Williamsport Book Signing Features Biography of Baseball Character “Boots” Poffenberg
Williamsport, MD – Author Austin Gisriel will be signing copies of his latest book about “America’s pastime” at the Williamsport Town Museum on July 27, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The museum is located in the lower level of the Springfield Barn, 16 Springfield Ln., Williamsport, MD 21795.
Boots Poffenberger – Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser tells the story of one of Williamsport’s favorite sons, who despite spending only three seasons in the major leagues managed to leave a major impression.
A review of the book states, “This carefully researched and affectionately written biography captures the essence of a true baseball original. Follow Boots’ rise and fall in the big leagues, where his fondness for beer earned him the nickname “The Prince of Pilsner.” Enjoy his resurrection in the minor leagues, including a 29-win season that amazingly did not earn him a return to The Show, due to Boots’ nonconformity. Read about him during World War II, and his perilous assignment as a Marine Corps pitcher based in Hawaii. Finally, get to know Boots in his later life, as a small town local hero, whose outsized personality and heart resonate with the locals still today.”
When he’s not writing about baseball, Gisriel can be heard on WCBG’s talk show Gordy’s Sports Connection as the “baseball expert” and broadcasting play-by-play for the New Market Rebels’ webcasts. He also handles public relations for the Rebels and serves on the team’s Board of Directors. In addition, he contributes articles about baseball to numerous publications and blogs.
Gisriel will give a short presentation about Boots Poffenberger at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the book signing. Refreshments will be served.