The Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum will be holding its 2021 Induction Day ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 13, in conjunction with the museum’s 40th anniversary.
Plans for the event include a meal at the St. Louis Parish Center in Nokomis, followed by an induction ceremony of this year’s inductees. University of Illinois play-by-play announcer Brian Barnhart is slated to emcee the event, as long as his basketball schedule permits.
Over the last few months, the BRS Museum has rolled out the eight honorees to be honored in November in the museum newsletter, The Bullpen.
In February, Eric Weaver, Kevin Seitzer, Kevin Koslofski and Dave Kane were announced. Weaver, an Illiopolis grad, pitched for three seasons in the major leagues, while Seitzer played Lincoln High School and Eastern Illinois University before going on to play for Kansas City, Milwaukee, Oakland and Cleveland in a 10-year career as a major league player. He is currently the Atlanta Braves hitting coach.
Koslofski graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School and played for Kansas City and Milwaukee between 1992 and 1996. Kane’s contributions to the game came off the field, as a sports reporter for The State Journal-Register in Springfield.
In April, two former St. Louis Cardinals, Ken Oberkfell and Stan Royer, were added to the list. A Collinsville High School grad, Oberkfell had a 16-year major league career, with stops in Atlanta, Pittsburg, San Francisco, Houston and California (Angels) in addition to his seven years with the Cardinals.
Royer attended Charleston High School and Eastern Illinois University and played for the Cardinals and Boston Redsox from 1991 to 1994. He started his career in the Oakland minor league system and was traded to the Cardinals, along with Felix Jose and a minor leaguer, for Willie McGee.
In June, the final two inductees were announced, Dennis Werth and his stepson, Jayson Werth, both former major leaguers.
Dennis Werth grew up in Lincoln and played for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals between 1979 and 1982. He is also the brother-in-law of former major leaguer and 2011 BRS inductee Dick Schofield.
Jayson Werth played in the major leagues from 2002 through 2017 after being drafted out of Glenwood High School by the Baltimore Orioles as the 22nd pick in the first round. He was part of the Phillies’ World Series win in 2008 and was an all-star in 2009. In 2018, Werth’s name was added to the Ring of Honor at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. and is regarded as the first person to be inducted into the Ring of Honor, which includes players from the Homestead Grays, Montreal Expos and Washington Senators, based specifically on his career with the Nationals.
More information on the Induction Day ceremony will be available in the near future. For updates, follow the BRS Museum on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BRSBBMUSEUM), Twitter (@BRSBBMuseum) and at www.brsmuseum.org.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and other times by appointment.