B-R-S Baseball Museum
This museum 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,
Batted: left
Threw: left
Played for: St. Louis Cardinals,
Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns
Elected to Hall of Fame by
Committee on Baseball Veterans:
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

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:
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:
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.
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