Hosted by Jeff Santo

Peanuts, Popcorn & Crackerjacks is a baseball and entertainment industry podcast with some extraordinary guests and surprises, hosted by Jeff Santo, a writer/director and son of a Hall of Fame baseball player.

Hosted by:
Jeff Santo

Produced by:
Christie Santo

Distributed by:
Santo Films LLC

Peanuts, Popcorn & Crackerjacks is for baseball enthusiasts, movie lovers, tv watchers, music listeners, podcast lovers, and sports enthusiasts.

Based out of Los Angeles, PPC reaches listeners worldwide through its various platforms and marketing. With thousands of fans coming from Santo Films, its podcast debut is broad.
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S1 E1 (April 9, 2023)
Jeff interviews the Tony Award-winning actor and five-star gentleman Joe Mantegna. They talk family history, the early days in Joe's career, and how he met Ron in '69. And the surprise crackerjack guest will have you feeling nostalgic for your youth.
S1 E2 (April 19, 2023)
Part two of Jeff's interview with the great Joe Mantegna, where they discuss his relationship with renowned playwright David Mamet, how he met his wife, and his thoughts on baseball's new rules. And stick around for when Jeff crackerjack-calls his mom, Judy. You don't want to miss it!
S1 E3 (April 27, 2023)
In this episode, Jeff interviews the legendary Cubs play-by-play man Pat Hughes. They talk Hall of Fame, Ron Santo, how he began his career, the art of his craft, and calling the World Series. Plus, stick around for the crackerjack surprise when Jeff calls his sister, Linda!
Bonus* (May 4, 2023)
In this episode of the Clubhouse Tapes, Jeff talks with Cubs pitcher Rich Nye about his time with the Cubs and the 1969 season that took off like a rocket ship from opening day until the team's collapse in September. They explore all sides of the fall, diving into the Don Young game.

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S1 E4 (May 8, 2023)
Part 2 of Jeff's interview with the legendary Pat Hughes. In this episode, Pat discusses his historic calls: Mark McGwire and the Cubs' World Series win. Jeff and Pat also talk about the Cubs and baseball's new rules. Plus, Jeff surprise-crackerjack calls his childhood friend.
Bonus* (May 9, 2023)
In this episode of the Clubhouse Tapes, Jeff talks with Mike Murphy, one of Chicago’s original Bleacher Bums, whose transformation of fan participation became national news in 1969.

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S1 E5 (May 18, 2023)
Jeff talks with the remarkable Bonnie Hunt about being a Cubs fan, her upbringing on the north side of Chicago, a dog named Whiskey, directing Return To Me and Amber Brown, and so much more. Plus, Jeff crackerjacks his brother Ron Jr. again for a rebuttal on what the last crackerjack, their childhood friend, T.O.B., said.
Bonus* (May 23, 2023)
In this episode of The Clubhouse Tapes, Jeff talks with first base coach of the 1969 Cubs, Joe Amalfitano. They discuss Joe’s first meeting with the infamous Leo Durocher, Ron’s prowess at the hot corner, the ride of ’69, and so much more inside baseball talk.

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S1 E6 (May 29, 2023)
In this episode, Jeff talks with Bonnie about her nursing career and leap into show biz, their larger-than-life families, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Cheaper By The Dozen, and the stories that connect it all. Jeff again crackerjack calls his mom, Judy, and discusses family and spring training in Arizona.
S1 E7 (June 8, 2023)
This episode is chock full of sons from famous fathers. Jeff talks with the gifted Pete LaCock about his Hollywood roots being the son of Peter Marshall, and about getting drafted to the Cubs as the #1 pick while surfing the coast of California. After, Jeff crackerjack calls Joey Banks, son of Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.
Bonus* (June 18, 2023)
In this exclusive content, Jeff continues his conversation with Joey Banks. They talk about growing up the sons of two of the greatest Cubs ever, their fathers coming to their little league games, and so much more.

