Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rounding Third and Heading for Home One Last Time

Joe Nuxhall passed away late Thursday night after years of battling lymphoma. He was 79.

In 1944, Mr. Nuxhall, who was 15 at the time, became the youngest player to appear in a major league baseball game in the modern era, pitching 2/3 of an inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. After concluding his playing career, he became an announcer on the Reds radio broadcasts in 1967. He continued working games through this past season, though he was limited to a small number of games the last few years due to illness. During portions of games when his long time partner, Marty Brennamen, was announcing, Mr. Nuxhall could frequently be heard in the background shouting for long hit balls off of Reds bats to "get out of here." He was also known for his signature line at the conclusion of broadcasts: "This is the old lefthander rounding third and heading for home."

I have enjoyed many an evening over the last hearing Mr. Nuxhall sign off in that way. May he rest in peace.

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