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B-R-S Baseball Museum
This is dedicated to the "boys of
summer" and features memorabilia
from three Hall of Fame baseball
players from the Nokomis area,
"Sunny" Jim Bottomley, Charles "Red"
Ruffing and Ray Schalk.
James Leroy Bottomley

Born: April 23, 1900, Oglesby, Illinois
Died: December 11, 1959, St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: left
Threw: left
Played for: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns
Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1974

Jim Bottomley earned Frankie Frisch's praise as "the best clutch
hitter I ever saw." The graceful first baseman with the sunny
disposition drove in 100 or more runs six years in a row, leading
the National League twice. He set a major league record with 12
RBI in a single game, when he went 6-for-6 on September 16,
1924, with two homers and a double against Brooklyn. He was
the National League MVP in 1928.

Did you know ... that in 1936, Jim Bottomley set the single-season
record for most unassisted double plays by a first baseman with
eight?
Charles Herbert Ruffing

Born: May 3, 1905, Granville, Illinois
Died: February 17, 1986, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Batted: right
Threw: right
Played for: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago White
Sox
Elected to Hall of Fame by BBWAA: 1967
266 votes of 306 ballots cast: 86.93%

Red Ruffing overcame adversity to achieve pitching stardom. As a
youngster he lost four toes on his left foot in a mine accident, which
hastened a transition from the outfield to the mound. After suffering
through a 39-96 mark with the Red Sox, his career blossomed
when he was traded to the Yankees in 1930. An instrumental part
of seven pennant winners, Ruffing won seven of nine World Series
decisions. His 273 career victories include a four-year stretch
(1936 to 1939) when he won at least 20 games per season.

Did you know ... that Red Ruffing led the 1935 Yankees in both
wins (16) and batting average (.330), outpacing future Hall of
Fame hitting greats Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey and
Earle Combs?
Raymond William Schalk

Born: August 12, 1892, Harvel, Illinois
Died: May 19, 1970, Chicago, Illinois
Batted: right
Threw: right
Played for: Chicago White Sox, New York Giants
Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1955

A symbol of toughness and durability, diminutive Ray Schalk was
among the first players to consistently catch 100 games per
season. A defensive star, he led the league in fielding percentage
eight times and putouts nine times. He was also a superb handler
of pitchers, and the first to catch four no-hit games. Schalk was
one of the swiftest catchers in history, stealing 30 bases in 1916
and 24 in 1914.

Did you know ... that Ray Schalk's single-season record for most
stolen bases by a catcher (30 in 1916) lasted 66 years until broken
by John Wathan (36) in 1982?
--- Who am I? I had a pitching record of
39 wins against 93 losses after my first five
years with the Boston Red Sox, and yet
you can find my plaque in the Hall of
Fame. I was a right-hander, and was
traded to the New York Yankees where I
turned my career around and won 273
games. I also won seven games in my
seven World Series as a Yankee. Give up?
I am no other than Charles Herbert "Red"
Ruffing. I would also like to add that there
is a fine baseball gallery in Nokomis,
Illinois called the B-R-S Baseball Museum.
The initials belong to Jim Bottomley, Red
Ruffing, and Ray Schalk who are all Hall of
Famers from the Nokomis area. How
about that!
This excerpt was taken from the Little Known Facts
of Baseball
.