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S1 E8 (June 18, 2023)
Listen to Part 2 of Pete LaCock! In this episode, Jeff and Pete talk baseball, the game today vs. when Pete played, and hear why Pete retired from playing in the MLB early at 28. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Jimmy Boudreau, who won a College World Series with ASU and was the youngest son of Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau.
S1 E9 (June 27, 2023)
The talented Mark DeCarlo talks about his unique Hollywood career that spans over three decades, and Mark and Jeff argue over Jeff's tired legs and unwillingness to fill in for Mark's thinly rostered softball team. Then Jeff crackerjacks Marc Brady, a long-time tv sports producer for the Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls.
Bonus* (June 30, 2023)
In this episode of The Clubhouse Tapes, Jeff talks with Wrigley beer vendor Ronnie Blank, aka ‘Uncle Ronnie,' about working at the park in 1969 and what it’s like to be a vendor at Wrigley.

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S1 E10 (July 6, 2023)
Mark DeCarlo breaks down today's Hollywood system that's starving the middle-class actor, discusses the future of the business, and tells Jeff about meeting his favorite cub, Ron Santo. And Jeff crackerjack calls Carmen Fanzone, who backed up his dad at third base in the early seventies, and they discuss a very special moment for Eddie Vedder.
Bonus* (July 8, 2023)
Jeff and Christie talk candidly about why Jeff's exploring the 1969 season in these Clubhouse Tapes and reveal their limited television series, Blue Collar Famous.

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S1 E11 (July 15, 2023)
Hall of Famer sweet-swinging Billy Williams talks about his journey to the big leagues, his time with Ron Santo in the minor leagues, their parallel careers that made MLB history, the 1969 season that should have been, and more. Then Jeff again, crackerjack calls his mom, Judy, and they discuss a hilarious story about Billy Williams and a wild goose.
S1 E12 (July 24, 2023)
In this episode, Billy Williams talks about growing up in Whistler, Alabama, family, almost wanting to leave baseball because of segregation, and why there are fewer black players in today's game. Also, Jeff crackerjack calls Ed Lynch (former Cubs GM), and they talk about his career and baseball today, and Ed tells a funny story involving Tricky Dick.
S1 E13 (August 2, 2023)
Before Jeff interviews the funny Joel Murray, Jeff and Christie discuss the Hall of Fame and what it all means. Then Joel talks about his transition from football into the theater, his father’s early passing, going to Cub games and eating Ron Santo Pizza, his path to show business, his new show Heels, and so much more. Plus, Jeff crackerjack calls Rick Pullano, whose family was very close to the Santo family growing up.
S1 E14 (August 11, 2023)
In this episode, Joel Murray talks about working on Joe Mantegna's "Bleacher Bums," playing softball in a celebrity game at the Field of Dreams, this SAG-AFTRA strike, the Cubs' victory in 2016 and the Cubs' current season, and Jeff and Joel joke around about doing a hunger-strike outside Warner Bros. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his friend and former babysitter Linda Matarrese Momii whose family took Ron in when he first got called up to the Cubs.
S1 E15 (August 20, 2023)
In this episode: Jeff and Christie tell the story of how they met. Jeff talks with another Cubs legend Don Kessinger who opens up about his athletic beginnings, meeting his wife, and his impression of Ron Santo. Then Jeff crackerjack calls the ultimate baseball mom, Don’s wife, Carolyn Kessinger.
S1 E16 (August 29, 2023)
In this episode, Don Kessinger discusses his thoughts on Leo Durocher, getting traded, how he became a player-manager, and the notorious Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his friend and producer of This Old Cub, Billy Pullano, and they talk about Ron Santo Pizzeria and Ron’s home run during the moon landing.

S1 E17 (September 7, 2023)
Jeff talks with the legendary catcher Randy Hundley about his new book Ironman, his one-handed catching style that changed the game of baseball, and his relationship with Leo Durocher. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Randy's son, All-Star catcher Todd Hundley, for an inside look at Todd's journey to the big leagues.

S1 E18 (September 16, 2023)
In this episode, Randy tells a story showing Ron Santo’s competitiveness, talks about his late wife Betty, the Don Young game, and explains how and why he invented the fantasy camps. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his brother Ronnie for a deep dive into their childhood. To close it out, Jeff reads a poem he wrote titled Me & My Brother.

