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Stealing Home: A Father, a Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game

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"Five Stars. It’s so much more than a memoir. It’s a grand road trip story as well as a real-life family saga--and at its heart, a consummate baseball story. This well-written sports memoir is most highly recommended." — Jack Magnus, Reader's Favorite

The rarest outcome in sports is a perfect game in baseball. One team does everything right, forcing the other team to accomp
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Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Skin Horse Press
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Diane S ☔
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
Thoughts soon.
Melissa Stoeltje
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje:
I read a lot of memoirs, and "Stealing Home" ranks up there with some of the best.
In telling his tale of his summer of redemption -- when he uses trips to baseball games as an avenue to reconnect with son Nicky while reconciling the turbulent relationship he had with his own problematic father -- Seybold manages to plumb a multiplicity of levels, all of them human and heartfelt.
He weaves a narrative the encompasses a universe of pain - his difficult divorce, his struggl
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Susan E
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No memoir has delighted me more than Ron Seybold’s new release, Stealing Home. One of my favorite lines is, “Limits were for dads who weren’t on epic road trips.”

And what a road trip it was! Ron and his little leaguer son, Nicky, take a road trip of a lifetime in a T-topped Pontiac Sunbird in the 90’s. A guys’ only journey to landmark baseball stadiums across the US, they see a record number of games in barely a handful of days.

We’re privy to Ron’s clever and intelligent prose; it’s relatable
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Earnest Painter
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Home is a story about a man, his son, a road trip, baseball and a historic game. The author is determined to have the most memorable vacation with his son. Ron Seybold is divorced, and sees his son on established weekends and vacation times. In spite of this, he is determined to be the father that he never had, rather than the angry father that raised him.

He faces the fact that, so far, he has been he has been just that—angry, anxious and unpleasant to be around. Without telling us in
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Jennifer Berliner
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Leesa Ross
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book about boys and dads

My three boys played on a Little League field just like the one that Ron’s son Nicky played on. But in truth, this book is so much more than a baseball story. It's about a father's redemption—a father-son story of magic, misguided perfection and anxious drama.

Ron was a divorced dad and used his summer visitation to take his 11 year-old son Nicky on a 14 day trip between Texas and his boyhood town of Ohio. Like the book says, he was hoping the trip wou
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Frank W
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you aren't a baseball enthusiast, you will still connect on an emotional level as old as human kind. The story is really about unrelinquished love of a Father for his Son. The author works through his guilt of a failed marriage and remorse of an unfulfilling relationship he had with his own father and rises to a higher level to be the father figure that he wishes to become. An adventure across country with little else than a credit card and boundless love for his boy, the story moves at a goo ...more
MoneyDiva Leah Little
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Playing the Game of Life, One Day at a Time

If you enjoy that most American of games, baseball, and you are a father or have one, Stealing Home should be in your summer reading lineup.

An honest look at what fatherhood is and can be: soppily sentimental, anxiety producing and heroic. Seybold uses his love of sports along with parenting advice from Homer Simpson in lieu of the model from his own, damaged, father to mold himself into the Dad he wants to be.

With a professional reporter’s skill, an
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Nancy Warren
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ron Seybold has hit a home run with his new book Stealing Home. In his heart-warming memoir, a weekend dad takes his eleven-year-old son on a two- week vacation in 1994. You’ll enjoy every page as you follow them through the Midwest stopping at all the major league ball parks along the way. It is trip neither will ever forget, and during their journey, Ron recalls his relationship with his own father and gains insight on how he wants his son to remember him. It is a book I loved reading, and cou ...more
Gary McLean
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this memoir of a father trying to connect with his son by planning a 2 week road trip to cover 9 baseball games across the mid-west. This divorced dad wanted desperately to be a better father to his son than his father was to him. The analogies Ron used between baseball, fatherhood and family were endless. They made me do some soul searching about what kind of a father I am to my kids. Having grown up in the mid-west during the era of this story it gave me flashbacks to music, cities, ball ...more
S.A. Asthana
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Home is a beautiful read. Ron Seybold knows how to write for the emotions - "On that opening day for his Little League team, Nicky threw a clean and clear strike to the glove of my heart." I couldn't put it down. This memoir of a father connecting with his son after divorce all the while facing demons from his past is a therapeutic treat. There are some significant lessons here for any parent. I highly recommend it even to those who aren't baseball fans. ...more
Nicholas T Fredman
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, Touching Read

Stealing home was a great look at vulnerability, fatherhood, forgiveness, and 90s culture.

If you’re up for a story about redemption on the road, and enjoy baseball/sports analogies, I can’t recommend this highly enough.

It frequently brought up tears, and smiles. While reading I was able to relive my youth! Great storytelling and a mix of past, present, and future keep the story grounded til the end.
Bill
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really really enjoyed this book. The way Ron takes you through his character's thoughts, actions, and what is happening around them makes you feel, made me feel, like I was right there. The description of how this father views and feels about parenting, about how his past influences his experiences and reactions to his son and the world around him is unbelievably poignant. It was like I was that character, as a father of 3. Just some great stuff, could read this all day! Well done Ron! ...more
Pamela Galban
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful well paced journey that I did not want to end. The road to the perfect game became a tug-of-war on the heart strings, for me anyway. Amazing how much there is to be lost and found while trying to prove one's love. Ball parks, fast food, bonding over thick slices of pizza- Somehow I could see, smell and hear the people and the places of the past as if I were along for the ride! ...more
Marie Rivers
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stealing home
This story emotionally draws you in as if you were one of the neighbors or friends of Ron. I cried before making it to page 50. The writer's transparency is therapeutic and reminds me of what life is like in an American red white and blue family. This entertaining fun “want to” read keeps you in the rear passenger seat straight thru to the credits.
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Deanna Goodson
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Home is a book that’s raw and real, a true memoir written with nothing held back. I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty with which the author writes. I devoured every word and will savor reading it again. It’s a must read so I won’t give any details away. It’s a father-son-baseball love story written by a super fan and super dad.
Scott Semegran
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ron Seybold mines his memories of the prickly relationship with his father to excavate nuggets of wisdom for his own relationship with his son. Baseball is the shared language he uses to mend familial wounds from a divorce. Evocative and masterfully written, Stealing Home is a winner.
Rob Witherspoon
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Superb writing, heart wrenching honesty. Every page stabs you with emotion. Read this book. It's a baseball, fatherhood, road trip. A wonderful, perfect ending story. Nice job, Ron.
Recommend Ron and the Writer's Workshop in Austin as a source for your editing needs, also. Ron knows his stuff.
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Mike Austin
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ron Seybold’s Stealing Home tells the story of one man’s attempt, sometimes obsessive but motivated always by love, to prove himself as a father to his son, his ex-wife, the world, even to his deceased father, but ultimately and most importantly to himself, by taking his eleven-year-old son on a two-week, nine game baseball journey in the year 1994.

There are a lot of things I could tell you about this book. Like how much I identify with the author—a love of baseball, growing up in the 50s and 60
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Ron Seybold is an editor and ex-sportswriter with baseball memories from before the designated hitter era, as well as World Series joy from both his NL and AL teams. He coaches authors, edits books, and released his debut novel Viral Times long before Instagram was everywhere. He writes and edits in Austin, where his wife teaches yoga, his grandchildren visit and play, and the family poodle Tess H ...more

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