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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Sep 22, 2017

Celebrated gossip columnist and podcast host A.J. Benza joins the boys to talk about about whether or not he believes Kevin Costner almost ended Cal Ripken Junior’s streak, compares Aroldis Chapman to Dwight Gooden, reveals what he thinks might’ve cost the 2003 New York Yankees a World Series championship (hint…it rhymes with “brocaine”), all but confirms the Derek Jeter gift basket rumors and shares some stories about getting bombed with certain members of the Bronx Bombers.

Sep 15, 2017

Legendary ballhawk Zack Hample joins the boys (for the third time!) to talk about snagging his 10,000th ball (and why he wanted to get it in Baltimore), the science behind getting a ball after the third out, shares what his mom thinks of his YouTube successes, reveals how much longer he thinks he can do what he does and (almost) ponders the existence of God.

Sep 8, 2017

MLB Network host Robert Flores joins the boys to talk about the Boston Red Sox and their (alleged) cheating, convinces Shawn why he should go all-in on the Houston Astros, assures Lou his Milwaukee Brewers might actually be for real, explains how he got involved with Slammiversary XV and reveals the three songs he’d like to hear before he dies.

Sep 1, 2017

With Players Weekend in his rearview mirror, Phil Hecken, the weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog, re-joins the boys and gives them his thoughts about Major League Baseball’s latest stunt, breaks down his favorite (and least favorite) uniforms, offers up some of his favorite nicknames and reveals the one Players Weekend cap he would actually wear.

Aug 25, 2017

Charles Leerhsen, the author of Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, joins the boys to talk about about the misconceptions surrounding baseball’s first Hall of Famer, why he thinks the world casts certain people as monsters, calls Cobb biographer Al Stump a “liar” and shares who he thinks is the greatest player he’s ever seen play.

Aug 18, 2017

Famed comedian and New York Mets superfan Jim Breuer joins the boys to talk about becoming the voice of Mets fans everywhere, his videos going viral on YouTube and how they’ve affected his standup, compares being a rockstar to an athlete and shares his thoughts on the greatest baseball player he’s even seen play.

Aug 11, 2017

Curator and founder of the National Mustard Museum Barry Levenson joins the boys to talk about how (and why) he started the museum, dispenses some advice on what mustard pairs the best with what tubed meat, shares his special relationship with former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas and answers the age-old question…is a hot dog a sandwich.

Lastly, make sure you stick around for the Poupon U. fight song!

Aug 4, 2017

Author-turned-Cooperstown mayor-turned author Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about Bill “The Spaceman” Lee ending up on his front porch during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, how he became Mayor Quimby for the day and that chance encounter with Elvis Costello. Lastly…what does Milwaukee Brewers playoff baseball have in common with U2 and Nirvana? You won’t know unless you listen to the entire podcast!

Jul 28, 2017

Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor joins the boys to talk about gigging with The Baseball Project, his “side hustle” working at the “Harvard of the Northeast” and how he and a group of musician friends ended up on a cross country road trip with “the single most important musical instrument in the history of baseball”.

Jul 21, 2017

This week, Guinness Book world record holder Brett Carow joins the boys to talk about his decades-long love affair with Strat-O-Matic, what possessed him to play the iconic baseball board game for 61-straight hours and shares the story behind the coolest cake a wife can buy her husband. Oh, and the gang comes to the startling realization that Ozzie Smith might be immortal.

Jul 14, 2017

Legendary Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith joins the boys to talk about the 25th anniversary of the popular "Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”, where his famous backflip came from, growing up in Southern California with Eddie Murray and the one team he would’ve liked to have played for.

Jul 7, 2017

Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Greg Pryor joins the boys to talk about Disco Demolition Night and the events of July 12, 1979, the day he made Jimmy Piersall go crazy, describes what it was like being part of the circus surrounding Bo Jackson in 1986 and spills the beans on what he thinks is the worst baseball movie ever.

