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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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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 Famer 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.

Jan 4, 2022

Marilyn Hetrick and daughter Elizabeth Ronie join the boys to celebrate the indelible life of supercollector (and all-around awesome dude) Bill Hetrick.

Please consider making a donation in Bill's name to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum, the Negro League Baseball Museum or the Holy Savior Catholic Church Building Fund

As an added bonus, we remember the time Bill, co-founder of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, joined 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.

Episode originally aired April 12, 2021.

Dec 28, 2021

Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, joins the boys for the seventh time to talk about the recent announcement that his friend Buck O’Neil is (finally!) going to be a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, what he’s going to wear to the induction ceremony, whether or not he’ll be the one to speak for Buck and, of course, looks ahead to 2022.

Dec 21, 2021

16-time Gold Glove Award winner (and 2015 Hall of Very Good inductee) Jim Kaat joins the boys to talk about his 60-plus years in baseball, reflects on his Hall of Fame chances, shares why he started Twitter (and who, from his era, would be a great follow), describes golfing in New Zealand and, naturally, gives Lou some links advice.

Episode originally aired June 30, 2017

Dec 14, 2021

Daniel Jacob Horine, the creative mind behind Pop Fly Pop Shop, talks to the boys about the inspiration and process behind his unique mix of the baseball world and comic books, shares his relationship with Dale Murphy, explains the mystique behind “The Mad Hungarian” Al Hrabosky, explains how baseball is the world’s longest-running soap opera and gives his thoughts on what’s currently going on in the Marvel cinematic universe.

Dec 7, 2021

Richard Davis, the owner of the world’s biggest Wade Boggs collection, joins the boys to talk about how a Christmas morning gift of a 1983 Donruss rookie card kicked off a lifelong obsession, shares his favorite “oddball” items from the Boggs Tavern and what do you get the guy who has everything? Turns out, The Boggsfather has a few suggestions.

Nov 30, 2021

John Owens and Dr. David Fletcher, authors of Chili Dog MVP, join the boys to talk about the new book, their individual relationships with should-be Hall of Famer Dick Allen, his chances at making it to Cooperstown, the story behind the slugger's “chili dog” game and the similarities between that 1972 Chicago White Sox team and the Bulls second three-peat.

Nov 23, 2021

Businessman and philanthropist Quint Studer joins the boys to talk about his role in saving minor league baseball in Beloit, Wisconsin, his relationship with Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter, explains what a Sky Carp is, why downtown stadiums are the way to go and shares just how close the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are to having legendary broadcaster Bob Costas join them in the broadcast booth.

Nov 16, 2021

Lifelong Baltimore Orioles fans Sam Dingman and Mac Montandon, the team behind “The Rumor” podcast, join the boys to talk about what prompted them to investigate a nearly 25-year-old story involving Cal Ripken Jr., his wife and (you guessed it) Kevin Costner.

Nov 9, 2021

Former Major League Baseball executive Dan Evans once again joins the boys to talk about working for (and alongside) Hall of Famer Frank Thomas at the Field of Dreams movie site, gives insight as to how teams are preparing for a potential work stoppage, recalls his friendship with the late-Tom Seaver and shares how his new gig fulfills a promise he made to his mother.

Nov 2, 2021

Gary Portnoy, the Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter of “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”, joins the boys to talk about how he got his start in music, the artists he has worked with, how he ended up with the gig to record the “Cheers” theme (and the various places the song has ended up) and whether or not he drinks for free in Boston.

Oct 26, 2021

Mike Murphy joins the boys to talk about how (and why) his grandma Minnie Lee got started documenting her lifelong love affair with the Cincinnati Reds, that time she missed one of the team’s biggest games of the last 35 years, ending on a high note and, of course, what’s next for Grandma’s Reds Scorebook.

Oct 19, 2021

“Toni Stone” playwright Lydia Diamond joins the boys to talk about her personal connection to the Negro Leagues pioneer and why she chose to tell her story, what it means to have her play back on the stage, writing through her COVID-impose lockdown and, of course, growing up a baseball fan and her crush on former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joaquin Andujar,

Oct 12, 2021

Actor and comedian Samm Levine joins the boys to talk about being a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, being back on the convention circuit, makes the first Reed Johnson mention in the history of the show, goes off on a certain umpire (or two) and helps craft the wonderful new podcast “Let’s Feed Sam(m) Levine”.

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