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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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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.

Jun 25, 2020

Musician and host of “The Son Ranto Show” Danny Rockett joins the boys to talk about the proposed return of Major League Baseball and why he won’t be upset about another Chicago Cubs World Series win, his disdain for the current commissioner and, naturally, his band’s new single…“Rob Manfred Hates Baseball”.

Buy "Rob Manfred Hates Baseball" HERE!

Jun 22, 2020

Brian Volk-Weiss, the creative force behind “A Toy Store Near You”, “The Toys That Made Us” and “The Movies That Made Us”, joins the boys to talk about the challenges of producing his latest Netflix series amid a global pandemic, the creative process behind choosing the toys and movies he does (and the thrill of shooting down the ideas of others), how we’re all collectors at heart and whether or not baseball cards (or Starting Lineup) will ever be showcased on one of his shows.

Jun 18, 2020

Olympic silver medal-winning pitcher (and future author?) Don August joins the boys to talk about being part of that fabled team from the 1984 Summer Games, when he knew Mark McGwire was for real, owning “The Bash Brothers”, playing alongside a number of Hall of Fame-caliber players in Milwaukee, making history against the Toronto Blue Jays and, yeah, that time he encountered a lion outside a ballpark in Mexico.

Jun 15, 2020

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, joins the boys (for the fifth time!) to talk about the recent civil unrest and why he’s encouraged by the actions of today’s young African-American players, what Buck O’Neil would think of what’s going on in 2020 and whether or not the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues would extend beyond its scheduled centennial celebration.

Jun 9, 2020

Renowned ballpark architect Janet Marie Smith joins the boys to talk about being rejected by and then designing Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles, her current gig with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the difference between building a stadium from the ground up and renovating one that’s been standing for almost a century and what baseball fans can expect when they return to Chavez Ravine.

Jun 1, 2020

Greg Proops returns to talk to the boys about (and share the behind-the-scenes account of) his role as emcee of the 2019 Negro Leagues Hall of Game celebration, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, explains why he’s always “dressed to the nines” and shares his pandemic reading list.

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