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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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Mar 2, 2021

Brandon Steiner, founder of Steiner Sports and CollectibleXchange, joins the boys to talk about the current resurgence in the sports memorabilia market, reveals why so many people are buying and selling their collectibles right now, shares some of the favorite pieces from his own collection and teases the upcoming auction of his personal stuff.

Feb 23, 2021

Actor (and lifelong Red Sox fan!) Nate Corddry talks to the boys about the magic of baseball and why it’s okay to root for former players of your favorite team, his favorite ballparks to visit, drinking “water beer” at Wrigley Field, hanging out and talking baseball with the great Billy Crystal and trying to convince Yankees fan Aaron Sorkin to change his name on “Studio 60”.

Feb 16, 2021

To mark the fifth anniversary of his first appearance on the podcast, onetime minor league scout-turned-actor Lew Temple re-joins the boys to talk about how he’s been keeping busy during our “societal pause”, that time he bought (and shared!) a drink with Hank Aaron, his friendship with the man who gave up the former home run champ’s record-tying bomb, how the late-Bob Watson inadvertently got him started in Hollywood and led to hanging out with Charlie Sheen and playing catch with a young Matthew McConaughey.

Feb 9, 2021

Matthew Mutton, host of British Baseball Podcast, joins the boys to talk about why they should be fans of British baseball (and who they should root for!), introduces the world to the Bolton Robots of Doom, explains how he became a fan of American baseball and why he loves the Negro Leagues and the AAGPBL.

Feb 2, 2021

Andrea Williams, the author of Baseball’s Leading Lady, joins the boys to talk about her journey of wanting to be Major League Baseball’s first female general manager to working alongside Bob Kendrick at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to writing about African-American icons Effa Manley and Charley Pride, what it would take for Hollywood to properly honor their memory and reveals (kinda) what she’s working on next.

Jan 29, 2021

Phil Sklar from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee joins the boys to update them on the status of the museum, talks about the most popular bobbleheads they’ve created and sold (as well as the money they’ve raised for first responders battling COVID-19) and offers up a special *FREE* bobblehead offer. #IBOBBLE

Jan 26, 2021

Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, joins the boys for the sixth time to talk about his relationship with fellow Hall of Very Good class of 2021 inductees Dick Allen and Charley Pride, looks back at the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the museum, looks ahead to 2021 and gives an update on the Nashville Stars.

Jan 24, 2021

We're still not sure how or why we became friends with Larry King...but it certainly had something to do with our shared love of baseball.

The legendary interviewer (and very proud baseball dad!) joined us a number of times and talked about a host of things, including the Hall of Fame, the most exciting and best players that he's seen, his all-time favorite uniforms and, naturally, his lifelong fandom of the Los Angeles AND Brooklyn Dodgers.

Larry died on January 23, 2021 at age 87.

Jan 19, 2021

“Meeting on the Mound” host Jake Reiner joins the boys to talk about how his previous life as a broadcast journalism has helped him transition into podcasting, shares his thoughts on the legitimacy of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2020 World Series championship, looks ahead to the 2021 season and reveals his hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot.

Jan 12, 2021

Longtime ESPN broadcaster Kenny Mayne joins the boys to talk about the “magic device” that enabled him to get back on his feet and how he’s made it his mission to help others do the same, his love of Tommy Harper and the Seattle Pilots, the game he invented with his uncle, his experience making “Baseketball” and shares his favorite Milwaukee story.

Jan 5, 2021

Regarded as the Negro League’s youngest player, Dennis "Bose" Biddle joins the boys to talk about leaving Magnolia, Arkansas, and heading to the Windy City to try out for (and eventually sign a contract to play in) the Chicago American Giants, his efforts to preserve the legacy of the league’s historic past and that time he met the legendary Charley Pride.

Dec 31, 2020

To celebrate being the most listened to episode of 2020, Micky Dolenz from The Monkees joins the boys to talk about his new gig with Wizard World, learning how to play golf alongside Alice Cooper, explains the origin of The Hollywood Vampires and helps Lou earn some major points with his mother-in-law.

Episode originally aired July 28, 2020.

