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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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.

Jan 6, 2017

Former slugger Rob "Rooster" Deer joins the boys to talk about his friendship with Robin Yount, his love for Milwaukee (and why he believes he was allowed to leave the Brewers via free agency), playing in Japan and that one special night he caught the eye of The Material Girl.



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 ( 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.

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