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The Hall of Very Good Podcast

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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.

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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.

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@HOVG

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English

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Episodes
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Episode 420: Ngaio Bealum

5/13/2024
Fresh off his European vacation, The Dank Diplomat, comedian Ngaio Bealum, returns to celebrate Episode 420 with the boys, shares his favorite ballpark food, the best Major League city to get high in (and the player he’d most like to get high with), playing golf with Bobby Bonds and accidentally brings back The PsyPhy Original Podcast.

Duration:00:48:26

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Episode 419: Jim Sundberg

5/7/2024
1985 World Series champion and (should-be) eight-time Gold Glove Award winner Jim Sundberg joins the boys to talk about his journey from tiny Galesburg, Illinois, to the Texas Rangers, what likely cursed the Brewers prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, being part of the longest game in Major League Baseball history, playing “peacemaker” after Andre Dawson took a fastball to the face and his unlikely friendship with Hall of Famer Bill Dickey.

Duration:00:56:41

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Episode 418: Geoff Schumacher

4/29/2024
Geoff Schumacher joins the boys to talk about his personal interest in the seedy Las Vegas underbelly, the history of The Mob Museum, why we’re all still enamored by the 1919 Black Sox scandal, whether or not he’s excited about baseball (seemingly) heading to Sin City and shares the story of everyone’s favorite mass murder…the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre!

Duration:00:41:13

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Episode 417: Ben Christensen

4/22/2024
Ben Christensen, Community Engagement Manager for Hat Club, joins the boys to talk about the benefits of being a Hat Club member, his own involvement with the company, a lifelong obsession with headwear and why he’s the perfect person to rep the brand, how he chooses his eclectic hat and jersey combos and the good and bad (it’s mostly bad) of the current Major League laundry.

Duration:00:54:38

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Minisode: Killing Mr. Met

4/15/2024
The day was April 15, 1997 and, apparently, all Hell was about to break loose at Major League Baseball's inaugural Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Shea Stadium. “We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen" is what the Secret Service told Mr. Met, the New York Mets beloved mascot. Did the Secret Service REALLY want to kill Mr. Met...and why? To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Duration:00:08:02

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Minisode: Killing Mr. Met

4/15/2024
The day was April 15, 1997 and, apparently, all Hell was about to break loose at Major League Baseball's inaugural Jackie Robinson Day celebration at Shea Stadium. “We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen" is what the Secret Service told Mr. Met, the New York Mets beloved mascot. Did the Secret Service REALLY want to kill Mr. Met...and why? To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Duration:00:08:00

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Episode 416: Jonathan Knight

4/9/2024
Just in time to celebrate the 35th anniversary of "Major League” (and the 30th anniversary of “Major League 2”!), author Jonathan Knight returns to talk to the boys about the best and worst baseball movies, the lasting legacy of the “Major League” franchise, why Milwaukee was chosen to play host to the 1989 film and, for some reason, the weird coincidences surrounding the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln and their connection with showbiz siblings.

Duration:01:14:04

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Minisode: Hank Aaron Hits Number 715

4/8/2024
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron sent an Al Downing pitch over the left field wall for his 715th home run. Waiting for him at third base...Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Ron Cey. Was "the Penguin" secretly hoping Hank would go yard? How would he react the next time he encountered the new home run king? To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.

Duration:00:05:58

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Episode 415: Brad Balukjian

4/1/2024
Brad Balukjian, author of The Six Pack, returns to talk to the boys about how many miles he traveled to write his latest book compared to the last one, promoting the thing now versus during a pandemic, whether or not it’s too early to plan his next project, re-connecting with The Iron Sheik (and getting closure) and Shawn and Lou become the charter members of The Brad Pack!

Duration:00:46:44

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Episode 414: Gerald Watkins

3/25/2024
Friends of Rickwood executive director Gerald Watkins joins the boys to talk about the history of "America's Oldest Baseball Park" (and what it takes to keep it as historically accurate as possible), getting the attention of MLB and convincing them to bring a regular season game to the field and how the greatest basketball player of all-time helped energize baseball in Birmingham, Alabama.

