Austin Gisriel would have replaced Brooks Robinson at third base for the Baltimore Orioles, and it was only a lack of talent that kept him from doing so.

“I discovered I could handle a pen better than a bat,” laughs Gisriel who has written a great deal about baseball, including Boots Poffenberger: Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser (2014: Summer Game Books) and Safe at Home: A Season in the Valley (2010).

A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, Gisriel most recently self-published a collection of flash fiction entitled, Time Is A Pool, which focuses on those moments when life intersects with Life.

“I’ve worked with a publisher, I’ve self-published, and I’ve not-published,” says Gisriel. “I have experienced most of the highs and lows of tackling this task, and have accumulated skills and experience that are valuable to other writers. This is why I now offer my services as a writing mentor.”

Gisriel is the baseball analyst emeritus for 1380 ESPN Radio in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and has also served on the Board of Directors of the New Market Rebels, a summer collegiate baseball team in the Valley Baseball League. He is also an avid ballroom dancer.

Austin and his wife, Martha, have two grown daughters, Rebecca and Sarah, either one of whom would have been named “Brooks” had either one been boys. The Gisriels recently moved to Stephenson, VA after living in Williamsport, MD for almost 23 years.


8 Responses to About

  1. Austin:
    I am a Nashville sports historian that has four books published. I have submitted a proposed book to Summer Games Books Publishers. If you don’t mind me asking, do you recommend them as a publisher? I appraciate any suggestions on them. I have your book of Boots Poffenberger a former Nashville Vol.
    Bill Traughber


  2. I certainly can recommend SGB! I sent you a more detailed email, Bill, and I hope that helps. Let me know if you didn’t get it.


  3. Joe (PoJoe) Jasensky says:

    Thanks for the book about the 1981 season, great memories


  4. Adele Connolly says:

    Austin, I don’t know if you remember me but we went to Western Maryland together (my maiden name is Weinberg). I just read about your writing in The Hill. I am an avid reader and my husband was a huge WWII history buff so I am looking forward to reading your novel.


    • Certainly I remember you, Adele! So glad that you reconnected, and I hope you like book. You’ll have to let me know what you think.


      • Adele Connolly says:

        Just finished Midnight TEars. It’s a really good book Austin and you should be proud of your work. My late husband John and my son Patrick were/ are Marines so John in particular would’ve appreciated your choice of branch fior the boys in town to join. One minor inaccuracy that needs to be brought up- a young man does not become a Marine the day he signs up. He has to earn that title through successful completion of boot camp. I was reminded of that every day my son was in boot camp, the longest 13 weeks of my life! I could definitely relate to the mothers’ angst in your book, even though my son didn’t serve in wartime, he was still in danger every day. Can’t wait to read more of your books!


      • Thank you so much for such a thoughtful reply, Adele. A happy new year to you and yours!


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