S1 E19 (September 27, 2023)
We do a switcheroo in this episode; Christie hosts and interviews Jeff, who reveals more about his big league childhood, following in his father's footsteps, his dad's diabetes, his leap into the film business, and This Old Cub.

Bonus* (September 27, 2023)
In this episode of the Clubhouse Tapes, Jeff talks stories with Vince Rizzo of Vince’s Mobil gas station across from Wrigley Field, where Ron and his teammates parked when they came to the ballpark.

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S1 E20 (October 7, 2023)
In this episode, Jeff speaks with the remarkable pitcher Tommy John. They discuss why he hasn't yet been voted into baseball's Hall of Fame, his academic and athletic roots in Indiana, and the best pitching lesson he’s ever learned. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Joe Amalfitano to talk about Joe’s cross-town friendship with Tommy.

S1 E21 (October 17, 2023)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie discuss their motorcycle accident and Christie's injury. Then Tommy John gets into the nitty-gritty of his historical surgery that has saved careers—the injury, the surgery, and the rehab. The crackerjack call is to Jeff's friend Pete Hartmann, a left-handed pitcher who's dedicated his life to the game and shares his insight on today's youth.  

S1 E22 (October 27, 2023)
In this episode, actor Louis Lombardi, from The Sopranos and 24 fame, tells his incredible story of growing up on the streets in the Bronx and becoming an actor. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his God-sister Sherry Matarrese for a trip down memory lane.

S1 E23 (November 7, 2023)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie talk about the baseball season. Louis Lombardi talks about being raised by three women, raising his daughter, and the current state of Hollywood and the actor's strike. Then Jeff crackerjack calls former Cubs’ Director of Baseball Operations Scott Nelson and discusses his unique path to his dream job working for the Cubs.

S1 E24 (November 17, 2023)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie exchange views about friendship and life as you age. Then Jeff sits down with author Peter Conti to talk about his #1 Amazon Best-Selling book Gringo, baseball, and Peter’s new marriage. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his childhood friend Jim McCauley, and they discuss their friendship, growing up in Glenview, and being children of divorce.

S1 E25 (November 26, 2023)
In the last episode of the season, Jeff continues his conversation with Peter Conti, discussing documentaries, novels, teaching, and how hard it is in Hollywood to get projects going. Then, dear friend Dan Foley gets the crackerjack call, who began the artistic journey with Jeff, collaborating on the play The 25th Man, which premiered at the Remains Theatre in Chicago in 1992.

S2 E1 (February 22, 2024)
In this episode, Jeff talks with the masterful biographer/reporter Ron Rapoport about his book on Ernie Banks and that Cubs 1969 team. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his childhood friend and armchair GM, Peter Nestos, to discuss the Cubs’ upcoming season.  
Bonus* (Feb. 25, 2024)
In this episode of the Clubhouse Tapes, Jeff talks with Linda Dillman about her lifelong relationship with the Cubs, her dear friendship with Ron Santo, and owning Bernie’s across from Wrigley Field.

