About the Filmmaker

Jon Leonoudakis is well-suited to tell Lefty’s story. Like Lefty O’Doul, Jon is a native San Franciscan, left-handed, and a renowned storyteller.

Jon grew up in the city loving baseball, Willie Mays, and his beloved San Francisco Giants. He received his degree in communication arts with an emphasis on film and video production from Loyola Marymount University and has been a producer in the entertainment industry for over 35 years.

Jon’s award-winning career features projects with Disney, Pixar, Universal Studios, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Clint Eastwood, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. Jon’s projects in the world of themed entertainment and film have won awards and dazzled millions worldwide. He is one of the producers of the acclaimed music documentary, “The Wrecking Crew,” and has ten baseball films and a book in the Hall of Fame’s permanent collection in Cooperstown. Many of those films are available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Tubi, and other services. Click here to visit Jon’s online portfolio: www.jonleonoudakis.com

Jon takes a humanistic approach to storytelling, painting dimensional portraits of his subjects that resonates with audiences. His “Sweet Spot” multimedia series tells the stories beyond the stats to explore the human side of baseball and takes on social issues like racism and gender discrimination. Some of his films have featured Jim “Mudcat” Grant, Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, the 1989 World Series earthquake, legendary sportswriter Arnold Hano, the Baseball Reliquary, Jim Bouton and his ground-breaking book, “Ball Four,” and women from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, aka “A League of Their Own.”

Jon at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio
Jon with Tom O’Doul at Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant in San Francisco 2016