The Sweet Spot is an original documentary series from award-winning filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis. According to its website, “The Sweet Spot features stories from people from all walks of life that weave the tapestry of baseball in America. We’re conversing with players, coaches, artists, fans, photographers, musicians, authors, scorekeepers, bat boys, umpires and many more to capture and curate stories you won’t find anywhere else.”
The third season of the series, “Shutout! The Battle American Women Wage to Play Baseball” includes first-hand accounts and experiences from female players.
Jennifer Ring, author of A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball (Nebraska, 2015), is a featured expert throughout the nine episodes of this season. Her daughter, Lilly Jacobson, tells her story in episode five.
With exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and administrators, A Game of Their Own celebrates the U.S. Women’s National Team and the excellence of its remarkable players. In response to the jeer “No girls allowed!” these are powerful stories of optimism, feistiness, and staying true to oneself. The book will be available in paperback in April 2018.
The Sweet Spot features another UNP author in this season: Ila Borders, the most accomplished female player in men’s professional and collegiate baseball, tells her story in episode three. With Jean Hastings Ardell, Borders explores more of her life in baseball in Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey (Nebraska, 2017).
Director Jon 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. In 2010, Jon decided to follow his heart and shifted his professional focus to telling stories about the human side of baseball. Six of his baseball documentaries are now part of the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.