Sports Stories with Denny Lennon (SSDL) is a video and audio podcast that focuses on uplifting stories told through long form interviews with a wide range of sports figures. Host Denny Lennon is a Venice, CA native that spent over 40 years coaching, directing announcing and promoting sports. Notable guests include Super Bowl champion Peter Boulware, USOC and FIFA medical advisor Bert Mandelbaum, MD, world renown ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and volleyball legend Karch Kiraly.
A League Not For Them Special
In this episode we sit down with Author Jean Hastings Ardell to discuss the Ila Borders story and her book, "Making My Pitch"
Making My Pitch tells the story of Ila Jane Borders, who despite formidable obstacles became a Little League prodigy, MVP of her otherwise all-male middle school and high school teams, the first woman awarded a baseball scholarship, and the first to pitch and win a complete men’s collegiate game.
90th AAU Sullivan Award Rewind Special
We are celebrating the one year anniversary of the 90th AAU AAU James E. Sullivan Award - hosted virtually by SSDL
The AAU James E. Sullivan Award presented by Eastbay has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Representatives from the AAU created the AAU Sullivan Award with the intent to recognize amateur contributions and achievements from non-professional athletes across the country
Baseball Goes to the Movies Special
Is there anything a sports fan loves more than a good sports movie? Judging by the astronomical amount of them out there, it is safe to to say no.
Our Guest today- Dwier Brown had a small but significant role in Field of Dreams, playing the late, estranged father of Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) in that memorable final scene!
In this episode we sit down with Dwier Brown and discuss his book, “If You Build It…” a memoir about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams.
MLB All-Star Special
Royce Clayton He was drafted out of St. Bernard HS in Playa del Rey in the first round - 15th pick overall - of the 1988 Major League Baseball draft - and who was the man hitting him ground balls in practice in High School? Denny Lennon!
Join SSDL for our MLB All-Star Special
World Series Special
Where were YOU when Kirk Gibson hit the infamous home run in 1988?
Our guest today, Tim Leary, will recall exactly where he was!
In Game 1, Leary rescued Belcher and pitched three shutout innings. Without those three impeccable innings, it is possible Kirk Gibson never gets off the bench?
Tune in to hear his incredible stories of being a part of that 1988 World Series Championship team.
Opening Day Special
Ever since the Dodgers’ Julio Urías put the finishing touch on the 2020 World Series last Oct. 27, we’ve been counting down to this day!
Five months later, MLB is ready to go, with the traditional 162-game marathon beginning in festive fashion. But this day has not always been this glorious.
On today's episode we sit down with Eric Nusbaum author of "Stealing Home", a book about how Dodger Stadium came to be situated at Chavez Ravine, and the lives of those affected by decades worth of decisions in Los Angeles. We also welcome SSDL correspondent Jake Downey to the show.
Refreshingly Amaturish in a great way
Denny is so down to earth and the dialogue is genuine. It is not a glossy network setup and I mean that in the most positive way. You really get into the person and the story in an intimate way if that makes sense. Keep bringing the uniqueness!!!
Depth. Insight. Unique.
Wow! Good job Denny! Keep going deep with your guests.
This is a must-listen for me as I get in my daily walk.
Keep it up!
Amazingly insightful sports podcast!
Well let me first say, wow! I am very impressed with the detailed history of some of sports’ unsung legends!
So far, 4 casts deep, I am just thrilled with the professionalism and thorough research of each story/stories (secret bonus: just about all of them have more than just one!!)
Every week I am counting down the days until the next one is released!
I love that it is a surprise every week as to who will be next...and he never fails! A pot pourri of sports luminaries and impacters
My favorite episode, is ALL OF THEM!! I just can’t decide!! It’s too bad they don’t let you rate more than 5 stars...this is totally a 7/5 star podcast!