The Savannah Bananas Phenomenon: How Jesse Cole Turned Baseball into a Spectacle

Episode Information

This week, we delve into the world of baseball entrepreneurship with a twist. Joe’s guest, Jesse Cole, a former ballplayer turned modern-day PT Barnum, takes us on a wild journey through the pages of his new book, “Banana Ball, The Unbelievably True Story of the Savannah Bananas.” While baseball has a rich history spanning over 175 years, it’s hard to imagine being an entrepreneur in America’s national pastime, especially considering the astronomical values of major league baseball teams. However, in Savannah, Georgia, a former collegiate summer league team has transformed into the “Greatest Show in Baseball” known as Banana Ball. Jesse, the brainchild behind the Savannah Bananas, discusses how his team has become a phenomenon, selling out every game since their inaugural season and boasting a waitlist for tickets in the hundreds of thousands. Through his unique brand of baseball, the Bananas have gained millions of followers on TikTok and captivated fans with their on-field and in-the-stands antics. Tune in to this episode of the Forbes Books Podcast to learn how Jesse Cole turned the Savannah Bananas into a cultural sensation and find inspiration in his entrepreneurial spirit that has taken baseball to new and exhilarating heights.

About Jesse Cole: Jesse is the founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas. He has been featured on over 1,000 podcasts and delivers keynote speeches all over the world, and he lives in Georgia and North Carolina with his wife, son, and two daughters.