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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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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.

Feb 22, 2017

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen" were the words Secret Service told AJ Mass during a 1997 game at Shea Stadium. Did they really think Mr. Met was going to mess with the president?

Feb 17, 2017

Graphic design extraordinaire Todd Radom joins the boys to talk all about how he got his start in the business, why that Cleveland Browns logo he created means so much to him, that time he witnessed a brawl at Yankee Stadium, working with Ice Cube on his new basketball league and spending part of his Christmas with the Clintons.

Yes…THOSE Clintons.

Feb 10, 2017

Former big league pitcher-turned-author-turned motivational speaker Dave Dravecky joins the the boys to talk about his special friendship with Kevin Mitchell, what it’s like being a teammate of Tony Gwynn, the worst fans in baseball and of course, that horrific injury that ultimately ended his Major League career and meeting up with Tim Raines 27 years later.

Feb 3, 2017

Marcus Giamatti, son of former MLB commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, joins the boys to talk about his late-father's brief (albeit memorable) stint in baseball, throwing out the first before Game One of the 1989 World Series, being the "go to" guy for nearly every CBS drama and appearing on an episode of the X-Files.

Jan 27, 2017

New York Yankees batboy-turned-author Matthew McGough joins the boys to talk about his first day on the job with the Bronx Bombers, how his book changed the batboy rules, his lasting relationship with Don Mattingly and working on the CBS show “Clubhouse”.

Jan 25, 2017

23 years ago, Henry Rowengartner helped the Chicago Cubs to a World Series victory. Now, nearly a quarter-century since “Rookie of the Year” hit the big screen, the film’s star, Thomas Ian Nicholas, disclosed that the movie could be getting a sequel in 2018…just in time for its 25th anniversary.

Jan 20, 2017

MLB Network host Brian Kenny joins the boys to talk about boxing alongside Mike Tyson, breaks down the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot, looks ahead to the Class of 2018, explains why "Major League 2" is better than its predecessor and, along with Lou, questions Shawn's life choices.

Jan 13, 2017

Legendary catcher Johnny Bench joins the boys to share his thoughts about this year’s (potential) Hall of Fame class, his favorite things to do during his annual trip to Cooperstown, goes behind-the-scenes of the “Baseball Bunch” and speculates who should host a proposed re-boot of the popular program.

Jan 10, 2017

Not long before she was begging Jose Canseco to make her a mother (Jose's words...not ours), a different Major League slugger caught the eye of The Material Girl.

Rob Deer.

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