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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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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 (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.

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