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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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Sep 27, 2022

After explaining what a sod poodle is, identical twins Chris and Stefan Caray  join the boys to talk about how they ended up joining the family business working in Armarillo as baseball’s first fourth-generation broadcasters, how they decide who does what in the booth and share who they think does the best impression of great-grandpa Harry.

Sep 20, 2022

Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher Maybelle Blair returns to talk to the boys about “A League of Their Own” on Amazon Prime, shares her thoughts on the show’s cast, reveals what prompted her to come out and gives an update on the IWBC’s efforts to turn Rockford, Illinois, the “cradle of women’s baseball”.

Sep 13, 2022

Writer, director and producer Will Graham joins the boys to talk about the journey (and decision) to bring “A League of Their Own” back via Amazon Prime, shares the response from those associated with the 1992 classic film, explains the desire to tell the stories that hadn’t been told yet and why it was important to get Rockford right.

Sep 6, 2022

Dakota”Stilts” Albritton, pitcher and outfielder for the Savannah Bananas, joins the boys to talk about his tryout with the team, playing for former big leaguer Eric Byrnes, who reached out to him after getting his first hit (on national television!) and, of course, the most difficult thing to do while on stilts.

Sep 1, 2022

Two-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star Manny Sanguillén joins the boys to talk about how he went from playing baseball in the streets of Panama to being the beloved face of a BBQ restaurant in Pittsburgh, shares what it was like being part of Major League Baseball’s first all-black and Latino lineup, recalls his favorite moment as a big leaguer and, of course, fondly remembers his close relationships with both Dock Ellis and Roberto Clemente.

Episode originally aired January 1, 2019

Aug 23, 2022

Justin Schultz, author of 91 Since ‘91, joins the boys to talk about what prompted him to write a book about the greatest baseball players of his lifetime (and why the list is 91 long instead of, say, 100), how he determined who was included, the biggest surprises and snubs and looks back at his time working alongside Lou at Reviewing the Brew.   

Aug 16, 2022

Darren Garnick, founder of Cards for the DR, joins the boys to talk about what prompted him to collect and distribute baseball cards to the youth of the Dominican Republic, how people have responded to his charitable crusade (and how you can get involved!), his love of “Batman '66”, globetrotting with a stuff Dino and makes his case for Carney Lansford to be inducted into The Hall of Very Good.

Aug 9, 2022

Legendary sports branding expert Todd Radom joins the boys to answer listener questions, introduces us to the Wichita Turbo Tubs, recalls tailgating at Milwaukee County Stadium (and “Midwest nice”) and sings the praises of Frank Pepe and his delicious pizza.

Aug 2, 2022

For the ninth time, America’s sweetheart Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and Bud Fowler’s connection to Cooperstown, why MLB should bring a regular season game to Doubleday Field, attempts to (kinda) humanize Rob Manfred and reveals a deep, dark secret about his extensive record collection.

Jul 26, 2022

From podcast fan to friend, Micah Blunt joins the boys to talk about spending time at the Hall of Fame, planning his next trip to Cooperstown, hanging out at the airport with Randy Johnson, that time the Seattle Mariners honored his lifelong dedication to the team and then, for some reason, turns the tables and asks Shawn and Lou some questions.

Jul 19, 2022

On the eve of the 2022 induction ceremony, Josh Rawitch joins the boys to talk about his first year on the job as president of the Hall of Fame, his daily “pinch me” moments, golfing with Bob Kendrick from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and what he and his team are looking for during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Jul 12, 2022

Dan Wallach from "My Baseball History" podcast (and, formerly, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum) joins the boys to talk about what's next for him personally, the current pains of being a Chicago White Sox fan, way too much "Jurassic Park" conversation and why it's a bad summer for dinosaurs.

Jul 5, 2022

“Clerks” star Brian O’Halloran joins the boys to talk about that other Brian O’Halloran in Boston, his admiration of the legendary George Carlin, how he ended up working with director Kevin Smith (and the upcoming “Clerks 3”), “spitting bars” with fellow View Askewniverse mainstay Jeff Anderson and getting the band back together at Fan Expo.