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S2 E2 (March 7, 2024)
Jeff and Christie discuss regret. The earnest Barry Rozner talks about how he went from a vender to an award-winning sports journalist, his relationship with Ron Santo, writing Ron’s Hall of Fame speech, and more. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his nephew, Sam Brown.
S2 E3 (March 21, 2024)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie talk about luck. Jeff interviews Dodger/Cub Nate Oliver about that Cubs 1969 team, singing Pennant Fever, and the Koufax no-hitter in ’65. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Joey Hickman, son of Cubs slugger Jim Hickman.
S2 E4 (April 4, 2024)
In this episode, Jeff interviews center fielder Bobby Dernier about the incredible 1984 Cubs team and its success, which took Chicago by storm. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Gino’s East LA owner Dan Michaels.
S2 E5 (April 18 2024)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie discuss their top five favorite baseball films. Jeff interviews independent studio mogul Ira Deutchman (A Woman Under the Influence, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sex Lies and Videotape, Hoop Dreams). They discuss Ira’s enduring career, distributing This Old Cub, and some insightful advice for today’s indie filmmakers. Then Jeff Crackerjack calls his friend and music video producer Joel Tabbush.
S2 E6 (May 2, 2024)
In this episode, Jeff speaks with Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins about his incredible career, his time with the Cubs, and that 1969 team. Then Jeff crackerjack calls his nephew Spencer Brown, who’s studying Sports Business at the University of Oklahoma.
S2 E7 (May 16, 2024)
Jeff interviews Jimmy Bank, the former traveling secretary for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Oakland A’s, who has so many stories he could write a book. He talks about how he became the youngest in his position in MLB history and his wonderful relationship with Ron Santo. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Arthur Pullano for some wild stories about growing up with the Santo family.
S2 E8 (May 23, 2024)
In the intro, Jeff and Christie discuss 'being spoiled', and then Jeff discusses Hollywood, deal-making, and being a Cub fan with entertainment lawyer Scott Zolke. Lastly, Jeff crackerjack calls Karen Bonelli, a family friend whose father helped put together Ron Santo Pizzeria and Pro’s Pizza.
S2 E9 (May 30, 2024)
Cool insight and great stories in this episode. Jeff interviews Cubs catcher Jody Davis to discuss that great ’84 season. Then Jeff crackerjack calls Matt Boltz, the audio engineer for WGN when Ron Santo was in the booth.
S2 E10 (June 6, 2024)
In the intro, Jeff and Christie get real about the struggle of the independent journey. Then Jeff chats with writer/producer/director Rob Weiss (Entourage, Ballers) about his trajectory into Hollywood, his hit TV shows, and writing Hells Angels together for Fox2000. Then, Jeff crackerjack calls Andy Masur, who worked in the booth with Ron and Pat Hughes at WGN.
S2 E11 (June 13, 2024)
In this episode, hockey legend Chris Chelios talks about his incredible journey through multiple continents, from taking a boat to Australia to learning how to fight in Canada to competing in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo under armed watch to his recent honor of getting his number retired by the Chicago Blackhawks. Then Jeff Crackerjack calls his childhood friend and college roommate, Pat Walsh.
S2 E12 (June 20, 2024)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie discuss the TV series Dark Matter. Then, Jeff talks with screenwriter Mike Skelton about their similar paths into Hollywood and the different roads from there forth, Mike selling scripts to studios and Jeff with his indie spirit. And Jeff crackerjack calls Bobby Biittner, son of Cubs Larry Biittner, to talk about their shared experiences.
S2 E13 (June 27, 2024)
In this episode, Jeff and Christie discuss The Bikeriders and new merch. Then Jeff speaks with actor Kevin Chapman about working for the Mayor of Boston, his early childhood with an alcoholic war veteran father and mother from the nuns in Biddeford, ME, his leap into acting and getting Mystic River, and more. And Jeff crackerjack calls his childhood babysitter, Vonna Contino.
Episode One > Joe Mantegna-Part 1

Jeff Santo


Jeff Santo has over 25 years of independent filmmaking experience in all aspects of the business and is a member of the WGA and DGA. He is also a published author of Ravens In The Rain: A Noir Love Story. Most notably, Jeff directed, produced, and wrote the critically acclaimed documentary about his father, This Old Cub, ranking #4 on Indiewire per- screen gross and selling over 75,000 DVDs independently. He duplicated that distribution model for the indie cult-classic Dead In 5 Heartbeats selling over 40,000 DVDs and movie merchandise.

Christie Santo


Christie Santo is a published author of Ravens In The Rain: A Noir Love Story. After achieving her B.A. in creative writing from California State University Long Beach, she also published short stories and poetry and has freelanced as a ghostwriter for novels. As the president of Santo Films, she has over a decade of independent filmmaking and distribution experience. As an Editor, she's done one feature film, three documentaries, two music videos, an audiobook, and a comedy special for Netflix.

Santo Films LLC


Santo Films is a multi-media distributor and production company producing independent films, music videos, books, and related merchandise. Duplicating Jeff's distribution model from This Old Cub, Santo Films has sold over 40,000 DVDs and related merchandise on its website and through the over 14,000 subscriber email list.

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