Inductions Celebrate Museum’s 40th Anniversary


Seven former Major League Baseball players are among the eight people to be honored by Nokomis’ Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum during its Induction Day ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 13.

All-stars Kevin Seitzer and Jayson Werth headline the group that is being honored as part of the museum’s 40th anniversary year. Werth’s stepfather, Dennis Werth, is also among the honorees.

Fellow former big leaguers Kevin Koslofski, Ken Oberkfell, Stan Royer and Eric Weaver complete the players’ side of the induction, while long-time sportswriter Dave Kane will also be part of the eight-person class.

Current University of Illinois play-by-play announcer Brian Barnhart is slated to emcee the event, barring a conflict with his duties with the Illini. Dennis Werth, Koslofski, Royer, Weaver and Kane are all scheduled to attend the event.

The induction, which will be held at the St. Louis Parish Center (523 East Union St.) in Nokomis, will begin with a catered meal from Milanos Catering at 6 p.m., followed by a ceremony honoring the new inductees.

The meal includes a menu of chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad, along with dessert and a drink.

Tickets for the event are $25 apiece, but in celebration of the museum’s 40th anniversary, a second ticket is available at a 40 percent discount, putting the cost of two tickets at $40. All tickets purchased after Nov. 1, will cost $25.

Tickets are available by contacting any BRS Museum director or by emailing the museum at Please provide a mailing address and a check or money order with ticket orders.

The BRS Baseball Museum honors approximately 120 people encompassing a 60-mile radius from Nokomis who have contributed significantly to the game of baseball.

Among those are museum namesakes Jim Bottomley, Red Ruffing and Ray Schalk, all members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have ties to either Nokomis itself or Montgomery County.

The museum is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon and other times by appointment. There will be extended hours on the day of the ceremony, both before and after the event.

For more information on the BRS Museum, email them at or find them on Facebook at


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