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“Stephen’s book is a real treat to read. He successfully mixes the bitter with the sweet of his young years. Unlike other books we have read. Stephen’s references to Harvey Haddixare factual. I will recommend this book to all our friends.”
- Marcia Haddix - Mrs. Haddix, Wife of Harvey Haddix

“This book? It’s all Stephen. From his worst to his best, and everywhere in between, this candid look inside of a person is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to read, gain wisdom, and grow - All within the pages of a book. This book should not only be on everyone’s reading list, but passed down from generation to generation like the stories of our elders. Read this book.”
- Peter Shankman - Best Selling Author, Speaker, and Founder of HARO

“Costello’s growing-up tales seemed to me a New Yorker’s version of Hoosier Dan Wakefield’s “Going All the Way,” with maybe even a “Catcher in the Rye” touch – delightful, entertaining, above everything else honest. Harvey Haddix would have been one proud Kitten.”
- Bob Hammel - Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, 15x Top Sportswriter in Indiana

“This book is a must read, and it touches a father’s heart. Stephen’s lessons will touch your heart and should be read by any son or daughter. It’s a great read and certainly should be a movie!”
- Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger- Motivational Speaker, Former University of Notre Dame Football Player

“Stephen Costello took one of my fastballs and hit it out of the park, I couldn’t put the book down.”
- Dwight “Doc” Gooden - 3X World Series Champion

“Raw. Honest. Funny. Brilliant. It’s packed with poignant life lessons and real, raw wisdom. Stephen pulls no punches, delighting readers with humorous stories and brilliant observations from his own life. Self-help meets self-humor in the pages of this amazing book, making it a true must read for all.”
- Laura Waage - Best Selling Author

“In 1996 Stephen Costello was at Yankee Stadium to cheer for me as I helped bring a World Series Championship back to the Bronx. Now I get to cheer for Stephen as he knocks it out of the park with this book.”
- Cecil Fielder - Home Run Champ & First Player With 3 Straight RBI Titles Since Babe Ruth

“If you’re old like me, you recall there was much less political sensitivity in the 1960’s. . .Injustice was settled with a fight after school, not in a courtroom or in the media. This book is a remembrance and a memoir of those days and those times. And how they relate to these days and these times. And you're going to love it. This book is a must read plain and simple you will love this book more than any other book you have ever read.”
- Jeffrey Gitomer - Best Selling Author, Professional Speaker, and Business Trainer

