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October 16, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA

For Immediate Release – October 15, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA

“The Sweet Spot – LIVE” Pasadena event to feature “Mudcat” Grant, Jackie Robinson, and the New York Yankees – “Mudcat” Grant scheduled to appear

Evzone Media + Experiential, a Los Angeles-based film studio, will stage a live presentation of their streaming baseball documentary series, The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories at 3 p.m. on November 11 at the Pasadena Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA.

The Sweet Spot is an original documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis. The series is available on Amazon, ROKU, and Vimeo On Demand.

“We’re going to be screening rarely heard baseball stories about Major League Baseball in the 1950s and 60s from “Mudcat,” an inside look at one of the last interviews with Jackie Robinson from writer Ron Rapoport, and tales from inside the Yankees clubhouse from former batboy Matthew McGough,” said Leonoudakis.

“Mudcat” Grant is the first African-American to win twenty games in the American League, in a fourteen-year career with the Indians, Twins, Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, A’s and Pirates. “Mudcat’s” book, The Black Aces will be available for purchase and “Mudcat” will sign upon request. Ron Rapoport has written for the Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and is a recipient of the Ring Lardner Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Author Matthew McGough has penned stories for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He recounted his two seasons with the New York Yankees in his book, Batboy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees.

“We’re screening episodes featuring our special guests, followed by a Q&A session with all of them, sharing more priceless baseball stories and their perspective on our national pastime in the 20th and 21st century,” said the filmmaker.

Leonoudakis has been producing media and experiences in Los Angeles for over thirty years, and his work seen around the world at Disney theme parks, Universal Studios/Hollywood, and as one of the producers of the acclaimed music documentary, The Wrecking Crew. The baseball documentarian has six films in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Our event is free and open to the public, and will include a special baseball trivia quiz with prizes, and the chance to acquire our custom baseball cards, Heroes of the Sweet Spot,” said Leonoudakis. “’Mudcat’, Jackie, and the Yankees make for an unforgettable afternoon of baseball stories.”

This program is not sponsored by the Pasadena Public Library. Attendees are requested to use nearby street parking and area parking lots.

Contact: Jon Leonoudakis at jon@thesweetspot.tv or (818) 886-2998 or (818) 903-5919 (mobile). Web site: www.theweetspot.tv

INTERVIEW WITH MARTY LURIE/ KNBR 680 AM SAN FRANCISCO – 8/27/17:

INTERVIEW WITH ERIC LENABURG IN “DOC’S CLUBHOUSE”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/docsclubhouse/2017/03/05/docs-clubhouse–episode-11#.WLuU13JnkVQ.facebook

INTERVIEW WITH RALPH TYKO, TIM HALLER, AND PAT QUINLAN ON THE COMFORTABLY ZONED PODCAST:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/comfortablyzonedradionetwork/permalink/1477100442304168/

INTERVIEW WITH RON KAPLAN, FOR THE BASEBALL BOOKSHELF:

http://www.ronkaplansbaseballbookshelf.com/2016/12/22/the-bookshelf-conversation-jon-leonoudakis-2/

EARLY PRAISE FOR “THE SWEET SPOT–A TREASURY OF BASEBALL STORIES”!

“Baseball is more than just a game…and Jon Leonoudakis captures that with this sterling series”
Arnold Hano, author, “A Day in the Bleachers”

“The Sweet Spot takes us to corners of the baseball world we don’t normally see. Its lively cast of characters are a feast for baseball fans.”
George Gmelch, former professional ballplayer, author, “Playing with Tigers”, and professor of anthropology

“A gem! What makes baseball great is the love of the game by people from all walks of life. Joy and tears are passed down from generation to generation. Only a filmmaker like Jon Leonoudakis could produce The Sweet Spot, which is a most unusual take on the game.”
Denny Tedesco, producer/director, “The Wrecking Crew” music documentary

“Marvelous! Jon Leonoudakis shows us how profoundly baseball can inform our lives. Not to be missed!”
Jean Hastings Ardell, author, “Breaking into Baseball”

“Baseball professionals and fans share their personal stories and passion for the game…fun, inspiring, quirky, and moving, The Sweet Spot is fascinating.”
Robert K. Fitts, baseball historian and author of “Banzai Babe Ruth”

“The passion and joy of baseball is seen through different prisms…the color of the game comes alive…it gave me that magical feeling of being in a ballpark for the first time. The Sweet Spot is terrific!”
Marty Lurie, KNBR San Francisco Giants Radio host

“The Sweet Spot gives us the chance to enjoy baseball through the experience of an assortment of the game’s most impassioned characters. These conversations are timeless and engaging, just like the game itself.”
John Rosengren, author, “The Fight of Their Lives”

“Any American who’s convinced the country is in fast decline needs to watch “The Sweet Spot,” a new video series of baseball stories. Through the wandering, ever-curious lens of Jon Leonoudakis’s high-definition camera, the glorious beauty of the American experiment is made clear in rich Technicolor images of ball fields, baseball uniforms, bobblehead dolls, and the best and brightest figures of the Grand Old Game. A fascinating treasury of stories from and about players, coaches, fans, artists, teams, and the myriad crewmembers that support the game, “The Sweet Spot” is a must-see not just for baseball fans, but for anyone needing a reminder of the true greatness of our shared American culture.”

–Michael Fallon, author, “Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977-78 Dodgers”

THE SWEET SPOT LIVE!

Producer/director Jon Leonoudakis will be presenting episodes from the Sweet Spot–A Treasury of Baseball Stories” with special guests Jim “Mudcat” Grant, sportswriter Ron Rapoport, and former New York Yankees Bat Boy Matthew McGough.

LOS ANGELES / PASADENA PUBLIC EVENT

NOVEMBER 11, 2017, 3:00p.m.

Pasadena Central Library

Donald Wright Auditorium

285 E. Walnut St.

Pasadena, CA

Free admission to the public