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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 17, 2019

Hours before taking the field during the annual Team of Dreams celebrity softball game, Shane Obedzinski joins the boys to talk about the excitement of riding the Budweiser bus, the rumors surrounding Steve Carlton’s RV and reprising his role of Tommy “Repeat” Timmons when “The Sandlot” returns in 2020.

Sep 12, 2019

Team of Dreams veteran Chris Kleveno joins the boys to talk about taking part in the annual Team of Dreams celebrity softball game (2019 marked his fourth year), what it’s like crossing off bucket list items playing alongside Hall of Famers and hitting against Charlie Sheen and introduces everyone to the magic of Steve Carlton’s RV.

Sep 10, 2019

Just yards from the iconic baseball field immortalized in the movie, Dan Evans and Tucker LaBelle join the boys to talk about the path both of them took to getting to being involved with the Field of Dreams Movie Site, their plans for the location up to and beyond the New York Yankees-Chicago White Sox game next summer, how a polar vortex helped Dan go from the Majors to dedicating his life to a farm in Dyersville, Iowa.

Also, the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager shares with Shawn and Lou one of the best Vin Scully stories you’ll ever hear.

Sep 5, 2019

Finishing up just a stone’s throw from where he started his day, Roman Weinberg, the Operations Manager of the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site re-joins the boys to talk about this year’s Team of Dreams event, shares what the future holds for the location and lays out the plans for All-Star Ballpark Heaven.

Sep 3, 2019

Just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie, Roman Weinberg, the Operations Manager of the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site leads the boys on a tour of the iconic house from the film, explains the “how” and “why” the land situated on Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa was selected and, ultimately, how it became one of the baseball world's top tourist destinations.

Oh, Roman also tells Shawn and Lou how a random tourist from New York (kinda) led to a $3.4 million payday for the farm’s original owner!

Aug 29, 2019

Experience the magic of the Field of Dreams Movie Site and rediscover America’s favorite pastime as legends from the world of sports & film come together on Labor Day weekend. From an autograph show, Q & A with players, a celebrity softball game, fantasy camp, silent auction, and more – see your favorite players in action. Watch as the Field’s famous Ghost Players emerge from the corn and entertain the crowd with their on-field antics. Wrap up the weekend experiencing the story that started it all – watch the “Field of Dreams” on the very outfield where the Oscar nominated movie was filmed.

Get event information HERE.

Aug 27, 2019

Tim “the guy that cuts baseball cards” Carroll joins the boys to talk about how he got the inspiration to butcher baseball cards and turn them into art, his favorite piece, the other stuff he’s used (think Band-Aids, pine tar and peach pits!) to immortalize some of baseball’s best, that time he injured himself for his craft and how he went from Conway, South Carolina to Cooperstown.

Aug 20, 2019

“Baseball Brothers” Muneesh Jain and Ty Simpkins join the boys to talk about their quest to visit all 30 MLB stadiums together, their upcoming trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, how Muneesh’s six(!) near-death experiences have led him to introducing people to the game of baseball and, of course, Ty’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Aug 15, 2019

On August 10, 1989, Dave Dravecky came back from cancer to re-join the San Francisco Giants.

Five days later…it was all over.

Now, thirty years after that tragic last pitch, a random fan letter and a chance poolside encounter have completed Dravecky's story...and it is nothing short of magical.

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Aug 13, 2019

Recently retired slugger Cody Decker joins the boys to talk about (literally) walking off a winner after eleven seasons, his new gig as Associate Executive Director of El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, his new radio show “Swings & Mrs”, whether or not we should bring back “Bull Durham” and dealing with San Diego Padres Twitter.

Aug 7, 2019

Three-time NFL champion and FOX analyst Mark Schlereth joins the boys to talk about that time he single-handedly won SuperBowl 32, growing up in Alaska(!) a fan of Pittsburgh sports, being the father of a former Major League pitcher, the promise he made to his son Daniel when he was 12 and his diarrhea moment.

This week's episode is brought to you by Team of Dreams.

Jul 30, 2019

Super-talented sculptor Tom Tsuchiya joins the boys to talk about his gig creating the Hall of Fame plaques, shares his favorite and most difficult creations and explains how it is possible to park a car on the Pete Rose statue outside Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

And, yeah, Shawn and Lou do their best to convince Tom to add mustaches to all the plaques in Cooperstown.

