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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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Jun 29, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", Chris Bolan, the director of “A Secret Love”, joins the boys to talk about how he got the inspiration to record the lives of his great-aunt (former AAGPBL catcher Terry Donahue) and her longtime girlfriend for his Netflix documentary, the unlikely place he found most of the archival footage and pictures he’d end up using, the response he’s received from the LGBTQ community and, most importantly, gives an update on the fantastic Pat Henschel.

This episode originally aired May 18, 2020.

Jun 28, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", filmmaker Kelly Candaele joins the boys to talk about his mother, former AAGPBL player Helen Callaghan, how his PBS documentary about the professional women's baseball league led to a call from Penny Marshall’s “people” and shares his thoughts on the upcoming Amazon series.

This episode originally aired December 1, 2020.

 

Jun 27, 2022

To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of "A League of Their Own", 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.

Jun 21, 2022

"Facing Nolan" director Bradley Jackson joins the boys to talk about landing his dream gig, working with (and the praise he received from) the Ryan family, shares his favorite interviews and the interview he wishes he would have secured and, naturally, what was left on the proverbial cutting room floor.

Jun 14, 2022
Anonymous card artist PardeeStreetBetts joins the boys to talk about his love of Topps Project 70 baseball cards (and, in particular, that certain Mookie Betts card), whether or not he has heard from either Topps or Alex Pardee and, naturally, why he does what he does…and does his spouse approve.
Jun 7, 2022

Umpire-turned-author Dale Scott joins the boys to talk about his new book The Umpire is Out, shares the original (and rejected!) title and who would play him in a movie version, recalls the strangest questions he’s been asked while promoting his book and recalls that time he received a death threat for simply doing his job. SPOILER ALERT…it possibly (probably?) involves Billy Martin.

May 31, 2022

Andre Gaines, director of “After Jackie”, joins the boys to talk about his upcoming documentary and how he got involved, separates the Jackie Robinson fact from Jackie Robinson fiction, makes the Hall of Fame case for Bill White and explains how the efforts of the late-Curt Flood directly led to LeBron James making his historic “decision”.

May 10, 2022
Meat Puppets drummer Derrick Bostrom joins the boys to talk about why baseball is the best sport, fondly remembers those early-to-mid-80s New York Mets (and that time he put his father in his place during the 1986 World Series!) and politely listens to Shawn go on and on about traveling uphill both ways through an ice storm to see him perform.
May 3, 2022
Matthew Mutton, host of British Baseball Podcast, joins the boys to talk about his favorite Topps Project70 artists, the difficulties of collecting baseball cards outside of the United States, why he collects what he collects and what does and doesn’t belong in his Beindler.
Apr 19, 2022

Just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut, author and baseball historian Ralph Carhart joins the boys to talk about 42’s best (and worst) big screen portrayals, shares what it was like to interview Jackie’s daughter Sharon and, along with Lou, becomes a voluntary spokesperson for the Ireland Board of Tourism.

Check out the new SABR book Not an Easy Tale to Tell: Jackie Robinson on the Page, Stage, and Screen!

Apr 12, 2022

Former Rockford Peach Shirley Burkovich passed away March 31, 2022.

In November 2019, “Hustle” joined 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”.

Episode originally aired November 19, 2019.

Apr 5, 2022

Lutha Davis, sister of the late-Glenn Burke, joins the boys to talk about growing up in a house full of athletes, the excitement of her brother being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972, Glenn’s struggles as an openly gay man playing professional baseball and the legacy he left behind following his death in 1995.

Mar 30, 2022

On the eve of WrestleMania 23, Wade Boggs inducted his friend Curt Hennig into the WWE Hall of Fame, but did you know that if it wasn't for Mr. Perfect, the Chicken Man's own Hall of Fame career might have been over?

To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Mar 22, 2022
Former Chicago White Sox batboy Jim Riley joins the boys to talk about his time working for the team (and how he got the gig), whether or not that’s him in that iconic Sports Illustrated cover with Dick Allen and what it was like working alongside Allen, Bill Melton and Jim Kaat.
Mar 15, 2022

Holy Hilgendorf! Matt Edwards, proprietor of The Relief Room, joins the boys to talk about how his dad unknowingly inspired him to turn his first floor powder room into a shrine to Philadelphia Phillies relievers, shares the one piece that would complete his museum, explains how he ended up spending his birthday in his bathroom with 2008 World Series champion Scott Eyre and reveals his fool-proof method of sneaking booze into the ballpark.

Mar 8, 2022

Kevin Millar, co-host of “Intentional Talk” and 2004 World Series champion joins the boys to talk about Rally Karaoke Guy, losing Josh Booty’s World Series ring, that time he was part of a certain team that came back from an 0-3 deficit, golfing with Alfonso Ribeiro and the upcoming ClubCorp Classic.

Mar 1, 2022

New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman joins the boys to talk about the new HBO series “Winning Time” and his super important role as a Hollywood insider, discusses the best and worst sports movies and previews his upcoming book on Bo Jackson.

Feb 22, 2022

Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage, joins the boys to talk about the company’s upcoming auction and what’s hot right now in the memorabilia world, explains the art of photo matching, shares which item he wishes would cross his desk and recalls how his favorite baseball memory led him to his current career.

Feb 15, 2022

Phil Hecken, deputy editor of Uni Watch, takes a break from “throwing stones” to join the boys for an "agenda-free" episode of the podcast, answers listener tweets, explains why 125 Grateful Dead shows isn’t too many, gives his thoughts on the Washington Commanders new uniforms and shares his least favorite thing about close friend Graig Kreindler.

Feb 13, 2022

Highland Park high school football coach Randy Allen joins the boys prior to SuperBowl LVI to talk about his relationship with two of his former players, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw, what they’re doing to give back to the community, could Matthew have played professional baseball and how he’s keeping the legacy of former longtime Cowboys coach Tom Landry alive on the sidelines there in Dallas.

Feb 8, 2022

Ryan Fagan, senior MLB writer for The Sporting News, joins the boys to talk about his obsession with junk wax and the origin of his “Pack of the Day” series, using his Hall of Fame vote to keep certain players on the ballot, the future of closers making their way to Cooperstown and that time Lou (and a baseball autographed by Jim Gantner) inspired an article.

Feb 1, 2022

Author K.P. Wee joins the boys to talk about his book “The Case of Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame”, why he wasn’t surprised by the 2022 Hall of Fame election, whether or not Bonds was really the bad guy people think he is and what is it about random players like Tom Candiotti and John Cangelosi that he appreciates.

Jan 25, 2022

Professional wrestler Colt Cabana joins the boys to talk about his podcast “Wrestling Anonymous”, that time he went to (not really...but kind of?) a Cosby Sweater Convention, how and why he became Chicago’s biggest Kirby Puckett fan, getting stiffed by Hank Aaron and witnessing Wade Boggs going toe to toe with wrestler Balls Mahoney.

Jan 18, 2022

Jay Jaffe, author of The Cooperstown Casebook and senior writer at FanGraphs, returns to talk to the boys about the 2022 Hall of Fame class and what future candidates he’s looking forward to covering the most, what we can expect for pitchers (and relievers) on future ballots, who he thinks might be the next unanimous Hall of Fame and unwittingly names Shawn’s favorite prog rock album.

Jan 11, 2022

Painter extraordinaire Graig Kreindler returns to talk to the boys for an "agenda-free" episode of the podcast, answers listener tweets, breakdown Toto's greatest hit(s) and, of course, share what would be in his Beindler...if you had one.

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