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Grizzled "Old Hoss" Radbourn Comes To Life In History Museum Play

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:59:34 CST
By: Willis Kern

Possibly one of the best pitchers that ever lived is buried in Bloomington. Charles Old Hoss Radbourn was one of the first baseball players ever enshrined in the Hall of Fame. He was born, played and died in the 19th century and is the inspiration of a theatrical production being staged this weekend at the McLean County History Museum called "Old Hoss." WGLT's Willis Kern has more with actor Rhys Lovell.


This weekend's production of "Old Hoss: Ornery, Belligerent and Just Maybe The Best Pitcher Who Ever Lived," will be presented at the McLean County Museum of History. Friday nights show is sold out, but there are performances Saturday evening at 7 with a matinee Sunday at 1.

Old Hoss Radbourn has a Twitter account and is on Facebook too. He's been quoted by national sports media outlets and one of his most famous tweets dealt with his desire to have "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" played as his batter's box walk-up song. In a 2010 Time Magazine article about Fake Sports Tweeters, the anonymous creator of the account said in an e-mail, "Hoss was a bit of a lark," "I know baseball pretty well, and choosing someone from the rough-and-tumble era of the game's past seemed like a fun way to throw out jokes and critiques."
(image courtesy McLean County Museum of History)

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