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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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Dec 30, 2016

1989 National League MVP Kevin Mitchell joins the boys to tell them about playing for (and partying with) the 1986 World Champion New York Mets, the friendships he made during his playing career, the worst decision he ever made, the best hitter he’s ever seen and battling back from paralysis. True story.

Dec 23, 2016

What do you get when you combine a handful of professional athletes, copious amounts of alcohol and one crazy night at a SuperBowl party in New Orleans?

Dec 16, 2016

Former Kansas City Royals slugger Willie Mays Aikens joins the boys to talk about his baseball career, the cocaine addiction that sent him to prison and being reunited with his 1980 American League Championship ring after more than 30 years.

Dec 9, 2016

Former wrestling great Lanny Poffo joins the boys to talk about growing up a baseball fan outside Chicago, his brother (and 2015 Hall of Very Good™ celebrity inductee), Randy "Macho Man" Savage's minor league baseball career and what ultimately led to his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Dec 2, 2016

President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, joins the boys to talk about his special relationship with the late, great Buck O'Neil, the most interesting donation made to the museum (hint...it involves Rush frontman Geddy Lee!) and introduces Lou to "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings".

Nov 18, 2016

The self-proclaimed Emperor of Fun, David Raymond, joins the boys to talk about his years as the original Phillie Phanatic, whether or not mascots should be in baseball's Hall of Fame, breaking ground on the Mascot Hall of Fame and what it takes to be a successful entertainer.

Nov 11, 2016

Famed ballhawk Zack Hample returns to the podcast to re-cap what went down at Fort Bragg, get a handle on the craziness that was the 2016 baseball season, explain why he didn't head to this year's World Series and update the boys on his baseball total.

Nov 4, 2016

Niko Bonds joins the boys to talk about the worst fans in sports, why he didn't join the family business and what it is like growing up the son of baseball's home run king, Barry Bonds.

Oct 28, 2016

Paul Sianis, co-owner of Chicago's famed Billy Goat Tavern, joins the boys to talk about the restaurant's history, being immortalized by "Saturday Night Live" and, of course, a certain curse from 1945.

Oct 21, 2016

Former two-sport star Josh Booty joins the boys talk about his professional sports careers (both of them!), whether or not he thinks Tim Tebow can succeed on the diamond and that wild and crazy night in New Orleans with Kevin Millar.

Oct 14, 2016

Second generation big leaguer Brian McRae joins the boys to talk about his life in baseball, suiting up alongside his dad, the good and bad of Wrigley Field and where he was during Game Six of the 2003 NLCS.

Oct 7, 2016

Joel Hawkins from The House of David Baseball Team Research Project joins the boys to separate fact and fiction when it comes to the bearded bunch of baseball players.

Sep 30, 2016

Groundbreaking pitcher Ila Borders joins the boys to talk about her career, what it's like being the first woman to win a professional baseball game and what she's up to today.

Sep 23, 2016

All-around baseball Renaissance Man Seth Swirsky joins the boys to talk about his famed memorabilia collection, the buying and selling of the famed “Buckner Ball” and that time he might’ve jinxed the Red Sox.

Sep 16, 2016

Famed "Poster Boy" John Costacos joins the boys to talk about the (surprisingly) crazy world of posters and shares some of the best stories you're likely to hear all week. True statement.

Sep 9, 2016

Comedian and podcasting legend Jay Mohr joins the boys to conduct the inaugural HOVG fantasy draft. Later, Rich Grisham from Out of the Park lets everyone know who had the best team.

Aug 26, 2016

Famed filmmaker Ron Shelton joins the boys to talk about his days in the minor leagues, the making of "Bull Durham" and Michael Jordan's brief stint as a professional baseball player.

Aug 19, 2016

"Spaceman" writer/director Brett Rapkin joins the boys to talk about his new movie, working with Josh Duhamel, hanging out with Fergie and, of course, the enigma that is, former pitcher Bill Lee.

Aug 12, 2016

"The Rookie" Jim Morris joins the boys to talk about his journey from high school teacher to Major Leaguer, getting jeered by some of baseball's finest and, of course, hanging out with Dennis Quaid while his life got the Disney treatment.

Aug 5, 2016

Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz returns to the podcast to talk about how Hall of Fame Induction weekend affects the town of Cooperstown, re-caps the 2016 inductions of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza and looks ahead to the Class of 2017. Also, Jeff purposely avoids getting financial advice from Lenny Dykstra.

Jul 29, 2016

2016 Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award recipient David Denson joins the boys to talk life in the Minors with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and becoming the first active player within a Major League Baseball organization to come out as gay.

Jul 22, 2016

To commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Pine Tar Incident, former Kansas City Royals infielder Greg Pryor joins the boys to take them behind-the-scenes and onto the field with stories from the legendary game.

Jul 15, 2016

Thomas Ian Nicholas, best known to baseball fans as Henry Rowengartner, joins the boys to talk about "Rookie of the Year" (and his hopes for a sequel), the "American Pie" franchise and his first celebrity crush.

Jul 8, 2016

Gar Ryness, aka Batting Stance Guy, joins the boys to talk Midwestern geography, everyone's secret desire to be lefthanded, celebrating Pete Rose and, naturally, the least marketable skill in America.

Jul 1, 2016

Attorney-turned-sportswriter Julie talks to the the boys about her beloved Chicago Cubs, the viral "More Than Mean" YouTube video and when you can and can't call a woman "dame". Plus, Julie's first celebrity crush revealed!

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