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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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Aug 20, 2019

“Baseball Brothers” Muneesh Jain and Ty Simpkins join the boys to talk about their quest to visit all 30 MLB stadiums together, their upcoming trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, how Muneesh’s six(!) near-death experiences have led him to introducing people to the game of baseball and, of course, Ty’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Aug 15, 2019

On August 10, 1989, Dave Dravecky came back from cancer to re-join the San Francisco Giants.

Five days later…it was all over.

Now, thirty years after that tragic last pitch, a random fan letter and a chance poolside encounter have completed Dravecky's story...and it is nothing short of magical.

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Aug 13, 2019

Recently retired slugger Cody Decker joins the boys to talk about (literally) walking off a winner after eleven seasons, his new gig as Associate Executive Director of El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, his new radio show “Swings & Mrs”, whether or not we should bring back “Bull Durham” and dealing with San Diego Padres Twitter.

Aug 7, 2019

Three-time NFL champion and FOX analyst Mark Schlereth joins the boys to talk about that time he single-handedly won SuperBowl 32, growing up in Alaska(!) a fan of Pittsburgh sports, being the father of a former Major League pitcher, the promise he made to his son Daniel when he was 12 and his diarrhea moment.

This week's episode is brought to you by Team of Dreams.

Jul 30, 2019

Super-talented sculptor Tom Tsuchiya joins the boys to talk about his gig creating the Hall of Fame plaques, shares his favorite and most difficult creations and explains how it is possible to park a car on the Pete Rose statue outside Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

And, yeah, Shawn and Lou do their best to convince Tom to add mustaches to all the plaques in Cooperstown.

Jul 24, 2019

On July 24, 1983, MLB Rule 1.10(c) received national attention when Kansas City Royals great George Brett hit a go ahead two-run home run off New York Yankees closer Goose Gossage.

Former big league infielder Greg Pryor was there, had a locker next to Brett and witnessed the aftermath of the "Pine Tar Incident" firsthand.

Jul 23, 2019

Newly-minted “Cooperstown Correspondent” (and the show’s first five-time guest!), Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, upcoming elections, how this most recent Hall of Fame Weekend nearly killed him and spending part of his weekend in a funeral home with Jay Jaffe.

Jul 16, 2019

Fresh off of celebrating the 40th anniversary of “The Hatching”, Ted Giannoulas (aka The Famous San Diego Chicken) joins the boys to talk about being interviewed by the legendary Ron Burgundy, that time in 1976 when he interrupted Elvis, getting arrested at an Aerosmith concert and whether or not a memoir could be in the works.

Jul 13, 2019

On July 12, 1979, close to 50,000 baseball (and music) fans crowded Comiskey Park to show their hatred of disco music. To call what happened that night in Chicago a "mistake" would be an understatement.

Former big league infielder Greg Pryor was there and witnessed "Disco Demolition Night" firsthand.

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Jul 9, 2019

From the marketing of its young stars to the failings of its current commissioner, La Vida Baseball’s Ozzie Guillen Jr. joins the boys to talk about the current state of Major League Baseball.

Oh…Ozzie also talks about the ups and downs of his famous father’s managerial career.

#RobManfredHatesBaseball

Jul 2, 2019

Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti joins the boys to talk about his time as a competitive eater, gaining 25 pounds during one competition, that time he and four buddies attempted to eat a 40-pound goat to help the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, competing at WingBowl alongside former slugger Matt Stairs and introduces the world to the former Major Leaguer who once set a record by eating a 72-ounce steak.

Jun 29, 2019

In the summer of 1979, Ted Giannoulas went from local radio station employee in a chicken suit to global superstar…but it wasn’t without controversy.

How did Giannoulas come to be known as “The Famous Chicken”? Would he ever go high-tech with his costume? And, most important…who would play him in a biochick, er, biopic?

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Jun 25, 2019

Muneesh Jain, co-host of the popular Clubhouse Podcast, joins the boys to talk about his favorite (and least favorite) ballparks, reveals his new baseball crush, opens up about the recent changes to baseball and picks a side in the ongoing Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy debate. Kinda.

