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The Hall of Very Good Podcast

The Hall of Very Good Podcast is focused on you, the fan. Each week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen sit down and talk to people in and around the game of baseball that help make America's Pastime great.
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Jan 22, 2019

The Cooperstown Casebook author (and beer aficionado) Jay Jaffe joins the boys to talk about the 2019 Hall of Fame class, looks ahead at the 2020 ballot, shares his next pet project and reveals the one candidate he wishes he would have included in his book. Also, Jay admits to having never seen 1966’s “Batman”. Say what?

Jan 15, 2019

Executive director of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Scott Crawford joins the boys to talk about the history of and the differences between his Hall of Fame and that other one in Cooperstown, the recent remodeling that took place there in St. Marys, Ontario, 2009 inductee Larry Walker’s chances at getting inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and, lastly, how Shawn and Lou might be able to influence future Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame elections.

Jan 8, 2019

Baseball For All founder Justine Siegal joins the boys to talk about her experience as Major League Baseball’s first female coach, trumpets the successes of fellow trailblazers Kim Ng and Jessica Mendoza, opens up about what Penny Marshall meant to women’s baseball and shares who she would put on an all-women’s baseball Mount Rushmore.

Jan 1, 2019

Two-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star Manny Sanguillén joins the boys to talk about how he went from playing baseball in the streets of Panama to being the beloved face of a BBQ restaurant in Pittsburgh, shares what it was like being part of Major League Baseball’s first all-black and Latino lineup, gets excited about fellow countryman Mariano Rivera making it into the Hall of Fame, recalls his favorite moment as a big leaguer and, of course, fondly remembers his close relationships with both Dock Ellis and Roberto Clemente.

Dec 25, 2018

Just in time for Christmas, St. Nick's favorite former Major Leaguer, Steve Christmas, joins the boys to talk about living with such a festive last name, playing behind Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk, how Tom Seaver got him traded and sharing a locker next to another future Hall of Famer...Lee Smith.

Episode originally aired December 22, 2017.

Dec 18, 2018

The talented actor, comedian and musician, Skip Griparis joins the boys to talk about his time working alongside Bob Uecker on the set of both “Major League” and “Major League 2”, shares how he got the role of “Monty the Colorman”, reminisces about opening up for the legendary Rodney Dangerfield, working with Tim Allen and playing guitar for Olivia Newton-John and, of course, explains the idea behind his traveling one-man stage show.

Dec 11, 2018

2018 Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient David Mellor joins the boys to talk about his long (and tragic) journey to become the Boston Red Sox Director of Grounds, working the field at County Stadium in Milwaukee alongside Bernie Brewer, his struggles with PTSD and how his service dog Drago has helped him every step of the way.

Oh…David also talked about that time he hung out at Fenway Park with President George H. W. Bush.

Dec 4, 2018

David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic, joins the boys to talk about the upcoming grand opening of the Mascot Hall of Fame, what visitors (both young and old) can expect when they walk through the doors, the creation of Gritty and the insane popularity of the new Philadelphia Flyers mascot.

Nov 27, 2018

The Bleacher Preacher, Jerry Pritikin joins the boys to talk about his lifelong love of the Chicago Cubs (and the first time he heard “wait ‘til next year”), his team getting kicked out of the Gay Softball World Series for being “too straight”, striking out former Major Leaguer Glenn Burke and his time photographing the gay rights movement.

Nov 23, 2018

Nearly 30 years ago, the baseball card world was turned upside when a certain four-lettered word made its way past censors.

Rick Vaughn, the former public relations director for the Baltimore Orioles, was there and thinks he knows exactly how "F*ck Face" went from being scribbled on the knob of Billy Ripken's bat and straight into your collection.

Nov 16, 2018

MLB Network host Brian Kenny joins the boys (for the third time!) to talk about the sudden popularity of bullpenning, previews the off season whereabouts of both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, gives his Hall of Fame picks and explains why he thinks Orel Hershiser deserves a spot in Cooperstown. Oh…Brian also conveniently blames Lou for any perceived failings Mike Trout might have.

Nov 9, 2018

In 1988, brothers John and Tock Costacos helped make Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire larger than life by putting them and their big bats (and even bigger biceps) on the walls of every baseball fan across the country.

