The Book

What’s the book about? (now available on Kindle!)

For 16 years, Jane Mitchell has explored the hearts, souls and scrapbooks of high-profile athletes and rising sports stars for the television program One on One with Jane Mitchell. With 27 Emmys and a wide spectrum of fans, she has assembled a selection of athlete stories and more into a book. In One on One, Jane tells her story of becoming a journalist, of her personal and professional challenges, the risks and joys of the enviable job of covering athletes — a most unlikely subject because she was not always a sports fan.

Who’s in it?

Hall of Famers, fan favorites and rising stars include:

  • Adrian Gonzalez
  • Antonio Gates
  • Becky Moores
  • Dave Roberts
  • Dave Stewart
  • Dave Winfield
  • David Eckstein
  • David Wells
  • Donnie Edwards
  • Doug Flutie
  • Drew Brees
  • Edgar Gonzalez
  • Geoff Blum
  • Jake Peavy
  • Jerry Coleman
  • John Moores
  • Junior Seau
  • Ken Caminiti
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff
  • Khalil Greene
  • LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Larry Lucchino
  • Luis Castillo
  • Mark Kotsay
  • Mark Loretta
  • Mark Merila
  • Mark Sweeney
  • Mike Cameron
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Ryan Klesko
  • Shaun Phillips
  • Steve Finley
  • Ted Williams
  • Tim Flannery
  • Tina Mickelson
  • Tony Gwynn
  • Trevor Hoffman

The athletes may have come through San Diego, but people’s interest in them transcends a uniform. A Red Sox fan, for example, will be as thrilled to read about Red Sox heroes Ted Williams and Dave Roberts as a Padres follower will be. The athletes’ stories go beyond the box scores.

Who wants to read it?

Whether someone is a die-hard or casual sports fan interested in great people, stories or just curious about the life of a female sports reporter, this candid and honest book has something for everyone. In the same way Jane Mitchell has targeted her programs for family television, her book is appropriate for all ages.

What makes it unique?

No one else has interviewed or produced in-depth personal biographies on this particular collection of athletes. For some, the One on One program is the only comprehensive story on their life. As the television programs have become a part of the sports archives and landscape in San Diego, this book, along with Jane’s unique experience in sharing their stories, serves as a slice of history beyond the replays of the TV shows.

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