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The Hall of Very Good Podcast
32 minutes | 10 hours ago
Episode 260: Kelly Candaele
Documentary filmmaker Kelly Candaele joins the boys to talk about his mother, former AAGPBL player Helen Callaghan, and how his PBS documentary about the professional women's baseball league led to a call from Penny Marshall’s “people”, whether or not we could see a sequel to “A League of Their Own” and his thoughts on the upcoming Amazon series.
30 minutes | 3 days ago
Episode 259: J-L Cauvin
Stand-up comedian and Donald Trump impersonator J-L Cauvin joins the boys to talk about one of his greatest accomplishments (spoiler alert: it involves a pair of middle fingers and a group of high school cheerleaders), shares his all-time favorite New York Yankees players, reveals why he hates Derek Jeter so much and, for some reason, recalls that time he was offered free Rich Little tickets...and explains why he didn't take them.
56 minutes | 14 days ago
Episode 258: Greg Harris
Fresh off the 2020 induction ceremony, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Greg Harris joins the boys to talk about his personal journey from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shares the similarities (and, of course, the differences) between the two museums and their induction ceremonies, reveals his favorite piece in each museum and reveals the baseball player he’d like to see get his due.
30 minutes | 21 days ago
Episode 257: John Hirschbeck
Former umpire John Hirschbeck joins the boys to talk about his lengthy big league career (including his most memorable games and run-ins with managers and players), the reason he got into the profession, that night in Mexico that led to him meeting his wife and how they’re now honoring the legacy of their late son through The Magic of Michael Foundation.
51 minutes | a month ago
Episode 256: Todd Radom
The Toddfather, Todd Radom, joins the boys to talk about the recent loss of several baseball Hall of Famers and the uniforms they were least known for wearing, Lou Brock’s unique headwear, that time he saw the entire Boston Red Sox team hop into the stands at Yankee Stadium, whether or not Major League Baseball should bring back 1999’s Turn Ahead the Clock jerseys and, of course, his new book…Fabric of the Game.
28 minutes | a month ago
Episode 255: Tea Krulos
Author and American Ghost Walks tour guide Tea Krulos joins the boys to talk about the haunted history (including that of countless baseball players) of The Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, whether or not Jeffrey Dahmer is still terrorizing Cream City, why Milwaukee City Hall once became the hot spot for those looking to commit suicide and, of course, his new book American Madness.
57 minutes | a month ago
Episode 254: Stu Stone
Actor and director Stu Stone joins the boys to talk about his new film “Faking a Murderer”, shares the response to his previous opus “Jack of All Trades”, the effect it had on his family and the rise in popularity of Foul Ball Paul, drops far too many late-80s/early-90s baseball names and educates everyone on the sordid past of former outfielder Mel Hall.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 253: Al Oliver
Should-be Hall of Famer Al “Scoop” Oliver joins the boy to talk about how he would’ve handled playing during the coronavirus pandemic and why being a “creature of habit” could’ve helped him out, playing for the history-making 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and who his closest teammates were, the toughest pitchers he faced during his career and, of course, his new book.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 252: Jeff Pearlman
Jeff Pearlman, the self-proclaimed “Jewish Michael Lewis”, joins the boys to talk about that time he and Jesse Orosco ran over a cat, why he chose the Los Angeles Lakers as the subject of his latest book (Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty), reveals the subject of his next book and explains why it isn’t about who it should have been about and what the somebody is not Matisyahu.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 251: Manuel Oliver
Manuel Oliver, founder of Change the Ref, joins the boys to talk about how even though he lost his son (and best friend) Joaquin on February 14, 2018, he’s made it to at least 15 Major League Baseball parks this summer, where the CTR name came from, what it stands for and why we all should just f**king vote on November 3.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 250: Graig Kreindler and Jay Caldwell
Graig Kreindler and Jay Caldwell, the men behind the Black Baseball in Living Color exhibit, talk to the boys about what it took to get 230 paintings from Graig’s New York studio to the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City Museum and getting namechecked by rap icon Chuck D, talk at length about Jay’s awesome memorabilia collection and reveal how you can win a set of the limited edition Negro Leagues Legends baseball cards.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 249: Mick Foley
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”.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 248: Connie Amarel
Plaid jacket winner Connie Amarel talks to the boys about going from underdog to favorite on “Holey Moley 2”, shares the behind-the-scenes secrets of the popular ABC gameshow and how a decadeslong obsession, er, admiration of Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley helped lead her to becoming the Oakland A’s (un)official “cookie lady”.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 247: Bruce Markusen
Bruce Markusen, manager of digital and outreach learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, joins the boys to talk about staying busy and keeping the museum relevant during the coronavirus pandemic, how his two favorite exhibits tie in nicely to his book about the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, that historic day Bucs skipper Danny Murtaugh put an all-black lineup on field and whether or not we might see another player (or two) from that World Series team enshrined in Cooperstown.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 246: Rachael Penman
Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, joins the boys to talk about what people can expect when they visit the 25,000 square foot museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, shares some of the most popular exhibits (i.e. Ted Bundy’s VW, OJ Simpson’s White Bronco and the 9/11 gallery) and tells the story of a painting by John Wayne Gacy that features the signatures of close to fifty baseball Hall of Famers and former president Richard Nixon as well as a baseball signed by Charles Manson and Juan Corona.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 245: Jeff Katz
America’s favorite (former) mayor Jeff Katz joins the boys for a record seventh time to talk about what Cooperstown has been up to following the cancellation of Induction Weekend 2020, looks ahead at the Class of 2021, explains why he thinks Alex Rodriguez is the most underrated player of the lasts quarter-century and, for some reason, unironically drops a Randy Velarde reference.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
Minisode: Dave Dravecky’s Final Pitch
On August 10, 1989, Dave Dravecky came back from cancer to re-join the San Francisco Giants. Five days later…it was all over. Now, more than thirty years after that tragic last pitch, a random fan letter and a chance poolside encounter have completed Dravecky's story...and it is nothing short of magical. To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 244: Frank White
Eight-time Gold Glove winner and 1985 World Series champion Frank White joins the boys to talk about playing for his hometown Kansas City Royals for eighteen years, his side job building Kauffman Stadium (true story!), why players from his era aren’t getting their just due, how he’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and, lastly, his current career as an elected official.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 243: Josh Caray
Third generation broadcaster Josh Caray joins the boys to talk about sharing the booth with his father Skip and grandfather Harry, who does the best impression of his late-Hall of Fame grandfather and, of course, his new gig as the voice of the record-shattering Rocket City Trash Pandas.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 242: Micky Dolenz
Micky Dolenz from The Monkees joins the boys to talk about his new gig with Wizard World, learning how to play golf alongside Alice Cooper, explains the origin of The Hollywood Vampires and helps Lou earn some major points with his mother-in-law.
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