Jun 30, 2017

16-time Gold Glove Award winner (and 2015 Hall of Very Good inductee) Jim Kaat joins the boys to talk about his 60-plus years in baseball, reflects on his Hall of Fame chances, shares why he started Twitter (and who, from his era, would be a great follow), describes golfing in New Zealand and, naturally, gives Lou some links advice.

Jun 23, 2017

Phil Hecken, weekend editor (and “bench coach”) for the Uni Watch Blog, joins the boys to talk about those hideous things the Arizona Diamondbacks are wearing, the best (and worst) uniforms in the Majors, why baseball needs to tone down their special jerseys and why 1969 might have been the greatest looking year on the diamond.

Jun 16, 2017

Former Major Leaguer-turned-author Adam Greenberg joins the boys about the injury that stalled his Major League career, his long journey back to the bigs, playing for Team Israel during the World Baseball Classic, getting inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the awesome healing power of, wait for it…deer antlers.

Jun 9, 2017

Actor-turned-musician Scott ("Gilmore Girls") Patterson joins the boys to talk about his seven-year minor league baseball career, what it’s like going one-on-one against Don Mattingly, hanging out with Bobby Bonds, shares the advice Sandy Koufax gave him and previews the new EP from his band SMITHRADIO.

Jun 2, 2017

Brandiose co-founder Jason Klein joins the boys to talk about what it takes to completely re-design the image of a baseball franchise, how he went from high school mascot to one of the most sought after minds in marketing, shares a great story about friend of the pod, Ted (The Famous Chicken) Giannoulas and introduces Shawn to the most exciting vegetable he’s never heard of.

May 31, 2017

20 years ago, Ila Borders broke through baseball's "glass ceiling" when she appeared in a game for the St. Paul Saints. From Mick Veeck to (yes) Marge Schott, Ila's journey was an interesting one.

May 26, 2017

Attorney-turned sportswriter-turned radio host-turned Peabody Award winner Julie DiCaro joins the boys (again) to talk about how she deals with the haters online, shares her thoughts on the recent Ronnie Woo Woo-Chicago Cubs controversy and explains why "Tin Cup" is the worst baseball movie of all-time...and, yes, she knows it's about golf.

Oh...did anyone mention Julie's Peabody Award?

May 19, 2017

Bob Kendrick returns to talk about the origin of the Kansas City Royals "Dressed to the Nines" game, Adam Jones's recent $20,000 donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and gives an update on the efforts to save Buck O'Neil's home.

Also, Ralph Carhart stops by to fill-in as co-host and give an update on The Hall Ball Project.

May 16, 2017

It's been 46 years since Ross Grimsley threw his first Major League pitch. Since then, the longtime hurler (and the last Montreal Expo to win 20 games) has been the subject of many rumors. From hair grease to allegations of's time to play "True or False".

May 12, 2017

Baseball historian Ralph Carhart joins the boys to talk about the very unique Hall Ball Project, spills the beans on which of the 317 Hall of Famers have been the most difficult to track down and shares the story of baseball legend Cristóbal Torriente.

May 9, 2017

Before he was a member of the San Diego Padres, then-college student Tony Gwynn donned the mustard and brown for a spoof of a local used car commercial. True story.

Apr 28, 2017

Actress and activist Tracy Reiner joins the boys to talk about how she landed the role of Betty "Spaghetti" Horn in "A League of Their Own" (spoiler's not how you think), what it was like working on the set of "Die Hard", reminisces about the impact Carrie Fisher had on her life and, of course, shares what life is like growing up in "the circus".

Apr 21, 2017

Legendary interviewer Roy Firestone joins the boys to talk about what inspired him to go into broadcasting and what he thinks is wrong (and right) about the industry today, recalls some of his most memorable interviews of all-time, sheds some light on his 1992 discussion with O.J. Simpson and delivers the best Harry Caray impression you’ve ever heard.

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