November 16, 2007

The old left-hander, rounding third and heading for home.: Joe Nuxhall passed away at the age of 79 last night. His first appearance in a game was at the age of 15 for the Cincinnati Reds, making him the youngest player in MLB history. Joe went on to have a 15 year career (including 3 all-star selections) on the field and another 40 years in the broadcast booth.

posted by mick to baseball at 07:59 AM - 9 comments

I saw Joe pitch a couple of times at the old Crosley Field in Cincinnati and listened to any number of games on radio when he was partnered with Marty Brenaman. See ya Joe. I'll miss you.

posted by Ironhead at 12:10 PM on November 16, 2007

...heading for home. Godspeed old friend.

posted by Tinman at 04:16 PM on November 16, 2007

Even though he retired from the broadcast booth a few years ago, baseball in Cincinnati will not be the same. I can remember going to Reds games and my dad bringing a radio so he could listen to Marty and Joe call the games. Rest in peace Joe, we'll miss you.

posted by lil'red at 04:17 PM on November 16, 2007

Being from cincinnati my fondest memories of baseball was listening to the old left-hander and his famous line of "rounding 3rd and heading for home". I marveled at the fact he played in the majors at 15. His homey voice was a real comfort on my little radio. He will be missed but he is heading for home. Thanks Joe for the memories...............RIP

posted by dalelong at 07:00 PM on November 16, 2007

I feel very blessed to have met Mr. Nuxall several times, and having listened to him and Marty growing up. Joe always had time for the fan, the benchwarmer, and anyone else who wanted to just spend a couple of moments talking about baseball (in particular, the Reds) or anything else on their mind. Each year since Marty was voted into the broadcasters wing of the hall of fame, I keep hoping he would get to join him. I know he'll get there one day--too bad it will be after his passing. He was a great man and will be missed. God bless you Joe (my first drive on the first tee next spring will be for you!)

posted by jagsnumberone at 11:34 PM on November 16, 2007


posted by tommybiden at 12:28 AM on November 17, 2007

Me and my radio need a hug. Thanks for the memories, Joe. Damn.

posted by tselson at 09:31 PM on November 17, 2007

Me and my radio need a hug. Couldn't have said it better. He's one of the greats.

posted by tahoemoj at 04:57 PM on November 18, 2007

Obviously I'm a fan. As others have said already, he was truly a class act and I have countless fond memories of listening to him and Marty growing up. I like to say that Joe is the only guy I could remember doing an entire interview without ever asking a question. "So, Eric, 3-for-4 today with a homer and 4 RBIs." "That two-run double in the seventh was a big at-bat." "The bullpen really came through today." I'm glad he's finally scored. Thank you for the memories, Joe.

posted by olelefthander at 07:26 PM on November 18, 2007

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