If I had the wherewithal, I think I’d be doing something like Jon Leonouakis‘ streaming TV show, The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories. I mean, he interviews people, I interview people. But as the saying goes, “Show me, don’t tell me,” and as a veteran filmmaker, he’s the man behind several well-crafted baseball documentaries, including Not Exactly Cooperstown, about the quirky Baseball Reliquary; The Day the World Series Stopped, which covers the Earthquake Series of 1989 between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland As; and, most recently, Hano! A Century in the Bleachers, a tribute to the veteran sports scribe, Arnold Hano, author of the classic book, A Day in the Bleachers.
I’ve enjoyed our previous conversations about his work, both the normal phone calls just to catch up as well as specifically for the Bookshelf. Here’s the latest.