Sachem alum Steven Costello recently wrote a book called “My Father Never Took Me To A Baseball Game.”
The book is a memoir that takes you into Costello’s life that started in the Bronx, but further developed in Farmingville as a student and athlete in the Sachem Central School District. It’s an in-depth look at how his childhood shaped his life and how he has reacted to many moments growing up, including dealing with abuse.
Quickly after its release, the book jumped to the top of Amazon’s list of “New Hot Releases.”
Costello, who graduated from Sachem in 1979 and attended Indiana State University, is the Executive Vice President of Steiner Sports. Among many accolades and high profile moments in his career, he was most recently responsible for overseeing the memorabilia and collectible plans around the retirement of Yankees legend Derek Jeter.
“I wanted to tell my story; I knew that it was something that a lot of people out there could relate to,” Costello said in an interview with Steiner boss Brandon Steiner. “In just a few short weeks I can’t even count the amount of people–even those I’ve never met–that have told me they’ve had similar experiences growing up. I wanted to emotionally connect with people and give them a good, honest, read. While I was writing the book I laughed and cried. I reconnected with my Grandfather’s kind spirit even though I lost him 40 years ago. I hope this can give my readers a similar experience.”
About the book: This book is about family, about success, about failure, about life, and of course about baseball. Raw. Honest. Funny. Brilliant. “My Father Never Took Me To A Baseball Game” is 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.
About Costello: Stephen Costello was born in Bronx, New York just a few miles from Yankee Stadium. His writing career blossomed as a childhood poet. Costello set his sights on Indiana State University, where he became the Managing Editor of The Shield. Costello then headed into the world of business, spending his twenties and thirties at the appliance giant, PC Richard and Son. There he had spawned many of the companies initiatives, in the branding and marketing arena’s. Costello, now EVP of Steiner Sports, working with the likes of New York Yankees Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter, New York Giants Eli Manning and New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist. Finally, Costello put together the tapestry of his childhood challenges with his first novel. The book has been met with glowing praise by both the celebrity community and several best selling authors. The book is genuine, real, and has brought many to laughter and tears.
- “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
-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro