Image Award-Winning Author Jeff Burlingame Releases New Book - George Varnell: The Life and Times of

NEW YORK - July 7, 2023 - PRLog -- Author Jeff Burlingame is pleased to announce the release of his new book, George Varnell: The Life and Times of a Pioneering Sportsman. Released by Gray Bear Books in March 2023, the book is already receiving rave reviews from readers.

The Boys in the Boat. Gonzaga University basketball. College football. Pacific Northwest sports journalism. Without George Varnell, none of these things would likely be thought of the same way today.

George Varnell's story once was stored in bits and pieces of bits and bytes-online mentions in newspaper articles, on sports websites, and in digitized archives of the many universities whose athletic teams he either cursorily or profoundly impacted. Now pulled together in George Varnell: The Life and Times of a Pioneering Sportsman, those mentions tell the more-than-noteworthy tale of a silently influential man. This meticulous biography illustrates Varnell's life as:

* An athlete who competed in America's first Olympics in 1904;

* A college football running back at the University of Chicago under coach Amos Alonzo "A.A." Stagg;

* Gonzaga University's first basketball coach, who helped create the team (and also an early football coach at the school);

* A longtime sports editor in both Spokane at The Daily Chronicle and at The Seattle Times, where he was a contemporary of Royal Brougham of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer;

* A prominent college football referee who still holds the record for most Rose Bowl games officiated. In the days when referees were better known than star players, Varnell was indeed a star profiled in film, magazines, and newspapers;

* The Seattle Times' beat reporter for the University of Washington's crew team, including the one that won gold in the 1936 Olympics. Varnell helped fundraise for that team so it could attend the Olympics, is regularly sourced in Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat, and also has a trophy in his name awarded at the Huskies' opening-day race each year.

The unheralded story of this athlete, groundbreaking Gonzaga University basketball coach, record-setting Rose Bowl referee, renowned sports writer, and dedicated family man will appeal to sports fans as well as those who find themselves intrigued by the humble human spirit.

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George Varnell: The Life and Times of a Pioneering Sportsman ( is available for purchase at Amazon ( in print and ebook formats.
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