Sunday, March 9
Starts at 1:00 PM
The Museum of History, in collaboration with Illinois Voices Theatre, will present the original play “Old Hoss” by Jared Brown in March. In the play, Bloomington’s hot-tempered Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher is forced to come face to face with his past. Rhys Lovell returns as Old Hoss and other cast include John Bowen and Danny Rice.
Rhys Lovell nearly stole the show with his performance as Old Hoss during the 2004 Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk.
Performances will be held in the historic Governor Fifer Courtroom Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m. , and can be purchased at the Museum or by phone at (309)-827-0428. Tickets can be purchased on the day of each performance. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for members of the Museum. Seating is limited to 100 for each of the three performances so try to purchase your tickets early.
Charles Radbourn was born on December 9, 1854 in Rochester, New York. He spent his early days in Bloomington, where he learned to play baseball on corner lots. Radbourn made his first appearance on the baseball scene in 1876, playing with a Bloomington club. In 1880 he became the second baseman for the Buffalo Bisons of the National League. In 1884 Old Hoss led the Providence Grays to a World Series win with a record season of 59 wins, 12 losses and two ties. His pitching record of 59 wins in one season still stands today.