Jun 18, 2019

Painter and illustrator Graig Kreindler joins the boys to talk about how he got his start as baseball’s foremost portrait artist and why he’s so good, shares what he’d like to paint and what he’s got in the pipeline for Topps and what he’s working on for the Negro Leagues Museum.

Oh…Lou also introduces Graig (and the world!) to the work of Kenneth Gatewood.

Jun 11, 2019

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, returns (for the fourth time!) to talk to the boys about the “electric” 2019 Hall of Game class and upcoming celebration, lays out the plans for the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and drops some Harlem Globetrotters knowledge.

Lastly, Bob provides an update on when the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center will be open.

Jun 4, 2019

British artist and painter (and Trivial Pursuit answer!) Andy Brown joins the boys to talk about when he got interested in baseball, his desire to visit and paint at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums and that time he got a letter of approval from the Queen of England.

May 28, 2019

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actor Robert Wuhl joins the boys to talk about the latest Batman, whether or not we might see “Arli$$” on television again and speculates whether Ichiro or Albert Pujols (or someone else) will be the next unanimous Hall of Famer.

Oh…and Shawn attempts to cast a 12-episode Netflix re-imagining of the iconic film “Bull Durham”.

May 22, 2019

Emmy-nominated director and producer Mo Marable joins the boys to talk about getting his start behind the camera, how he ended up working on IFC’s “Brockmire” and what it’s like working with Spike Lee, Hank Azaria, Bob Costas, Joe Biden and a slew of others.

Also, Lou introduces the world to the “48-Hour Rule”.

May 14, 2019

It's been thirty years since "Field of Dreams" was in movie theaters. What was it like to work with Kevin Costner? How hard is it to launch a home run into the cornfield?! Timothy Busfield knows.

Also...some great "Revenge of the Nerds" talk.

May 7, 2019

Longtime friends and uniform experts Phil Hecken and Todd Radom re-join the boys to break down their favorite teams (more specifically…their logos, jerseys and caps) taking part in this year’s Copa de la Diversión.

Also…what is a bivouac?

Apr 30, 2019

Attorney-turned sportswriter-turned radio host-turned Peabody Award winner-turned podcaster Julie DiCaro joins the boys to talk about her deep dive into investigating the murder of James Jordan, father of NBA superstar-turned minor league baseball player-turned NBA superstar Michael Jordan for her new podcast, The Score: Behind the Headlines.

Apr 23, 2019

Peter Kerasotis, author of Alou: My Baseball Journey, joins the boys to talk about how he got his start in journalism, the journey that led to him partnering up with former Major League player and manager Felipe Alou to co-write his autobiography, Alou’s relationship with Roberto Clemente and whether or not he believes the “Dominican Jackie Robinson” deserves a spot in Cooperstown.

Apr 16, 2019

Jon Shestakofsky, the Vice President of Communications and Education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, joins the boys to talk about how he went from Single-A ball with the Boston Red Sox to Cooperstown, the generosity of Ichiro Suzuki, why Ralph Carhart’s “Hall Ball” is something special and, of course, the museum’s newest exhibit…Shoebox Treasures.

Oh, Jon also introduces Shawn and Lou to George “Honey Boy” Evans.

Apr 9, 2019

Emmy-nominated director Lauren Meyer joins the boys to talk about what all went into the making of her new documentary “The Other Boys of Summer”, why she chose to spend more than a decade tracking down as many living members of the Negro Leagues in order to tell their story and that time she ended up in Mamie “Peanut” Johnson’s living room.

Apr 2, 2019

Tampa Bay Rays minor league reliever (and self-proclaimed “bus guy”) Jack Labosky joins the boys to talk about his plan to spend this upcoming season living in a renovated school bus with his girlfriend Madi, explains how he got her to agree to calling the J&M Express home, reflects on his painful time at the plate while with Duke and looks back at how he spent his first Spring Training.

Oh…Jack also gets caught up wondering out loud how a basketball game between three Lous and one Zion Williamson would play out!

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