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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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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.

Sep 29, 2020

Manuel Oliver, founder of Change the Ref, joins the boys to talk about how even though he lost his son (and best friend) Joaquin on February 14, 2018, he’s made it to at least 15 Major League Baseball parks this summer, where the CTR name came from, what it stands for and why we all should just f**king vote on November 3.

Sep 22, 2020

Graig Kreindler and Jay Caldwell, the men behind the Black Baseball in Living Color exhibit, talk to the boys about what it took to get 230 paintings from Graig’s New York studio to the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City Museum and getting namechecked by rap icon Chuck D, talk at length about Jay’s awesome memorabilia collection and reveal how you can win a set of the limited edition Negro Leagues Legends baseball cards.

Sep 15, 2020

Hardcore wrestling legend (and New York Times bestselling author) Mick Foley joins the boys to talk about his lifelong love affair with the New York Yankees, that time he met his idol Thurman Munson, going from the WiffleBall diamond to becoming a professional wrestling Hall of Famer and picks which players from his childhood best mirror the iconic “Three Faces of Foley”.

Sep 8, 2020

Plaid jacket winner Connie Amarel talks to the boys about going from underdog to favorite on “Holey Moley 2”, shares the behind-the-scenes secrets of the popular ABC gameshow and how a decadeslong obsession, er, admiration of Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley helped lead her to becoming the Oakland A’s (un)official “cookie lady”.

Sep 1, 2020

Bruce Markusen, manager of digital and outreach learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, joins the boys to talk about staying busy and keeping the museum relevant during the coronavirus pandemic, how his two favorite exhibits tie in nicely to his book about the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, that historic day Bucs skipper Danny Murtaugh put an all-black lineup on field and whether or not we might see another player (or two) from that World Series team enshrined in Cooperstown.

Aug 25, 2020

Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, joins the boys to talk about what people can expect when they visit the 25,000 square foot museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, shares some of the most popular exhibits (i.e. Ted Bundy’s VW, OJ Simpson’s White Bronco and the 9/11 gallery) and tells the story  of a painting by John Wayne Gacy that features the signatures of close to fifty baseball Hall of Famers and former president Richard Nixon as well as a baseball signed by Charles Manson and Juan Corona.

Aug 18, 2020

America’s favorite (former) mayor Jeff Katz joins the boys for a record seventh time to talk about what Cooperstown has been up to following the cancellation of Induction Weekend 2020, looks ahead at the Class of 2021, explains why he thinks Alex Rodriguez is the most underrated player of the lasts quarter-century and, for some reason, unironically drops a Randy Velarde reference.

Aug 15, 2020

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, more than 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 11, 2020

Eight-time Gold Glove winner and 1985 World Series champion Frank White joins the boys to talk about playing for his hometown Kansas City Royals for eighteen years, his side job building Kauffman Stadium (true story!), why players from his era aren’t getting their just due, how he’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and, lastly, his current career as an elected official.

Aug 4, 2020

Third generation broadcaster Josh Caray joins the boys to talk about sharing the booth with his father Skip and grandfather Harry, who does the best impression of his late-Hall of Fame grandfather and, of course, his new gig as the voice of the record-shattering Rocket City Trash Pandas.

Jul 28, 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.

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