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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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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.

Aug 3, 2018

For a podcast-record fourth time, Jeff Katz, the now-former mayor of Cooperstown, joins the boys to talk about Curt Schilling for some reason, politely listens to Shawn blabber on and on about his summer concerts, tells the story of how he ended up officiating Brian Kenny’s daughter’s wedding(!),  coins the term “Tony Danza Tribute Hat” and shares his all-time favorite broadcast team.

Oh…Jeff also gives his annual re-cap of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Jul 27, 2018

TJ Connelly joins the boys to talk about how he ended up the DJ for the Boston Red Sox (and, ultimately, the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins), explains the art of choosing the right walk up music, explains his bond with slugger David Ortiz and, ultimately, shares the one song he won’t play. Ever.

Jul 24, 2018

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 his friend Brett and witnessed the aftermath of the "Pine Tar Incident" firsthand.

Jul 23, 2018

Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry joins the boys to talk about how she almost quit baseball to work at a golf course in Hawaii, gets into the specifics of creating grass patterns in the outfield, recalls shagging flies for and getting lost in the dreamy blue eyes of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and, yeah, brags a little (wouldn't you?) about how great her view is from her office window at Camden Yards.

Jul 13, 2018

Famed cannabis expert and comedian Ngaio Bealum joins the boys to talk about his unique look and style (is it "Funky Preacher" or "Sexy Professor"?), being a fan of his hometown San Francisco Giants, the main difference between 1980s baseball and now, hanging out with Doug Benson and, of course, his new Netflix show “Cooking on High”.

Plus, Lou helps Ngaio plan his return trip to Milwaukee.

Jul 6, 2018

Actor, comedian and baseball historian Greg Proops joins the boys to talk about his recent gig as emcee of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s annual Hall of Game ceremony, his experiences interviewing some of baseball’s greats, recalls the mysterious death of Rube Foster and shares his admiration for San Francisco Giants greats Willie Mays and Barry Bonds.

Oh, yeah, Greg also joins in on Lou’s distaste of the 2013 movie “42”.

Jun 29, 2018

Rick Vaughn joins the boys to talk about his time as the public relations director for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, his current gig working with Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon’s charity and, most importantly, helps Shawn and Lou begin their quest to track down the infamous Billy Ripken “Fuck Face” bat.

Jun 22, 2018

Four-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer of “The Simpsons”, Mike Reiss, joins the boys to talk about his new book, pretends to be interested when Shawn and Lou share their favorite episodes, goes behind-the-scenes of the iconic “Homer at the Bat” episode, grades Ted Cruz’s impressions of everyone’s favorite TV family and imagines a dark, gritty re-boot of “Alf”.

And as a bonus...hear all about that time Lou was served a “meal” of toast!

Jun 15, 2018

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of "Bull Durham", famed filmmaker Ron Shelton joins the boys to talk about the making of one of baseball's most iconic movies, his days in the minor leagues and Michael Jordan's brief stint as a professional baseball player.

Episode originally aired August 26, 2016.

Jun 8, 2018

Writer and director Matthew S. Robinson joins the boys to talk about his new play, “BlackBalled: The Rise and Fall of Negro League Baseball", what current players embody the spirit of the Negro Leagues, why Babe Ruth never got a shot at managing in the Majors and, along with Shawn and Lou, get real about kneeling, not kneeling, visiting The White House (or not) and the overall “patriotism” in sports.

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