"One of the very first baseball games that I ever went to, which was at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, ended when Brooks Robinson drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. I've been a fan and a believer ever since!" says Austin Gisriel who applies his writing talents to the Grand Old Game.
Gisriel is the author of Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley which explores the relationships that develop in the course of a college summer league season, not only among the players, but especially between the citizens of New Market, Virginia and their team, the Rebels.
In addition, Gisriel has penned Their Glorious Summer which details the year that John Kruk, Tom Browning, and Dan Pasqua played in New Market, as well as articles and essays for Virginia Living, Baseball Digest, and The Sunpapers (Baltimore). A regular contributor to Hagerstown Magazine particularly regarding the minor league Hagerstown Suns, Gisriel also contributes frequently to Seamheads.com, one of the country's leading baseball blogs. He serves as the "baseball expert" on Gordy's Sports Connection, a sports-talk show on WCBG 1380 AM in Greencastle, PA.
During the summer months, Gisriel may be heard on-line providing the play-by-play for the New Market Rebels' webcasts. He handles public relations for the Rebels and also serves on the team's Board of Directors.
Gisriel is married to the former Martha Pratt. They have two daughters, Rebecca and Sarah, either one of whom would have been named Brooks had she been a boy.
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3 Tales From the Grand Old Game
3 Tales From the Grand Old Game is a trio of short stories that will be enjoyed by fans both old and young. Baseball bonds four friends in the first tale and when one dies, the group embarks on one final road trip. In the second, Trent Tyler suddenly finds that he cannot throw a baseball and must complete an inner journey to discover why. In the fairy tale finale, a regular fan buys the Orioles.
Their Glorious Summer
Set as it was against the backdrop of the 1981 major league players’ strike, the story of the battle for the President’s Cup in Virginia's Valley Baseball League between the New Market Rebels and the Winchester Royals epitomizes that mix of glory and poignancy that produces such passion in those who love the game.
An inspiring and easy read at only 7,000 words (14 pages).
Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley
Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley tells the story of the 2009 New Market Rebels and the townspeople who house them, feed them, and root for them; welcome them into their homes in June and send them back to their schools in August. In the process, both players and fans become part of something greater than themselves, even if it is just a baseball team in a little town in the Shenandoah Valley.
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