But before “The Bash Brothers” got posterized and immortalized, there was a different dynamic duo decorating bedrooms and dorms across the country...Walter Payton and Jim McMahon.

Nov 2, 2018

Jane Leavy, the New York Times bestselling author of The Big Fella, joins the boys to talk about the lunacy behind spending eight years writing about Babe Ruth (and compares him to the Kardashians!), what she learned most about “Little George” and why her 1987 piece about Muggsy Bogues is one of the great embarrassments of her life.

Oct 26, 2018

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield joins the boys to talk about his 40-plus year relationship with Don Baylor (and why he joined the Myeloma MVP campaign), what current player reminds him of when he played and what current pitchers he’d like to face and that night in San Diego when the Famous Chicken was hatched.

Oct 19, 2018

For more than 40 seasons, Nancy Faust was the organist for the Chicago White Sox, so when her Hammond Elegante Model 340100 went up for auction, Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor knew he had to have it.

There was just one catch...he had to pick it up in person.
Oct 12, 2018

Famed poster boy-turned-author John Costacos returns to talk to the boys about all those times he and his brother Tock almost killed their subjects (turns out it happened a lot!), what current players they’d like to make posters of, the one guy who turned them down and, of course, his new book “Walls of Fame”.

Oct 5, 2018

Recorded on the official last day of the baseball season, actor Lew Temple talks to the boys about his postseason picks and expectations, questions why the NFL always gets top-billing on ESPN.com, wonders what current-day pitchers might have flourished during 1968’s “Year of the Pitcher” and, naturally, Lou had to ask him about his upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.

Sep 28, 2018

Comedian Rhea Butcher joins the boys to talk about their podcast Three Swings, why men are afraid of women playing baseball, shares what it was like doing “Conan” and, along with Lou, starts preparing a “Racism in Baseball” college curriculum.

Sep 21, 2018

America’s favorite houseguest, Kato Kaelin, joins the boys to talk about the postseason chances of his beloved Milwaukee Brewers, opens up about the downfall of being so outspoken on Twitter and, for some reason, introduces Shawn and Lou to the friendliest valets in all of Los Angeles.

Sep 14, 2018

“The Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. joins the boys to talk about the Chicago Cubs chances of going back to the World Series and whether or not they want (or even have room for) Bryce Harper, recalls that time Randy Johnson killed a bird with a pitch, explains why the Milwaukee Brewers remind him of Boba Fett and shares his desire to visit all the major sports stadiums/arenas.

Sep 7, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman finally returns to talk to the boys about his new book (Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL) and how Donald Trump paid a pivotal role in the demise of the league, shares the crazy story of Greg Fields and gives his theory as to why we’re fixated on years-old tweets and former sitcom actors bagging groceries.

Aug 31, 2018

Christy Colt, the only full-time “girl beer vendor” at Nationals Park, joins the boys to talk about slinging brews at some of the biggest events in sports, knowing when to watch and when to work, serving beers to Kris Bryant during the All-Star festivities in DC, why mint juleps and, for some reason, Lou thinks way too much about the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.

Aug 24, 2018

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his movie “Rookie of the Year”, screenwriter Sam Harper joins the boys to talk about where he came up with the idea of Henry Rowengartner, how long it takes to go from script to screen, what it’s like working with Steve Martin and realizes that he might just agree with Lou that The Rock probably makes everything a little bit better.

Oh, yeah, and in a podcast exclusive, Sam also drops some knowledge on a likely re-boot of “Rookie of the Year”.

Aug 17, 2018

The hosts of the popular Clubhouse Podcast, Muneesh Jain and Anthony Rapp, join the boys to talk about their adventures together traveling the country, visiting all 30 Major League parks, hanging out with legendary ballhawk Zack Hample, Muneesh’s favorite moment as a baseball fan (spoiler alert…it involves Anthony singing) and who they would most like to have as a guest on their podcast.

And, to appease his wife, Shawn asks Anthony to endorse her “passion project”.

Aug 10, 2018

Jose Canseco supercollector Tanner Jones joins the boys to talk about his massive baseball card and, specifically, his Canseco collection, how he got started in the hobby, that time he roadtripped to Las Vegas to hang out with his favorite baseball player and the coolest piece in his collection.

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