triumph Books,. Chicago :. ©2007.

A one-stop record containing everything White Sox fans want to know about their favorite baseball team, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.

Game of my life, Chicago Cubs :
ISBN: 1596701730. OCLC Number:

SportsPub.,. Champaign, IL :. ©2007.

Chicago Bears :
ISBN: 0760332312. OCLC Number:

MBI Pub. Co,. Minneapolis :. 2008.

The ultimate history of the legendary Chicago Bears, from Halas to Hester, with hundreds of photos, stats, and player profiles.

The 50 Greatest Plays in Chicago Bears Football History.
ISBN: 1600781225. OCLC Number:

Triumph Books,. Chicago :. 2008.

In a series that explores the logic-defying comebacks and tough losses, the dramatic interceptions, fumbles, game-winning field goals, and touchdowns that shape a fan's greatest memories of their beloved team, this book does not disappoint as the ultimate collector's item for Bears fans. It chronicles the most famous moments in Chicago football history, including Gale Sayers's six-touchdown day against the 49ers, Walter Payton's 275-yard performance in 1977, Devin Hester's Super Bowl XLI kickoff return, and the dominating team performance of Super Bowl XX. The descriptions of each play are acc.

Dynasty :
ISBN: 1599211246. OCLC Number:

Lyons Press,. Guilford, Conn. :. ©2008.

Discusses the success of the Boston Celtics basketball team between 1957-1969, when they won eleven titles under the coaching of Red Auerbach and with assistance from players such as Bill Russell and John Havlicek.

Game of my life.
ISBN: 1596702915. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub.,. Champaign, IL :. ©2008.

Thunder on the tundra :
ISBN: 0882407422. OCLC Number:

Alaska Northwest Books,. Anchorage :. ©2008.

Seasoned journalist Lew Freedman captures this inspiring story of the Whalers, the only football team above the Arctic Circle: 330 north to be exact. Of the 44 Eskimo, Tongan, Samoan, Asian-American, African-American and Caucasian teenagers who signed up for this experiment, only four had ever played organized football before.

LeBron James :
ISBN: 0313343616. OCLC Number:

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LeBron James is simultaneously on the cutting edge of basketball greatness and as a cultural icon. Through the international exposure of the National Basketball Association and its televised games in more than 100 countries, and as a global marketing presence, the star of the Cleveland Cavaliers is rapidly becoming one of the world's most familiar faces. This biography traces the key events in the life of LeBron James during his dizzying rise to fame in high school to his emergence as the first overall pick in the NBA draft as an 18-year-old, to his carrying the underdog Cavaliers to the 2007.

Baseball /
ISBN: 0785824413. OCLC Number:

Chartwell Books, Inc.,. Edison, NJ :. 2008.

Yukon quest :
ISBN: 1935347055. OCLC Number:

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Ted Lambert :
ISBN: 1602231656. OCLC Number:

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Game of my life, Cincinnati Reds :
ISBN: 1613213271. OCLC Number:

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Joe Louis :
ISBN: 0786459077. OCLC Number:

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"Joe Louis held the heavyweight boxing championship longer than any other fighter and defended it a record 25 times. During the 1930s and 1940s, the owner of the heavyweight title belt was the most prominent sports competitor not aligned with a team sport. The biography of Louis outlines his rise from poverty to the best-known African American"--Provided by publisher.

The Packers experience :
ISBN: 0760344507. OCLC Number:

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"Experience the Packers like never before in this beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated look at more than 90 years of Green Bay football. With season-by-season recaps, player profiles, stats, and glorious images, this unique tribute immerses you in all the memorable moments and heroes of the green and gold"--Jacket.

Football stadiums :
ISBN: 1770852174. OCLC Number:

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Football Stadiums tells the stories of about 150 of the great stadiums -- active and retired -- across the country that have hosted pro football or college football play. They are home to current NFL franchises and the best college teams and a source of endless fascination, research, discussion, and even pilgrimages. To serious fans, they are hallowed ground.

Bad friday :
ISBN: 1935347241. OCLC Number:

Epicenter Press,. Kenmore, Washington :. ©2013.