Jul 24, 2019

On July 24, 1983, MLB Rule 1.10(c) received national attention when Kansas City Royals great George Brett hit a go ahead two-run home run off New York Yankees closer Goose Gossage.

Former big league infielder Greg Pryor was there, had a locker next to Brett and witnessed the aftermath of the "Pine Tar Incident" firsthand.

Jul 23, 2019

Newly-minted “Cooperstown Correspondent” (and the show’s first five-time guest!), Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, upcoming elections, how this most recent Hall of Fame Weekend nearly killed him and spending part of his weekend in a funeral home with Jay Jaffe.

Jul 16, 2019

Fresh off of celebrating the 40th anniversary of “The Hatching”, Ted Giannoulas (aka The Famous San Diego Chicken) joins the boys to talk about being interviewed by the legendary Ron Burgundy, that time in 1976 when he interrupted Elvis, getting arrested at an Aerosmith concert and whether or not a memoir could be in the works.

Jul 13, 2019

On July 12, 1979, close to 50,000 baseball (and music) fans crowded Comiskey Park to show their hatred of disco music. To call what happened that night in Chicago a "mistake" would be an understatement.

Former big league infielder Greg Pryor was there and witnessed "Disco Demolition Night" firsthand.

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Jul 9, 2019

From the marketing of its young stars to the failings of its current commissioner, La Vida Baseball’s Ozzie Guillen Jr. joins the boys to talk about the current state of Major League Baseball.

Oh…Ozzie also talks about the ups and downs of his famous father’s managerial career.

#RobManfredHatesBaseball

Jul 2, 2019

Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti joins the boys to talk about his time as a competitive eater, gaining 25 pounds during one competition, that time he and four buddies attempted to eat a 40-pound goat to help the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, competing at WingBowl alongside former slugger Matt Stairs and introduces the world to the former Major Leaguer who once set a record by eating a 72-ounce steak.

Jun 29, 2019

In the summer of 1979, Ted Giannoulas went from local radio station employee in a chicken suit to global superstar…but it wasn’t without controversy.

How did Giannoulas come to be known as “The Famous Chicken”? Would he ever go high-tech with his costume? And, most important…who would play him in a biochick, er, biopic?

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Jun 25, 2019

Muneesh Jain, co-host of the popular Clubhouse Podcast, joins the boys to talk about his favorite (and least favorite) ballparks, reveals his new baseball crush, opens up about the recent changes to baseball and picks a side in the ongoing Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy debate. Kinda.

Jun 18, 2019

Painter and illustrator Graig Kreindler joins the boys to talk about how he got his start as baseball’s foremost portrait artist and why he’s so good, shares what he’d like to paint and what he’s got in the pipeline for Topps and what he’s working on for the Negro Leagues Museum.

Oh…Lou also introduces Graig (and the world!) to the work of Kenneth Gatewood.

Jun 11, 2019

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, returns (for the fourth time!) to talk to the boys about the “electric” 2019 Hall of Game class and upcoming celebration, lays out the plans for the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and drops some Harlem Globetrotters knowledge.

Lastly, Bob provides an update on when the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center will be open.

Jun 4, 2019

British artist and painter (and Trivial Pursuit answer!) Andy Brown joins the boys to talk about when he got interested in baseball, his desire to visit and paint at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums and that time he got a letter of approval from the Queen of England.

May 28, 2019

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actor Robert Wuhl joins the boys to talk about the latest Batman, whether or not we might see “Arli$$” on television again and speculates whether Ichiro or Albert Pujols (or someone else) will be the next unanimous Hall of Famer.

Oh…and Shawn attempts to cast a 12-episode Netflix re-imagining of the iconic film “Bull Durham”.

May 22, 2019

Emmy-nominated director and producer Mo Marable joins the boys to talk about getting his start behind the camera, how he ended up working on IFC’s “Brockmire” and what it’s like working with Spike Lee, Hank Azaria, Bob Costas, Joe Biden and a slew of others.

Also, Lou introduces the world to the “48-Hour Rule”.

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