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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.

The Hall of Very Good


    • Nov 30, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 35m AVG DURATION
    • 353 EPISODES

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    Episode 310: John Owens and Dr. David Fletcher

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 34:06


    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.


    Episode 309: Quint Studer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 39:44


    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.


    Episode 308: Sam Dingman and Mac Montandon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 50:50

    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.

    Episode 307: Dan Evans

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 52:25


    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.


    Episode 306: Gary Portnoy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 36:56

    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.

    Episode 305: Mike Murphy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 28:55


    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.


    Episode 304: Lydia Diamond

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 32:53

    “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,

    Episode 303: Samm Levine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 41:46

    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”.

    Episode 302: Nick Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 41:56


    “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.


    Episode .301: Frank Thomas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 11:05


    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.


    Episode 300: Bob Costas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 30:09


    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.


    Episode 299: Jeff Katz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 30:49

    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.

    Episode 298: Josh Rawitch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 34:21

    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.

    Minisode: September 1, 1971

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 10:27

    "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.  

    Episode 297: Perry Barber

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 48:49

    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.

    Episode 296: Frank Thomas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 8:35


    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.


    Episode 295: Chris Ivy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 36:29

    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.

    Rewind: Field of Dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 28:28

    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.

    Episode 294: Danielle O'Toole

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 36:36

    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.

    Episode 293: Kevin Thomas and Vince Biffle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 18:20

    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.

    Episode 292: Josée Tellier

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 41:29

    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!

    Episode 291: Wally Feresten

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 50:48

    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.

    Episode 290: Kevin Martinez

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 45:46

    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.

    Episode 289: Joe Theismann

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 42:48


    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.


    Episode 288: Bret Saberhagen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 28:17

    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.

    Episode 287: Blake Jamieson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 38:02

    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.

    Episode 286: Joe Tessitore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 8:53

    “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.

    Episode 285: Don Nomura

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 36:39

    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

    Episode 284: Sean Gibson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 40:49

    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.

    Episode 283: Josh Kantor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 35:42

    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.

    Episode 282: Rich Evans and Molly Willcox (Part Two)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 32:05

    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.

    Episode 281: Rich Evans and Molly Willcox (Part One)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 50:03

    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.

    Episode 280: Ross Grimsley (and Special Guest)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 38:15


    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.


    Episode 279: Rob Nelson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 45:17


    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.


    Episode 278: Jason "Heavy J" Schwartz

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 54:42

    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.

    Episode 277: David Fishof

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 29:19

    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”.

    Episode 276: Bill Hetrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 45:54

    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.

    Episode 275: Ethan Bryan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 39:23

    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!

    Rewind: Dale Murphy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 25:27

    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.

    Rewind: Fergie Jenkins

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 13:26

    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.

    Rewind: Tommy John

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 40:15

    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.

    Rewind: Ozzie Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 20:44

    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.

    Rewind: Wade Boggs

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 13:18

    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.

    Episode 274: Dave Berger

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 29:02

    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!

    Episode 273: Brandon Steiner

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 35:54

    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.

    Episode 272: Nate Corddry

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 23:20


    Actor (and lifelong Red Sox fan!) Nate Corddry talks to the boys about the magic of baseball and why it's okay to root for former players of your favorite team, his favorite ballparks to visit, drinking “water beer” at Wrigley Field, hanging out and talking baseball with the great Billy Crystal and trying to convince Yankees fan Aaron Sorkin to change his name on “Studio 60”.


    Episode 271: Lew Temple

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 67:48

    To mark the fifth anniversary of his first appearance on the podcast, onetime minor league scout-turned-actor Lew Temple re-joins the boys to talk about how he's been keeping busy during our “societal pause”, that time he bought (and shared!) a drink with Hank Aaron, his friendship with the man who gave up the former home run champ's record-tying bomb, how the late-Bob Watson inadvertently got him started in Hollywood and led to hanging out with Charlie Sheen and playing catch with a young Matthew McConaughey.

    Episode 270: Matthew Mutton

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 40:30

    Matthew Mutton, host of British Baseball Podcast, joins the boys to talk about why they should be fans of British baseball (and who they should root for!), introduces the world to the Bolton Robots of Doom, explains how he became a fan of American baseball and why he loves the Negro Leagues and the AAGPBL.

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    Episode 269: Andrea Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 41:42

    Andrea Williams, author of Baseball's Leading Lady, joins the boys to talk about her journey of wanting to be Major League Baseball's first female general manager to working alongside Bob Kendrick at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to writing about African-American icons Effa Manley and Charley Pride, what it would take for Hollywood to properly honor their memory and reveals (kinda) what she's working on next.

    Special: Bobblehead Giveaway

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 7:31

    Phil Sklar from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee joins the boys to update them on the status of the museum, talks about the most popular bobbleheads they've created and sold (as well as the money they've raised for first responders battling COVID-19) and offers up a special *FREE* bobblehead offer. #IBOBBLE

    Episode 268: Bob Kendrick

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 40:04

    Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, joins the boys for the sixth time to talk about his relationship with fellow Hall of Very Good class of 2021 inductees Dick Allen and Charley Pride, looks back at the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the museum, looks ahead to 2021 and gives an update on the Nashville Stars.

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