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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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Oct 5, 2021

“Once Upon a Time in Queens” director Nick Davis joins the boys to talk about growing up a lifelong New York Mets fan, the similarities between their 1986 World Series-winning team and the band Nirvana, who he wishes he could’ve interviewed for his 30 for 30 documentary and, of course, the excitement of showing the world Ed Hearn’s balls.

Sep 28, 2021

Hall of Famer Frank Thomas returns to talk to the boys about what to watch for as we head into the playoffs, why Vlad Jr. might be the story of the year, shares his thoughts on the Field of Dreams game and discovers the bond he shares with Lou.

Sep 21, 2021

To help celebrate the 300th episode of the podcast, legendary broadcaster Bob Costas joins the boys to talk about the three questions he gets asked the most, who he weirdly gets mistaken for, signing autographs as Bob Cutlass, appearing in BASEketball (and Pootie Tang!), that bet he made with Kirby Puckett back in 1986 and, of course, a little baseball.

Sep 14, 2021

For a record eighth time, America’s favorite (former) mayor Jeff Katz joins the boys to talk about almost missing the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction, his favorite moment from the recent ceremony, recalls the most memorable Hall of Fame speech he’s heard and that time John Travolta visited Cooperstown.

Sep 7, 2021

Newly-minted president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Josh Rawitch joins the boys to talk about his recent cross-country roadtrip from Arizona to New York, stopping off in Dyersville, Iowa, for a game of catch (and historic baseball game!) at the Field of Dreams movie site, whether or not he can be blamed for those Diamondbacks uniforms and if he’s ready for those cold Cooperstown winters.

Sep 1, 2021

"I think the thing that surprises me is when September 1st comes around every year...no one really talks about it."

On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded the first starting nine consisting of all Black and Latino players. Bruce Markusen, author of The Team That Changed Baseball, Al Oliver and Manny Sanguillen join the boys to reflect on that historic team.

 

Aug 31, 2021

Longtime umpire Perry Barber re-joins the boys to talk about her lifelong (and prosperous!) love affair with television quiz shows, that time she walked away from Jeopardy! with a year’s supply of Rice-A-Roni and the latest happenings with the International Women’s Baseball Center.

Aug 24, 2021

Prior to heading to Dyersville, Iowa, Frank Thomas joins the boys to talk about his favorite baseball movie of all-time (spoiler alert…it’s NOT “Field of Dreams”), Major League Baseball’s marketing of its current stars and whether or not his former colleague Pete Rose deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Aug 17, 2021

Chris Ivy joins the boys to talk about his position as Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage, tells the story of three of his more profitable pieces (including The Black Swamp Find), shares his “holy grail” item and promotes the recent Willie McCovey collection.

Aug 12, 2021

Just in time for the Chicago White Sox to play host to the New York Yankees at the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site, operations manager Roman Weinberg leads the boys on a tour of the iconic farmhouse from the film, explains the “how” and “why” the land situated on Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa was selected and, ultimately, how it became one of the baseball world's top tourist destinations.

Oh, Roman also tells Shawn and Lou how a random tourist from New York (kinda) led to a $3.4 million payday for the farm’s original owner!

Episode originally aired September 2, 2019.

Aug 10, 2021

Former All-American pitcher Danielle O'Toole joins the boys to talk about representing Mexico during the 2020 Olympics, chasing down Pau Gasol (and running into Yao Ming) while in Tokyo, growing up a fan of the Jackass franchise and how she ultimately ended up getting a role alongside Johnny Knoxville and the gang in their upcoming movie.

Aug 3, 2021

Kevin Thomas and Vince Biffle from the Global Barber Federation join the boys to talk about how they got their start cutting hair, why they approached the Rocket City Trash Pandas with the idea of putting a barbershop in Toyota Field (and why more teams should) and, of course, what athlete needs their help the most.

Jul 27, 2021

Baseball artist and illustrator Josée Tellier joins the boys to talk about her recent involvement (and victory!) in the Josh Gibson Card Art Tournament, lists her favorite Montréal Expos of all-time, expresses her hatred of the Washington Nationals and, of course, shares some secrets of the city that never sleeps…Sherbrooke, Quebec!

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.

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