Sports columnist Fred Mitchell wins prestigious award

Tribune sports columnist Fred Mitchell

Tribune sports columnist Fred MitchellChicago Tribune sports columnist Fred Mitchell is among three legends to receive this year’s Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism. The Chicago Athletic Association established the awards in 2002 to honor broadcasters and writers who “exemplify the wit and warmth of Ring Lardner’s writing.” Lardner was a world-renowned sportswriter, humorist and satirist.

White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone and the late White Sox broadcaster Bob Elson also received the honor. Mitchell joined the Tribune in 1974, where he has been a sportswriter and columnist. Stone has been a color commentator for the White Sox since 2009. Prior to that he was a major league pitcher and color commentator for the Cubs. Elson was in the broadcaster’s booth from 1929 to 1970, commentating Cubs and White Sox games. He died in 1981.

The three will be honored on May 4 at dinner held at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs.

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