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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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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 witchcraft...it'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 alert...it'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.

Apr 14, 2017

The son of baseball’s all-time hit king (and manager of the Wichita Wingnuts), Pete Rose Jr. joins the boys to talk about growing up at Riverfront Stadium, getting his first Major League hit at home in front of his dad, shares his love of WWE and reveals the one skill he wishes he had.

Apr 7, 2017

MLB Network host (and HOVG Podcast favorite) Brian Kenny re-joins the boys to talk about his guest spot on IFC's "Brockmire", breaks down 2017 storylines, reveals his pick for the worst baseball movie of all-time and etches in stone, his personal Baseball Mount Rushmore.

Apr 2, 2017

With no baseball early in the 1995 season, former Major League umpire Larry Young did what he could to help pay the bills. One of those things...refereeing The Undertaker-King Kong Bundy match at WrestleMania XI.

Mar 31, 2017

Actor Hank Azaria joins the boys to talk about his new IFC show “Brockmire”, explains where the idea came from, what inspired Jim Brockmire’s unique voice, working with famed baseball announcer Joe Buck and how, sometimes, you take a role simply to pay the bills.

Mar 29, 2017

Is Pete Rose the ultimate heel? If you ask Bruce Prichard...you better believe it. And while Major League Baseball's hit king might not be in Cooperstown, he did parlay his three WrestleMania appearances into enshrinement into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Mar 24, 2017

Famed actor/director Timothy Busfield joins the boys to talk about his beloved Detroit Tigers chances this upcoming season, working with Kevin Costner, filming with Ken Griffey Jr., kicking it with Hall of Famer Al Kaline, trying out for the Kansas City Royals (true story) and why, perhaps, Ryan Gosling longs to be him.

Mar 17, 2017

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actor Robert Wuhl joins the boys to talk about his horrible audition for "Bull Durham", improvising on the set of "Batman”, what inspired the TV show “Arli$$” (hint…it involves our current President), the good and bad of playing fantasy baseball and throws out some predictions for the upcoming 2017 MLB season.

Mar 10, 2017

Former San Diego Padres executive Andy Strasberg joins the boys to tell them about about that time he filled in for his buddy Ted Giannoulis (chicken costume and all), backflipping into the Hall of Fame with Ozzie Smith, his relationship with the late-Roger Maris, working on the Billy Crystal movie “61*” and getting Tony Gwynn his first TV commercial.

Mar 8, 2017

Writer/director Ron Shelton didn't have to think too hard to come up with the idea and characters for the 1988 movie "Bull Durham". He lived it.

Mar 3, 2017

Bruce Prichard, host of the popular “Something to Wrestle with” podcast, joins the boys to tell them all about what happened when Pete Rose ended up in the WWF/WWE (and, subsequently, their Hall of Fame) and how he’s the perfect heel, the relationship between Wade Boggs and “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and who came up with the ill-fated Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz gimmick.

Feb 24, 2017

Should-be Hall of Famer Tommy John joins the boys to tell them all about his chances at getting into Cooperstown, the injury that nearly ended his career, his relationship with the late-Frank Jobe (and why the legendary doctor is one of the three most influential men in baseball history) and playing alongside Glenn Burke.

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