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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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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.

Jul 24, 2020

Longtime San Francisco Giants public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon joins the boys to talk about how she got her history-making gig with the team, her favorite moments from her 20-plus years in the booth, hanging out with Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, where she keeps her THREE World Series rings and, of course, fangirling over Beyoncé.

Jul 23, 2020

To celebrate Women in Baseball Week, longtime umpire (and onetime Jeopardy! champ) Perry Barber joins the boys to talk about how she went from opening up for Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen to umpiring games across the country and gives her insight on why it is important that girls play baseball and stay involved well into adulthood.

This episode originally aired November 5, 2019.

Jul 22, 2020

To celebrate Women in Baseball Week, shortstop-turned-nun Sister Toni Ann Palermo joins the boys to talk about traveling the country playing professional softball at age 11, how she ended up playing in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, borrowing Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto’s “magic glove” and why she didn’t know about “A League of Their Own” until more than a decade after its release.

This episode originally aired July 2, 2020.

Jul 21, 2020

To celebrate Women in Baseball Week, Shirley “Hustle” Burkovich joins the boys to talk about getting her start in the AAGPBL, how she got her nickname, if she saved anything from her playing days, the status of the International Women’s Baseball Center and, of course, “A League of Their Own”.

This episode originally aired November 19, 2019.

Jul 20, 2020

To celebrate Women in Baseball Week, 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.

Jul 16, 2020

Famed rock and roll photographer Danny Clinch joins the boys to talk about his relationship with Blind Melon, what it was like performing in front of the massive crowd at Woodstock ’94, the hundreds of hours of video and audio recordings made by the band’s late- singer Shannon Hoon and, of course, the fantastic new documentary “All I Can Say”.

Jul 13, 2020

Legendary Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom joins the boys to talk about bringing rockabilly music back into the mainstream during the rise of MTV, joining Jerry Lee Lewis on the road, hanging out with longtime friend (and rock God) Lemmy Kilmister and how he and a bunch of his showbiz friends have kept their shared love of Strat-o-matic and fantasy baseball alive.

Jul 6, 2020

Emmy Award-winning television writer and former baseball announcer Ken Levine joins the boys to talk about his time writing for “Cheers”, the reaction to his Glenn Burke-inspired episode “Boys in the Bar”, his desire to grow up to be Vin Scully, working with Hall of Famer broadcaster Dave Niehaus and being handpicked by Jon Miller to work for the Baltimore Orioles.

Jul 2, 2020

Shortstop-turned-nun Sister Toni Ann Palermo joins the boys to talk about traveling the country playing professional softball at age 11, how she ended up playing in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, borrowing Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto’s “magic glove” and why she didn’t know about “A League of Their Own” until more than a decade after its release.

Jun 29, 2020

Brandon Steiner, “serial entrepreneur” and founder of Steiner Sports and CollectibleXchange, joins the boys to talk about how he turned a chance encounter with Thurman Munson into a sports memorabilia empire, how much money he made off of (legally) selling grass, hanging out with Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra and where he thinks the collectible hobby is heading.

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