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.