Dec 29, 2020

For no reason whatsoever, a mystery guest joins the boys to talk about why it's more than okay to ignore and cancel Aubrey Huff, whether or not steroid guys should be in the Hall of Fame, helps coin the term "fat-neck Griffey", shares their favorite baseball-related comedy routine and reveals their three song strip club setlist.

Dec 22, 2020

Baseball historian/researcher and taphophile Sam Gazdziak joins the boys to talk about his fascination with celebrating the lives of the recently deceased, introduces the world to Kentucky’s number one chicken thief, “Turkey Bob” Turner, expresses his anger following the recent passing of Charley Pride and reveals whether or not we’ll ever see an RIP Baseball book.

Dec 15, 2020

Andrew Maraniss, author of the upcoming Glenn Burke biography “Singled Out”, joins the boys to talk at length about why he chose to write about Major League Baseball’s first openly gay player (and inventor of the high five), whether or not his story would make a good movie and, yeah, walks right into a return of #FredKilledRube. 

Dec 8, 2020

1988 Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star Chris Sabo joins the boys to talk about why he chose to pursue the dream of playing baseball professionally instead of hockey, suiting up for Pete Rose, going wire-to-wire and winning the 1990 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds and the challenge of going back to college, first to get his law degree and next, as the head coach of the University of Akron baseball team during a pandemic.

Dec 1, 2020

Documentary filmmaker Kelly Candaele joins the boys to talk about his mother, former AAGPBL player Helen Callaghan, and how his PBS documentary about the professional women's baseball league led to a call from Penny Marshall’s “people”, whether or not we could see a sequel to “A League of Their Own” and his thoughts on the upcoming Amazon series.

Nov 28, 2020

Stand-up comedian and Donald Trump impersonator J-L Cauvin joins the boys to talk about one of his greatest accomplishments (spoiler alert: it involves a pair of middle fingers and a group of high school cheerleaders), shares his all-time favorite New York Yankees players, reveals why he hates Derek Jeter so much and, for some reason, recalls that time he was offered free Rich Little tickets...and explains why he didn't take them.

Nov 17, 2020

Fresh off the 2020 induction ceremony, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Greg Harris joins the boys to talk about his personal journey from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shares the similarities (and, of course, the differences) between the two museums and their induction ceremonies, reveals his favorite piece in each museum and reveals the baseball player he’d like to see get his due.

Nov 10, 2020

Former umpire John Hirschbeck joins the boys to talk about his lengthy big league career (including his most memorable games and run-ins with managers and players), the reason he got into the profession, that night in Mexico that led to him meeting his wife and how they’re now honoring the legacy of their late son through The Magic of Michael Foundation.

Nov 3, 2020

The Toddfather, Todd Radom, joins the boys to talk about the recent loss of several baseball Hall of Famers and the uniforms they were least known for wearing, Lou Brock’s unique headwear, that time he saw the entire Boston Red Sox team hop into the stands at Yankee Stadium, whether or not Major League Baseball should bring back 1999’s Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys and, of course, his new book…Fabric of the Game.

Oct 27, 2020

Author and American Ghost Walks tour guide Tea Krulos joins the boys to talk about the haunted history (including that of countless baseball players) of The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, whether or not Jeffrey Dahmer is still terrorizing Cream City, why Milwaukee City Hall once became the hot spot for those looking to commit suicide and, of course, his new book American Madness.

Oct 20, 2020

Actor and director Stu Stone joins the boys to talk about his new film “Faking a Murderer”, shares the response to his previous opus “Jack of All Trades”, the effect it had on his family and the rise in popularity of Foul Ball Paul, drops far too many late-80s/early-90s baseball names and educates everyone on the sordid past of former outfielder Mel Hall.

Oct 13, 2020

Should-be Hall of Famer Al “Scoop” Oliver joins the boy to talk about how he would’ve handled playing during the coronavirus pandemic and why being a “creature of habit” could’ve helped him out, playing for the history-making 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and who his closest teammates were, the toughest pitchers he faced during his career and, of course, his new book.

Oct 6, 2020

Jeff Pearlman, the self-proclaimed “Jewish Michael Lewis”, joins the boys to talk about that time he and Jesse Orosco ran over a cat, why he chose the Los Angeles Lakers as the subject of his latest book (Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty), reveals the subject of his next book and explains why it isn’t about who it should have been about and what the somebody is not Matisyahu.

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