Greg Austin; An educator and a sportsman; this is a tribute to my Teacher & Teammate. First, Mr. Austin passed away last week at his home, and the news came out about his passing; the tribute from former students, players, and friends started showing up on social media.
1974, the year I entered A.F Adderley High School and met a Bio teacher named Greg Austin. However, I never forgot the look on his face, and his voice spoke with authority. Moreover, he loved his students; if they behaved well, you got treated with respect.
The Protector of his Students:
For example, some outsiders ganged one of the school’s top athletes and were still hanging near the school when Mr. Austin went over and confronted the gang. Besides being outnumbered and ruffled up a little, he gained our respect, making him the student’s hero, even though we got a good laugh out of the incident,” needless to say, no more gang came around the school; while He taught at the school.” He later went on to teach at GHS.
Greg Austin, the baseball player:
As a young player, Greg started playing with the Penny Bankers junior league team in the late 60s before heading off to Bethune-Cookman University in Florida, where he also joined the baseball team. Part of his stories that he told us as rookies is how he beamed one of baseball’s Allstars, the Dodger’s first baseman Steve Garvey in a game.
However, in 1975, he joined the Del Janes team, coached by Charlie Williams and Sponsored by Stanley Wilson. That year He pitched on the national team; later, he moved over to St. Bernards, a team I joined 3yrs later.
Greg Austin always tried to teach the young pitchers how to spin the ball as a pitcher. So much so that Skipper Jim Wood would warn the young guys that Greg has 100 ways for them to break their wrist. What can you say? He loves teaching. However, today as a coach, I came to understand what he was trying to share.
The Latter Days of Sports:
In his latter days, Greg Austin moved to the game of Cricket, and I know he had the time of his life as a bowler; because spinning the ball was a part of the game. To this end, he played on many national t
Farewell, my teacher, my teammate & my friend:
A Member of the omega psi phi fraternity, Mr. Austin never stopped being a teacher, and we always had great conversations. So, my Teacher & my Teammate, take your rest and receive the reward for your good works to the youths of the Bahamas.
May God Bless & comfort His family.