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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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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.

May 26, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Jon Pessah joins the boys to talk about his new book Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask and the personal reasons he chose to write about the Hall of Famer, whether or not the catcher should be considered one of the faces on a New York Yankees Mount Rushmore, recalls that crazy 1998 home run chase and whether or not some of baseball’s suspected steroid users deserve a place in Cooperstown.

May 21, 2020

Mark Malkoff, the host of “The Carson Podcast”, joins the boys to talk about growing up going to Chicago Cubs games, Johnny Carson’s relationship to Milwaukee Brewers legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker, hanging out at Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s New York apartment and shares the one guest he’d love to have on his podcast.

May 18, 2020

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 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, the heartbreak of not premiering at SXSW and, most importantly, gives an update on the fantastic Pat Henschel.

May 14, 2020

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.  

May 11, 2020

Former Major Leaguer Kurt Bevacqua joins the boys to talk about the eclectic and mustachioed cast of characters (including the late-Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn!) he played with on the 1984 National League champion San Diego Padres, fondly remembers, for some reason, his favorite boot shop in Texas, dishes on Bruce Bochy’s hat size and, lastly, shares his thoughts on what effect baseball current work stoppage will have on the game.

May 7, 2020

Entrepreneur and owner of multiple minor league teams Gary Green joins the boys to talk about his recent donation of more than 45,000 medical masks to the Omaha community, whether or not he thinks Major League Baseball’s plan to contract 42 minor league teams will actually happen, that time he flew cross country just to meet Warren Buffett (and ended up buying a baseball team!) and some of his favorite New York Mets memories.

May 4, 2020

April Matthis, the star of the off-Broadway play “Toni Stone” joins the boys to talk about how she prepared to take on the role of one of the legendary Negro Leagues player and what it meant to her and her family personally, shares what it was like hanging out with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president (and good friend of the podcast) Bob Kendrick in Kansas City, offers up what she knows about whether or not a Toni Stone movie could be in the works and, yeah, dishes on that recent Drama Desk Award nomination she received.

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