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My Father Never Took Me to a Baseball Game Paperback – June 22, 2014
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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."- By the Book - Dan's Papers
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Top Customer Reviews
Reginald V. Johnson
Would recommend to anyone who loves baseball or grew up in the 60's, 70's or 80's.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't read a book this good in a very long time. My Father Never Took Me To A Baseball game got me from the first few pages. Read morePublished 11 months ago by vitawoman212
This book is a short but sweet memoir of Stephen's upbringing and the challenges he had faced. It comes with stories of inspiration and laughter while also focusing on the not so... Read morePublished 12 months ago by alec eidelman
This was a compelling book which really made me think....
He utilized the good he had instead of focusing on the negative...and was able to create a hugely successful life! Read more
This book was more than what I expected it to be. A history lesson + an exciting story of an interesting man that I also have the pleasure of working with! Read morePublished 14 months ago by michael grill
Mr. Costello writes a firecracker of a book! I couldn't put it down! He writes his amazing story like he is talking to his buddies on the stoop. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dwier Brown
I starting reading "My Father Never Took Me to a Baseball Game" on a plane ride home, and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sanya Mulhern
Wow..one of those rare books that grabs your attention from the very first page. Costello writes about his childhood in a way that makes you feel like you were right there with... Read morePublished 14 months ago by patrick
From the cozy, palm and citrus-tree lined streets of Arizona, I have always been fascinated by the story of the "city" kid who endeavored to make life better for himself, his... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jay Zimner
I truly enjoyed this book that was written from the heart. I laughed at how the kids played, teased each other and were required to do yard work. Read morePublished 15 months ago by McCord Chapman