On March 27, 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake lasting more than five minutes rocked south central Alaska, leveling waterfronts, collapsing bridges, and crumbling landscapes. The most powerful quake in North American history and ensuing tidal waves left homes broken, children orphaned, and infrastructure decimated. Yet, from within the tragedy also came stories of heroism, community, and perseverance from Alaskans who rode the earth as it shifted more than 14 feet, who floated atop roofs as the tsunami hit, and who searched through rubble and deserted homes amid devastation, heartbreak, and the beginning of recovery.

My season on the Kenai :
ISBN: 0882409069. OCLC Number:

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"The Kenai is a world-class salmon river that attracts fishermen from all over the world, but is also the "everyman" river of the great fishing paradise of Alaska because of its accessibility. The Kenai River is special not only because world-record salmon are caught in its stunning green waters, but because it is on the road system and thus can be accessed by the average fisherman, not merely the well-to-do who pay huge sums to fish in remote Alaskan areas controlled by private lodges and that are approachable only by small planes. In a state that takes at least a share of its identity from its image as The Last Frontier and concurrently as a fishing haven, the Kenai River is the lifeblood of a sporting world and industry that offers an incomparable fishing experience to the resident, the tourist, the hardcore fisherman, the beginner, and the expert. Fishermen in the Lower 48 states, seduced by images of gigantic fighting salmon, dream of some day fishing the picturesque waters of the Kenai River. Fishermen who live in Southcentral Alaska, including Alaska's largest city of Anchorage, plot their fishing seasons around the arrival of king salmon, red salmon, and silver salmon. To all of them, the Kenai is a magical river. Not only is it the place of dreams, where an angler might catch a world record or world-class fish, it is, despite its nearness to the small cities of Kenai and Soldotna, still a wilderness. At one bend in the river there might be a hotel, a private summer home, or a forest since the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge also swallows the Kenai River. The eighty-file-mile-long Kenai River is, more or less, two rivers. The upper river prohibits motorized boats altogether. The lower river features them. The upper river invites rafters and fly-fishermen. The lower river offers savvy guides who know each turn of the river, each rock's placement, and the opportunity to fish for 70-, 80-, or 90-pound salmon through specially developed styles appropriate to the area and the species. The upper river allows for Dolly Varden and rainbow trout fishing. The lower river emphasizes big salmon. Each summer thousands of anglers fish the Kenai River. They bring millions of dollars worth of business to the Kenai Peninsula while following their dreams and bringing home stories of wilderness fishing adventures."--

Lowell Thomas Jr. :
ISBN: 088240914X. OCLC Number:

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"Lowell Thomas Jr. is a famed Alaskan who made his mark as a Bush pilot and by serving in state government, but who also has had a lifetime's worth of adventures that have taken him around the world. Thomas, now eighty-nine, and living in Anchorage, is the son of one of the most widely known Americans of the twentieth century, and his connection to Lowell Thomas Sr. (1892-1981) enabled him to jump-start his life of adventure at a very early age. From the time he was fifteen, Lowell Thomas Jr. has been involved in a series of journeys that have seen him cross paths with many famous lives and take part in many historic events"--

Indianapolis Colts :
ISBN: 0760343306. OCLC Number:

MVP Books,. Minneapolis, MN :. 2013.

""A complete illustrated history of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, including the team's early era in Baltimore"--Provided by publisher"--

The 50 greatest players in Boston Red Sox history /
ISBN: 1933822740. OCLC Number:

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Game of my life, Chicago White Sox :
ISBN: 1613213204. OCLC Number:

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"More than twenty former and current Pale Hose players share their fondest single-game White Sox experience and memories with the Chicago Tribune’s Lew Freedman. Many of these moments have helped shape the White Sox’s rich heritage in Chicago. Billy Pierce, Scott Podsednik, Mark Buehrle, Greg Walker, Bobby Jenks, Turk Lown, and Gerry Staley are but a few of the legendary stars who discuss the games of their lives. This book is the ticket for White Sox fans to travel back in time alongside many of their heroes to experience the moments that have shaped the South Siders during the team’s 107-year history" -- Amazon.com.

Encyclopedia of stock car racing /
ISBN: 0313387095. OCLC Number:

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Provides a history of the sport as well as an up-to-date examination of modern-day stock car racing.

