Audrey grew up near Shea Stadium. For one long year in the 1970s, she was a Mets fan. She still has fondish memories of watching Rusty Staub and Wayne Garrett play in that hideous concrete stadium. But Mets fandom didn’t stick. Her team plays across the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx.
Audrey’s writing career took a long time to find its way to baseball. She wrote literary short fiction for years, earning her two fiction fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She wrote non-baseball picture books. And finally, she found her way to Effa Manley—the subject of her first baseball picture book.
That book took her on a research trip to The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center. She donned an archivist’s white cotton gloves and searched through folders of clippings and photos and articles related to the Negro Leagues, the Newark Eagles, Abe and Effa Manley. She viewed Effa Manley’s scrapbook on microfiche.
She tried to commit to a life of picture books that required the same kind of research, as it turned out that was Audrey’s idea of a really good time.
Her family is a blended one, including fans of the Yankees, the Phillies and (horrors) the Red Sox. Family vacations are usually built around spring training or visiting new ballparks. She lives halfway between Yankee Stadium and Citizens Bank Park, near the ocean in New Jersey.
For more about Audrey Vernick, visit her website.