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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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Jul 20, 2021

Renowned master of cue cards Wally Feresten joins the boys to talk about how a rejected after school special helped lead to his 30-plus year career working at Saturday Night Live, reveals who is the best (and the notso best) when it comes to reading cue cards, dishes on some of the athletes that make their way backstage and how Carl Yastrzemski ended up his mortal enemy.

Jul 13, 2021

Kevin Martinez, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Seattle Mariners, joins the boys to talk about how he got his start with the team, the stunt that he was sure would get him fired (HINT: it was Turn Ahead the Clock Night), the thrill of handling the marketing of some of baseball’s biggest stars and that time WrestleMania took over Seattle.

Jul 12, 2021

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 6, 2021

SuperBowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann joins the boys to talk about how close he was to becoming a professional baseball player instead of an NFL MVP, recalls his historic one yard punt (and, yes, that leg-shattering sack by Lawrence Taylor), goes behind-the-scenes of his movie and television career and previews the upcoming American Century Championship.

Jun 29, 2021

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen joins the boys to talk  about his recent re-watch of his MVP award-winning performance in the 1985 World Series, that famous (infamous?) Ford commercial, whether or not he took anything while visiting The White House, both of his appearances on The Tonight Show, his love affair with golf and SabesWings, the foundation he started alongside his wife Kandace.

Jun 22, 2021

Renowned sports artist Blake Jamieson joins the boys to talk about how he got his start, his recent experience working with Topps, the one time he was star stuck by one of his subjects (and the one guy who stiffed him!) and explains NFTs.

Jun 17, 2021

“Holey Moley” co-host Joe Tessitore joins the boys to talk about the new season of the hit ABC game show, that time he called one of his son’s nationally-televised college football games and shares how excited he is to return to sold out stadiums this fall.

Jun 15, 2021

Legendary baseball agent Don Nomura joins the boys to talk about the numerous stops on his professional journey (and how his brief baseball career saved him from being killed in a liquor store), representing Japanese superstar Hideo Nomo at a time when his homeland had deemed him a traitor, the importance of the internationalization of baseball and how a loophole led to Major League Baseball’s Asian expansion.

#HideoNomoForTheHall

Jun 8, 2021

Sean Gibson, executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, joins the boys to talk about the legacy of Josh Gibson, how close his great-grandfather came to breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier, the current push to get the name of baseball’s MVP award changed and that time the greatest home run hitter in the Negro League history hit the longest home run at Yankee Stadium.

This week’s podcast is brought to you by IG Charcoal BBQ.

Jun 1, 2021

Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor returns to talk to the boys about how kept his iron man streak alive during 2020’s work stoppage, breaks down an average game day, shares where he stands on Sweet Caroline, comments on J-Lo’s "wattage" and, for some reason, the best and worst Batman.

May 25, 2021

Rich Evans and Molly Willcox from the Bristol Baseball Club join the boys (again) to talk about how they first discovered baseball and picked their favorite teams, Major League Baseball’s ongoing identity crisis, America’s problem with selective and false memories and get introduced to the story of Glenn Burke by Lou.

May 18, 2021

Rich Evans and Molly Willcox from the Bristol Baseball Club join the boys to talk about the history of and rise in baseball’s popularity in England, what fans of Bristol’s teams can expect this season and introduces the world to their adorably awesome mascot, Biscuit.

May 11, 2021

Ross Grimsley, the only 20-game winner in Montreal Expos history, joins the boys (and a VERY special guest!) to talk about the fiftieth anniversary of his May 16, 1971 debut with the Cincinnati Reds, pitching to and against the great Johnny Bench and going from collecting baseball cards of to playing alongside The Big Red Machine.

May 4, 2021

Rob Nelson, the original “shred head” and inventor of Big League Chew, joins the boys to talk about how he ended up in the Pacific Northwest pitching for the Portland Mavericks, spending time alongside Kurt Russell and (eventual Academy Award-nominated director) Todd Field and, of course, how being re-acquainted with Jim Bouton unexpectedly led to him becoming a bubble gum mogul.

