There is no more romantic imagery in sports or literature than the man at the plate. One individual against nine players, each plotting against him. Onlookers noting every minutia of his successes and failures. And the only weapon in his possession – to beat back the opposing team, the naysayers, the disbelievers and that fiery, round projectile – is his bat. Not “a” bat, mind you. But his bat. For one does not go into battle with just any piece of lumber handed to him.
by Mike Duprez, The Dispatch - When he was a young kid growing up, Austin Beck admired North Davidson players such as Levi Michael and aspired to be one of them. He’s done that and then some. It was just in June when Beck was drafted No. 6 overall by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Draft, which led to a franchise-record $5.3 million signing bonus. On Wednesday, Beck was at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem signing autographs, unveiling his new signature souvenir bat and visiting with pediatric cancer patients. It’s something he has wanted to do ever since he met cancer patient Gavin Hill three years ago. “It was a thrill,” Beck said. “It was a dream of mine to... Continue Reading →
by Patrick Ferlise, Winston-Salem Journal - Swinging a glimmering green bat in the lobby, Austin Beck had a wide smile across his face as camera shutters clicked. It was a North Carolina homecoming the Oakland Athletics’ prospect would likely never forget, as he met cancer patients Wednesday at Brenner Children’s Hospital to trade baseball stories and sign autographs. But for Beck, this trip wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment venture. It all dates back to his career at North Davidson, where the outfielder forged a special bond three years ago with Gavin Hill, who is now 14 years old. A fifth-grader at the time and an avid fan of Black Knights baseball, Hill was diagnosed with cancer and immediately asked to meet his favorite player... Continue Reading →