Rounding Third and Heading for Home
November 16, 2007
The Lab is not fond of going off-topic but something has happened that has affected The Lab and we must mention it and pay tribute.
One of the most beloved figures in Cincinnati’s rich baseball history passed away last night. Joe Nuxhall, age 79, was a fixture with the Cincinnati Reds organization from his start as the youngest pitcher in Major League Baseball history (a record which still stands) to the play-by-play announcer for the team starting in 1967.
He became one half of the legendary Marty and Joe broadcasting team in 1974 when joined in the booth by Marty Brennaman. The duo called games together for 31 seasons in the booth until Nuxie’s semi-retirement began in 2004. He has been in and out of the hospital for many ailments recently and passed away at 10:55PM Thursday evening.
In his honor, The Lab encourages you to go here and vote for Joe. Every year, the Baseball Hall of Fame honors a broadcaster with the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions to baseball.” This would be a fitting tribute to a man who meant so much to us all.