Saturday, May 14, 2016

Joe Nuxall, the answer to a great baseball question


It was 1944 and most of the players were fighting the war. The Cincinnati Reds brought up a rookie:

"Nuxhall was 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched for the Reds on June 10, 1944.

His next game for Cincinnati, where he spent 15 of his 16 Major League seasons, didn't come until 1952. His lifetime record from 1944 and 1952-66, was 135-117 with a 3.90 ERA. He was also a two-time All-Star in 1955-56." (Longtime Reds voice Nuxhall passes)

After baseball, Nuxall was the Reds' broadcaster on WLW. I remember catching a few Reds' games on the Ohio Turnpike.

In 1978, we did not have ESPN. So, I kept up with Pete Rose's 44 game streak by going to WLW around 9:30 pm and catching the end of Reds' games. At one point, Rose was stuck in 31 or 32 after 9 innings. Somehow, the Reds pushed the game went into extra innings. Rose got his hit, continued the streak and Nuxall was pretty happy. I was too!

Nuxall was a great announcer and a pretty good pitcher as well.

So remember. Who was the youngest man to play major league baseball? The answer is the late Joe Nuxall.


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