Duration:00:37:28

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Episode 413: Mark Braff

3/18/2024
Author Mark Braff joins the boys to talk about the idea behind his new book, Sons of Baseball, the role COVID played in getting it published, tracking down the men he talked to (and who he was hoping to get), securing Cal Ripken Jr. and how the promise of new sod got Roger Maris to return to Yankee Stadium.

Duration:00:38:04

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Episode 412: Jennifer McKenney

3/5/2024
Autograph enthusiast Jennifer McKenney joins the boys to talk about why (and when) collecting baseballs signed by anyone who ever wore a Tampa Bay Rays uniform became a family endeavor, the players that were the best (and worst!) to deal with, how you begin to store and document such a large collection and whether or not Kevin Cash is really the best man for the job in St. Pete.

Duration:00:46:00

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Episode 411: Rafi Kohan

2/27/2024
In addition to helping Lou pick a fight, author Rafi Kohan joins the boys to talk about his new book about trash talking, the history of and psychology behind “the language of competition”, the different types of trash talking, how former All-Pro linebacker Bryan Cox used to hype himself up and introduces the world to the curious antics of Shep Messing. Also, is Donald Trump actually good at talking smack?

Duration:00:54:48

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Episode 410: Robert Wuhl

2/20/2024
Just in time to celebrate the 35th anniversary of "Batman", award-winning actor and writer Robert Wuhl returns to talk to the boys about working with Tim Burton, carpooling with Jack Nicholson, (definitely not) stealing items from the set, re-visits commissioner Rob Manfred’s rule changes and does a deep dive previewing the 2024 baseball season.

Duration:01:00:27

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Episode 409: Timothy Jenkins

2/13/2024
Longtime Seattle sports supercollector Timothy Jenkins joins the boys to talk about his lifelong obsession with the Pilots, explains how and when he got interesting in collecting, shares some of his favorite (and unique) items, whether or not Bud Selig merch is allowed in his home, recalls quizzing his all-time favorite baseball player and reveals just how many autographed Hall of Fame baseballs he has.

Duration:00:41:43

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Episode 408: Lloyd Kaufman

2/5/2024
Legendary director/producer Lloyd Kaufman joins the boys to talk about collecting baseball cards and how they likely made him root for the Cincinnati Reds, hanging out with Oliver Stone and George W. Bush at Yale (true story), how he got into film, founding Troma and keeping up with protégés James Gunn and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Subscribe to Troma NOW!

Duration:00:50:29

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Episode 407: Michael Kremer

1/30/2024
Michael Kremer, volunteer director of the San Quentin baseball program, joins the boys to talk about how he got involved coaching baseball at one of America’s most notorious prisons (and what people think when he tells them what he does), the history of baseball at San Quentin, the diversity and skill level of the players, celebrity sightings, whether or not and scouts have shown up and that one inmate who almost went pro. You can make a donation to the San Quentin Baseball Program HERE.

Duration:00:34:45

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Episode 406: Penelope Spheeris

1/23/2024
Director and screenwriter Penelope Spheeris joins the boys to talk about her special friendship with the late-Tommy Lasorda Jr, her relationship with “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, the iconic film she turned down, how Donald Trump ended up in one of her movies, breaking David Spade’s “comedy balls” and, of course, “Wayne’s World”.

Duration:00:38:35

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Episode 405: Jay Jaffe

1/15/2024
Just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of JAWS, author of The Cooperstown Casebook and senior writer at FanGraphs, Jay Jaffe joins the boys (for the sixth time!) to break down his 2024 Hall of Fame ballot, predicts who will be joining Jim Leyland in Cooperstown this July, wonders whether or not Chase Utley’s plaque will include his soul patch when he ultimately gets to 75% and reveals the player that he can’t wait to NOT vote for.

Duration:00:42:48

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Episode 404: Dirty Dango

1/9/2024
TNA wrestling star Dirty Dango joins the boys to preview this year’s Hard to Kill pay-per-view, growing up a Boston Red Sox fan, his family history making bats (and syrup!), that time his grandpa played against the famed Kansas City Monarchs, debuting at WrestleMania and whether or not it was more or less nerve wracking than throwing out the first pitch prior to a Tampa Bay Rays game.

Duration:00:22:03