"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.
A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, Gisriel is fascinated by the moment-to-moment composition of Life, a concept inherent in every baseball game.
“Each moment gives direction and meaning to the next,” says Gisriel.
Gisriel is the author of Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser, as well as Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley among other baseball books and essays.
A Board of Directors member of the New Market Rebels, a summer collegiate team in the Valley Baseball League, Gisriel’s baseball commentary can be heard every Thursday on “Gordy’s Sports World” on ESPN1380 in Greencastle, PA.
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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