"My Father Never took me to a Baseball Game is full of deadpan humor, often hilarious, and told in a breezy conversational style. Ya gotta love Stephen Costello, he is the real deal."
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Stephen Costello was a student in my Communication classes at what was then Indiana State University. It has since become the University of Southern Indiana--due in part to the effort of Stephen who worked tirelessly and successfully toward our university becoming independent. It was exciting to read his first book. The stories about both baseball and his life were told in a conversational tone--as though he was speaking directly to his audience. When he spoke about his childhood, it was clear that a he could have developed a low sense of self esteem from the physical and emotional abuse he endured from his father. However, he was motivated to rise above the negative experiences to create a life that is both personally and professionally successful. Stephen's love of baseball is evident throughout the book. He cites a variety of stories--from the love of his grandfather who DID take him to baseball games, to anecdotes about numerous famous baseball figures, to the little known Harvey Haddix who won "two spectacular games in the 1960 World Series." Overall, Stephen's stories about both his life and his passion for baseball contribute to an enjoyable, inspiring and worthwhile book. It is a "good read!" Editorial review from Dr. Helen Sands.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Patches Publishing (June 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692231595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692231593
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I began reading My Father Never Took Me to a Baseball Game and I could NOT put it down! It is truly a wonderful book that touches on every human emotion. The memories and stories of Stephen's experiences growing up in the 60s and 70s, through today are told in a wonderful and heartfelt manner Plus his love for the game of baseball and his appreciation for some of the greats of the game, those known and not-so-well know, is woven into the book beautifully. It is touching to read about how much love Steve has for his family and his appreciation for everything he's been able to accomplish. I highly recommend the book as it is tremendously from the heart, a rare find these days!
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By jo on July 11, 2014
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An excellent read! Started it....finished it in a few hours. Although I'm not a tremendous baseball fan, the history of the game was enjoyable and enlightening. Although I am much older than the writer, I found myself reminiscing about the fear and wonder of moving from the "city" to the "country" and felt all the things the writer spoke about during that time. It's amazing how successful and good a man, husband and father he has become despite the dysfunction of his life as a child. He should be proud of himself for overcoming that part of his life. he has accomplished more than most people have who have had a stable childhood. Funny, 'educational', heart-wrenching and heart-warming. What more can you ask for? Amazing storytelling.
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This is a very funny book as well as an easy read on how Stephen Costello was growing up. Once I started to read this book I did not put it down until I was finished with it and I laughed quite a few times along the way. As a baseball fan he has educated me on a player that I never heard of and wrote about the player and interviewed some of the allstar players as well as the all time homerun king (I still say Hank Aaron is the leader no matter what the record books says) and his point of view of that player and the game. Believe me this is a great book that anyone can relate to. From having a pain in the neck of parents or just growing up playing sports and having memories with your friends. You will not be disappointed and come away with a few laughs and some memories of your own.
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By hotshop on September 3, 2014
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Loved this read! It took me a few places I hadn't been prepared to go which was a simultaneous joy and appreciation for the love of baseball and to some strong memories around the flaws in my own family. The author is top notch in his appreciation and knowledge of the game!
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Shout my endorsement from the mountaintop ... I loved "My Father Never Took Me to a Baseball Game"! This first book by Stephen K. Costello represents a marvelous achievement. It is pithy, inspirational, and written in a style that is conversational and easily internalized. Reading it reminded me of a roller coaster at Disneyland ... it took me up, down, and rapidly up again. If you love family, baseball, and a transformative read; explore this exceptional book and enjoy the ride!
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Great read! I started the book and could not put it down. Being "close" to the story and the author helped to peak my interest; however I was compelled to read on after the chapters kept switching back between the authors life and Harvey's.
Would recommend to anyone who loves baseball or grew up in the 60's, 70's or 80's.
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You may think this book is just about baseball, but it is really about LIFE. Baseball is an American favorite pastime and Stephen Costello uses historical facts (some of which you may not even know, really) and his experiences from the sport to add additional depth to his story.

Costello does not hold back and shares his hurt, joy, struggles, dreams and more to illustrate that being a good person and making an effort to connect with others, despite your surroundings, will benefit you throughout your entire life. Many people choose to blame their upbringing for their faults, problems, etc., but Costello clearly illustrates how he took his NEGATIVE childhood experiences and used them to FUEL and create a SUPER POSITIVE future.

So many individuals in Costello's life have benefitted from his positivity. I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs an extra ounce of confidence in their personal or business life and/or desire to learn that they are not alone in their own life challenges. Costello is a no excuse guy and has designed his life to enrich others.
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Engaging, comical and heartfelt sums up My Father Never Took Me To A Baseball Game. Mr. Costello is a storyteller and that's what I look for in a book. I want to lose myself in the words, to forget that I'm reading, and I can comfortably say "mission accomplished." Having lived in Long Island as a young boy I was transported back to my youth. I remembered what it was like to feel inspired by baseball and our heroes. I could almost feel the breeze thinking of days hanging out with my childhood friends.
I don't want to spoil anything for new readers by revealing all the details of the novelist's upbringing. Yet, I'm sure they'll guess that not everything was picture perfect in the author's life. He still managed to find a way to rise above those obstacles, achieving success in life. This success is not just tied to financial freedom but most importantly to the things that really matter...friends and family. Life lessons are delivered throughout his story, as well as, a healthy amount of belly laughs. You'll connect to the emotional spectrum of his experiences like they were your own.
From the very first chapter, Stephen Costello manages to hook you with something as unexpected as inchworms. That is what I mean by being a storyteller. Some authors attempt to impress you with overly descriptive passages filled with things that really don't matter and have you glossing over them as if in a fog.
This book will take you out to the ballgame on a perfectly sunny summer day. Well done!
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