Pro Baseball: Rick Nielsen to make appearance at RiverHawks’ May 27 game

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — Rockford native and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen will be on hand Sunday, May 27, as the RiverHawks take on the Lake Erie Crushers at 3:05 p.m. at RiverHawks Stadium.

The RiverHawks have partnered with the Burpee Museum of Natural History to bring the rocker out to the game and help to raise money for the museum.

This is a great partnership for us and our fans,” said RiverHawks General Manager Brad Sholes. “To be able to partner up and bring in a big name like Rick Nielsen and help to raise money for a community asset like Burpee Museum at the same time is right in line with our goal to be a larger part of the community in the stateline area.”

Alan Brown, executive director of the Burpee Museum, said, “We are very excited to partner with the RiverHawks’ organization to launch the first step in bringing the Rick Nielsen and his Guitar Exhibit to Rockford.”

Nielsen will be throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitch and will be signing multiple custom jerseys that will be auctioned off to lucky fans. Proceeds from the jersey auction will go to Burpee Museum, along with a portion of the proceeds from the night’s ticket sales.

Tickets to the game are $10 and $7.

April 23, 2012, Rick Nielsen and the board of the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford unveiled plans for Rick’s Picks, a state-of-the-art exhibit that tells the story of Rick’s passions for guitars, music, and rock and roll. Visitors will experience a treasure trove of Rick’s amazing guitars, collectible personal items, stage clothing and Cheap Trick memorabilia, all enhanced by multimedia storytelling support. The exhibit is set to open Aug. 11.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, an independent professional baseball league that will play its 20th season in 2012. The RiverHawks open their 11th season May 18 at River City. The home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., May 25, against Lake Erie. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit

From the May 16-22, 2012, issue

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