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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.








Episode 367: Kenneth Gatewood

Renowned watercolorist (and fellow member of the Graig Kreindler Appreciation Society!) Kenneth Gatewood joins the boys to talk about getting his start painting Los Angeles storefronts and billboards, partying with Magic Johnson and Lawrence Taylor, impressing the legendary Muhammad Ali and, yeah, the elephant in the room…those iconic and precious Baby Sports.


Episode 366: Bill LeRoy

Savannah Bananas catcher Bill LeRoy joins the boys to talk about his journey from Dublin, Georgia, to BananaLand, playing alongside and catching World Series champions (and Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee!), his excitement for the upcoming Banana Ball World Tour and reveals what he knows (and doesn’t know) about “the book”.


Episode 365: John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald, founder of the Irish American Baseball Society, joins the boys to talk about how the organization came about, shares his vision for the IABS, provides an update on the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and gives an overall education on baseball on the Emerald Isle.


Episode 364: Abby Lampe

2022 women’s cheese rolling world champion Abby Lampe joins the boys to talk about how she went from NC State to historic Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, England, for the annual Cheese Rolling Championship, how she got interested in the sport, her training regimen and whether or not she’d do it again. Buy the exclusive 2022 Abby Lampe Cheese Rolling Champion t-shirt!


Episode 363: Josh Rawitch

Fresh on the heels of announcing the results of the 2023 BBWAA election, Hall of Fame president Josh Rawitch joins the boys to talk about the pending inductions of Fred McGriff and (fellow Hoosier!) Scott Rolen, details what day-to-day life in Cooperstown is like, shares some of the mail he receives and looks ahead to the Savannah Bananas coming to town.


Episode 362: Jay Jaffe

Jay Jaffe, author of The Cooperstown Casebook and senior writer at FanGraphs, joins the boys (for the fifth time!) to break down the 2023 Hall of Fame ballot, explains why Scott Rolen WASN’T a no-brainer to be elected, discusses the (notso) curious case of Omar Vizquel, reveals his next “cause” and looks ahead to the Class of 2024 and beyond!


Episode 361: Tom Rinaldi

Award-winning reporter Tom Rinaldi joins the boys to talk about documenting the life (and death) of Lyman Bostock via his podcast “Wesley”, telling the crazy life story of wrestling legend Ric Flair and that insane ten-day stretch back in November when he covered the World Cup, NFL and college football’s biggest rivalry for FOX Sports.


Rewind: Mick Foley

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the night (January 18, 1998) he showed up in the Royal Rumble THREE TIMES...hardcore wrestling legend and New York Times bestselling author Mick Foley joins the boys to talk about his lifelong love affair with the New York Yankees, that time he met his idol Thurman Munson, going from the WiffleBall diamond to becoming a professional wrestling Hall of Famer and picks which players from his childhood best mirror the iconic “Three Faces of Foley”. Episode...


Episode 360: T. Sean Shannon

T. Sean Shannon, creator of Baseball Card Theater (and SNL’s Bear City!), joins the boys to talk about his lifelong obsession with bear suits and Boog Powell, hanging out with the legendary Fred Willard, one of the nicest hosts he worked with while with “Saturday Night Live” and that time he chatted up Neil Young.


Episode 359: Kenny Hillyard

Fred McGriff supercollector Kenny Hillyard joins the boys to talk about how a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan, born and raised in Texas, amasses a collection of more than 47,000 items dedicated to the “Crime Dog” (and the time it was stolen), shares what “Mrs. McGriff Collector” thinks of his obsession and whether or not they’ll be in Cooperstown this July to see Fred get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Rewind: Phil Hecken

To celebrate being the most listened to episode of 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 and shares his least favorite thing about close friend Graig Kreindler. Episode originally aired February 15, 2022.


Rewind: Steve Christmas

Just in time for Christmas, St. Nick's favorite former Major Leaguer, Steve Christmas, joins the boys to talk about living with such a festive last name, playing behind Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk, how Tom Seaver got him traded and sharing a locker next to another future Hall of Famer...Lee Smith. Episode originally aired December 22, 2017.


Episode 358: Jay Caldwell and Graig Kreindler

Jay Caldwell and Graig Kreindler, author and artist behind Black Baseball in Livng Color, join the boys to talk about what prompted them to team up again and why they chose the stories they did to best represent the history of the Negro Leagues, share an update on Jay’s awesome collection and…more listener questions for Graig!


Episode 357: Rick Vaughn

Author and former Major League Baseball executive Rick Vaughn joins the boys to talk about his new book, 100 Years of Baseball on St. Petersburg’s Waterfront, the fabled history of Al Lang Stadium (including who brought the biggest crowd to the park), Babe Ruth’s connection to Florida’s Gulf coast, the sad history of Boardwalk and Baseball and, of course, an update on the infamous F*ckFace bat.


Episode 356: Bobby Lashley

WWE superstar Bobby Lashley joins the boys to preview Survivor Series WarGames, the importance of good entrance music, growing up a Kansas City Royals fan, that time he called out Marcus Stroman on Twitter and how long the pitcher could last in the ring with him.


Episode 355: Vanessa Ivy Rose

Vanessa Ivy Rose, granddaughter of Negro Leagues legend (and five-time Hall of Famer) Turkey Stearnes, joins the boys to share some of her favorite stories of her grandfather, her efforts to preserve his legacy, how he got his unique nickname and what his family call him.


Episode 354: Lutha Davis

Just in time to celebrate her brother Glenn’s 70 birthday, Lutha Davis joins the boys to talk about Burke family traditions, being part of Pride Night at Dodgers Stadium, celebrating Dusty Baker’s recent World Series win and what we can do to keep her brother’s legacy alive.


Episode 353: Lindsay Imber

Former Los Angeles Dodgers (and current Anaheim Ducks) organist Lindsay Imber joins the boys to talk about how she got her start in music, the difference between working baseball and hockey games, who she patterns her style after, her side gig critiquing umpires and whether or not Angel Hernandez is as bad as everyone thinks.


Episode 352: Bernie Williams

Four-time World Series champion (and Grammy-nominated musician) Bernie Williams joins the boys to talk about whether he considers himself a baseball player who plays guitar or a guitar player who played baseball, that time he surprised Derek Jeter and what he’s doing to bring awareness to interstitial lung disease. For more information on ILD, please visit


Episode 351: Jeff Pearlman

For the fifth time, New York Times bestselling author Jeff Pearlman joins the boys to talk about his new book, The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson, how the pandemic changed the writing process (and whether or not two-sport star offered any assistance), the stories that didn’t make the cut and, of course, Tecmo Bowl.