Jul 1, 2022

University of Rochester catcher (and glass-ceiling breaker) Beth Greenwood joins the boys to talk about her involvement with the Amazon Prime series "A League of Their Own", hanging out with AAGPBL living legend Maybelle Blair, remembers when she first gave the system the middle finger and reveils her new gig with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jun 30, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", actress and activist Tracy Reiner joins the boys to talk about how she landed the role of Betty "Spaghetti" Horn (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".

This episode originally aired April 28, 2017.

Jun 29, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", Chris Bolan, the director of “A Secret Love”, joins the boys to talk about how he got the inspiration to record the lives of his great-aunt (former AAGPBL catcher Terry Donahue) and her longtime girlfriend for his Netflix documentary, the unlikely place he found most of the archival footage and pictures he’d end up using, the response he’s received from the LGBTQ community and, most importantly, gives an update on the fantastic Pat Henschel.

This episode originally aired May 18, 2020.

Jun 28, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", filmmaker Kelly Candaele joins the boys to talk about his mother, former AAGPBL player Helen Callaghan, how his PBS documentary about the professional women's baseball league led to a call from Penny Marshall’s “people” and shares his thoughts on the upcoming Amazon series.

This episode originally aired December 1, 2020.

 

Jun 27, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", former pitcher Maybelle Blair joins the boys to talk about her time in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and how she got started on the diamond, her quest to preserve the AAGPBL in Rockford, Illinois, why she had to hide her sexuality and shares who her favorite current Major Leaguer is.

Oh, and Lou volunteers Shawn to do manual labor. Jerk.

This episode originally aired March 2, 2018.

Jun 21, 2022

"Facing Nolan" director Bradley Jackson joins the boys to talk about landing his dream gig, working with (and the praise he received from) the Ryan family, shares his favorite interviews and the interview he wishes he would have secured and, naturally, what was left on the proverbial cutting room floor.

Jun 14, 2022
Anonymous card artist PardeeStreetBetts joins the boys to talk about his love of Topps Project 70 baseball cards (and, in particular, that certain Mookie Betts card), whether or not he has heard from either Topps or Alex Pardee and, naturally, why he does what he does…and does his spouse approve.
Jun 7, 2022

Umpire-turned-author Dale Scott joins the boys to talk about his new book The Umpire is Out, shares the original (and rejected!) title and who would play him in a movie version, recalls the strangest questions he’s been asked while promoting his book and recalls that time he received a death threat for simply doing his job. SPOILER ALERT…it possibly (probably?) involves Billy Martin.

May 31, 2022

Andre Gaines, director of “After Jackie”, joins the boys to talk about his upcoming documentary and how he got involved, separates the Jackie Robinson fact from Jackie Robinson fiction, makes the Hall of Fame case for Bill White and explains how the efforts of the late-Curt Flood directly led to LeBron James making his historic “decision”.

May 10, 2022
Meat Puppets drummer Derrick Bostrom joins the boys to talk about why baseball is the best sport, fondly remembers those early-to-mid-80s New York Mets (and that time he put his father in his place during the 1986 World Series!) and politely listens to Shawn go on and on about traveling uphill both ways through an ice storm to see him perform.
May 3, 2022
Matthew Mutton, host of British Baseball Podcast, joins the boys to talk about his favorite Topps Project70 artists, the difficulties of collecting baseball cards outside of the United States, why he collects what he collects and what does and doesn’t belong in his Beindler.
Apr 19, 2022

Just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut, author and baseball historian Ralph Carhart joins the boys to talk about 42’s best (and worst) big screen portrayals, shares what it was like to interview Jackie’s daughter Sharon and, along with Lou, becomes a voluntary spokesperson for the Ireland Board of Tourism.

Check out the new SABR book Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen!

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