Becoming iron men :
ISBN: 0896728773. OCLC Number:

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"The greatest untold story in college basketball history. Loyola University Chicago was ahead of its time when racial matters were forefront in a long overdue revolution in civil rights. The Ramblers of the 1962-1963 NCAA college basketball season were pioneers in race relations in sport, though most of the time they were simply playing the sport they loved. When the NCAA tournament began in March, the Ramblers engaged in a series for the ages, daring to be the first NCAA Division I school to play five black athletes on the court at once and capturing the most prestigious title in college basketball at a time when states below the Mason-Dixon line still had laws on the books preventing black and white athletes from mixing even in pick-up games. Records were set, rivals faced, and one of the most famous and significant contests in college basketball playoff history played out in what incidentally became a model showcase for race relations. Nearly every time the Ramblers took the court, the game was unique in its magnitude. Relying significantly on exclusive interviews with surviving players, now in their seventies, Lew Freedman chronicles the entire journey, the adventure of the season that bound tight for a lifetime the group of men who lived through it"--

Summer to Remember :
ISBN: 1613216475. OCLC Number:

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While the Cleveland Indians are known lately more for being cellar dwellers than world champions, that wasn't the case in 1948. Ranked by the Sporting News as the ninth-best team in baseball history, the '48 Indians were a colorful group of guys, led by the always colorful Bill Veeck, the future Hall of Famer who was running his first team. But the Indians weren't just well run in the front office; their team on the field was comprised of seven future Hall of Famers. Player-manager Lou Boudreau would not only lead his team to the playoffs, but would also become the first shortstop to ever win the American League's Most Valuable Player award. He also relied on pitchers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, and Negro leagues legend Satchel Paige (then forty-one years old), as well as second baseman Joe Gordon and right fielder Larry Doby, who followed Jackie Robinson by only a few weeks in breaking the color barrier in baseball. The Indians finished the '48 season at 97 58 and were tied with Joe McCarthy's Boston Red Sox, which led to the first-ever one game playoff in American League history. The Indians were victorious and would then defeat the Boston Braves in six games to win the World Series. The Monsters of Municipal Stadium is a fantastic look at one of the greatest teams ever to play the game, and at how everyone involved in this extraordinary season from the players to management made 1948 a memorable year for baseball and the city of Cleveland.

Pelé :
ISBN: 1440829802. OCLC Number:

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How did a young boy born into poverty become not only an international soccer star but a celebrity who visited and dined with kings and presidents? Where did the passion that fueled his success originate?

Jump shot :
ISBN: 088240993X. OCLC Number:

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"Kenny Sailors was a basketball star, and the inventor of the jump shot. He attended the University of Wyoming and was MVP in 1943 in college AA basketball. After WWII, he spent five years as an early player in the new NBA. As a youngster, Kenny was five-foot-seven but his older brother was six-foot-two so when playing basketball, Kenny had to jump up over his brother to get off a shot. That is how the jump shot was born, and Kenny used it in college and professional basketball. He played in Denver and several other cities whose team names have now changed, but he also played for the Boston Celtics with Bob Cousy. After he left the NBA, he moved to Alaska and in 1965 settled in the Glennallen area, where he was a fishing and hunting guide in the Wrangle Mountains for thirty-five years. He now lives in Idaho, and his son lives and flies aircraft from Antioch, California"--

Racing toward recovery :
ISBN: 1941821448. OCLC Number:

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Boston Red Sox /
ISBN: 1624034632. OCLC Number:

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Inside MLB profiles each of the 30 franchises in Major League Baseball. Boston Red Sox is a beginner?s history of the Red Sox, covering the beginnings of the franchise, the greatest and lowest moments of the team, and the best players and managers. Fun facts, anecdotes, and sidebars round out the story of each club, allowing your readers to get Inside MLB! SportsZone is an imprint of Abdo Publishing.

Seattle Mariners /
ISBN: 1624034853. OCLC Number:

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A beginner's history of the Mariners, covering the beginnings of the franchise, the greatest and lowest moments of the team, and the best players and managers. Fun facts, anecdotes, and sidebars round out the story of the club.


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