Apr 27, 2021

Jason “Heavy J” Schwartz, the self-proclaimed “David Hasselhoff of the baseball card art community”, joins the boys to talk about growing up in the competitive world of Los Angeles mathletics, his never ending quest for Platinum Elite status at JOANN Fabric, what prompted him to start Heavy J Studios (and how he ended up creating more than 600 pieces of card art for charity!) and, yeah…that time a certain Tiger Beat coverboy might have (but most definitely probably did) made off with a recipe box full of his high-dollar baseball cards.

Apr 20, 2021

Longtime music producer and agent David Fishof joins the boys to talk about his early career representing athletes, the difference between working with them and with musicians and entertainers, the fight that led to him coming up with the idea of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and, of course, the new documentary “Rock Camp”.

Apr 13, 2021

Bill Hetrick, co-founder of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (and big time memorabilia collector!), joins the boys to talk about his massive collection of autographed baseballs, spending time with the likes of Warren Spahn, Vin Scully, Hank Aaron, the New York Mets famed “Million Dollar Outfield” and, of course, those late night trips to IHOP with The Famous San Diego Chicken.

Apr 6, 2021

Ethan Bryan, author of A Year of Playing Catch, joins the boys to talk about being a lifelong fan of (and his encounters with) Hall of Famer George Brett, visiting the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, with his dad and, of course, how a chilly New Year’s Day game of catch led to a 365-day journey across the Midwest and beyond!

Apr 2, 2021

To celebrate the start of the 2021 baseball season, two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy joins the boys to talk about his chances to make the Hall of Fame, the toughest opponents he faced as a big leaguer, catching Phil Niekro’s knuckleball and that time in 1991 when his former skipper Bobby Cox ordered Tom Glavine to hit him with a pitch.

Episode originally aired November 3, 2017.

Apr 1, 2021

To celebrate the start of the 2021 baseball season, 1991 Hall of Fame inductee Fergie Jenkins joins the boys to talk about his time playing for the Harlem Globetrotters (and his relationship with one of their legends…the late-Curly Neal), shares his excitement over another Canadian joining him in Cooperstown and recalls that time he gave Madison Bumgarner a lesson in autograph etiquette.

Episode originally aired March 27, 2020.

Mar 31, 2021

To celebrate the start of the 2021 baseball season, should-be Hall of Famer Tommy John joins the boys to talk about his chances at getting into Cooperstown, the injury that nearly ended his career, his relationship with the late-Frank Jobe (and why the legendary doctor is one of the three most influential men in baseball history) and playing alongside Glenn Burke.

Episode originally aired February 28, 2017.

Mar 30, 2021

To celebrate the start of the 2021 baseball season, legendary Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith joins the boys to talk about the 25th anniversary of the popular "Homer at the Bat” episode of “The Simpsons”, where his famous backflip came from, growing up in Southern California with Eddie Murray and the one team he would’ve liked to have played for.

Episode originally aired July 14, 2017.

Mar 29, 2021

To celebrate the start of the 2021 baseball season, 2005 Hall of Fame inductee Wade Boggs joins the boys to talk about his fear of horses, his unlikely friendship with former WWE superstar Curt Hennig (aka Mr. Perfect), that time the wrestler saved his life and, lastly, his relationship with his number one superfan.  

Episode originally aired May 14, 2020.

Mar 9, 2021

Dave Berger, author of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, joins the boys to talk about some of baseball’s most comical and freakish injuries, why left-handed pitchers seem to be the most susceptible and how Trevor Bauer’s bloody drone mishap provided him with the inspiration to write a book.

For an autographed copy of the book…CLICK HERE. Tell Dave your favorite team and he'll throw in a surprise bookmarker!

Mar 2, 2021

Brandon Steiner, founder of Steiner Sports and CollectibleXchange, joins the boys to talk about the current resurgence in the sports memorabilia market, reveals why so many people are buying and selling their collectibles right now, shares some of the favorite pieces from his own collection and teases the upcoming auction of his personal stuff.

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