A History of the BRS Museum...
What started in a restaurant window in 1981 has blossomed into an expansive attraction for the central Illinois region. Joe Kempe and Merle “Butter” Wright founded what originally was just the Bottomley-Ruffing Museum in 1981 — the Schalk portion was added later.

The idea was to honor three players from the first half of the 20th century that had ties to Nokomis and Montgomery County who each made the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Jim Bottomley, Red Ruffing and Ray Schalk.

The museum has had four homes in Nokomis during its 36 years of existence and we are excited today to bring in six more honorees, pushing the total to 111 central Illinois people who have been honored for significant contributions to the game of baseball. Congratulations and welcome!
BRS 50/50 Home Run contest
As Major League Baseball tries to work through the suspension of its opening day, the deadline for our 12th annual Home Run 50/50 Contest will move as well.

Although the form notes March 26 as the deadline, you will have until Opening Day to turn in your choices of 15 big leaguers who you think will hit the most home runs this year. With the COVID-19 issue clouding if and when the season will start, we will adjust payouts at the appropriate time. In any event, we will provide a refund for those who have already entered, if desired. And if there is no season, your entry fee will be refunded as well.

Enter to win monthly and season prizes. Last season’s winner took home more than $160! No change to the point system this year. See Rules section for details. Cost is $10 per entry. Good luck!
BRS Baseball Museum
121 W. State St.
Nokomis, IL, 62075
(217) 563-2495
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Sunday: 1pm - 4pm
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BRS Baseball Museum 121 W. State St., Nokomis, IL 62075 Phone: (217) 563-2495

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