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11-12-2007, 08:29 PM
Last Updated: 6:48 pm | Monday, November 12, 2007
BY JOHN KIESEWETTER | JKIESEWETTER@ENQUIRER.COM
Joe Nuxhall was hospitalized again today after having difficulty breathing, says his son, Kim Nuxhall.
Nuxhall, 79, was admitted to Mercy Hospital Fairfield Monday afternoon after visiting his oncologist, his son said. Doctors didn’t like Nuxhall's heart rate and blood count, Kim said.
“We don’t know anything else right now,” said Kim, before heading to the hospital. He did not elaborate.
The retired Reds broadcaster has been receiving chemotherapy since early October for three tumors found in his chest in mid-September. One was tested, and determined to be malignant, his son said. Nuxhall was hospitalized for a day on Oct. 4 after having difficulty breathing.
The Hamilton native and long-time Fairfield resident has battled non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for four years. In February, he was hospitalized for a week in Sarasota, Fla. for blood clots in his lungs related to his lymphoma. He came home early from spring training in March after doctors found four new tumors in his left leg, which were successfully treated by chemotherapy, Kim Nuxhall said.
Check Cincinnati.Com for updates.
11-12-2007, 08:30 PM
11-12-2007, 08:40 PM
I hope he's alright
11-12-2007, 09:43 PM
Get well soon Joe!!
11-14-2007, 07:14 PM
Nuxhall to undergo surgery
Doctors inform broadcaster he needs a pacemaker
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Doctors have told Reds broadcasting fixture Joe Nuxhall that he will need surgery to have a pacemaker inserted.
Son Kim Nuxhall learned the news on Wednesday, but said that the procedure wouldn't happen for a few days because of his father's low pulse.
"His pulse has to come up before they put in the pacemaker," said Kim Nuxhall, who was headed out to visit his father at the hospital. "My Mom said he felt a little better."
Nuxhall, who called Reds games regularly from 1967-2004 and still broadcasts for the team occasionally in retirement, was admitted to Mercy Fairfield Hospital on Monday. Kim Nuxhall said his father experienced shortness of breath and a low pulse while seeing his oncologist.
The 79-year-old Nuxhall has been undergoing chemotherapy since October to treat lymphoma and has battled cancer several times in recent years.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
It sounds like he will be better if he gets the pacemaker installed. Surgery is always a risk however.
11-14-2007, 10:38 PM
best wishes to joe and his family...missed the hot stove league tonite because my father in law is having surgery...
11-14-2007, 10:52 PM
He's being hospitalized on a more frequent basis. I know "it" will happen, but I don't want the Reds to be wearing a black arm band this season. Nuxy deserves to see one more good playoff team. Hang in there buddy....
best wishes to joe and his family...missed the hot stove league tonite because my father in law is having surgery...
Yes on best wishes to nuxie and hope your in law's surgery went well also !
11-16-2007, 07:16 AM
Joe passed away last night. God bless him and his family. He's an important figure for the Reds. But he was also a good man. It's sad to hear that he's gone.
11-16-2007, 07:48 AM
Joe Nuxhall, Reds broadcaster and baseball's youngest player, dies
By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer
November 16, 2007
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joe Nuxhall, who was the youngest player in major league history and the beloved "old left-hander" on Cincinnati Reds radio broadcasts, died overnight following a bout with cancer, the team said Friday. He was 79.
Nuxhall's health problems multiplied in recent years but couldn't keep him away from the game or the broadcast booth for long. He had surgery for prostate cancer in 1992, followed by a mild heart attack in 2001.
The cancer returned last February, when Nuxhall was preparing for the Reds' spring training in Sarasota, Fla. The broadcaster called some games last season even though his left leg was swollen by tumors. He was hospitalized again this week.
He retired as a full-time radio broadcaster after the 2004 season, the 60th anniversary of his historic pitching debut.
Nuxhall and play-by-play announcer Marty Brennaman described the Big Red Machine's two World Series titles in the 1970s, Pete Rose's return as player-manager and then banishment for gambling in the 1980s, and another World Series championship in 1990.
Nuxhall's place in baseball lore was secured the moment he stepped onto a big-league field. With major league rosters depleted during World War II, he got a chance to pitch in relief for the Reds on June 10, 1944.
No one in modern baseball history has played in the majors at such a young age -- 15 years, 10 months, 11 days old. He got two outs against St. Louis before losing his composure, then went eight years before pitching for the Reds again.
"When you think of all the individuals that played at the major league level and you're the youngest in the history of the game and in the Guinness Book of Records, it does make you in awe of it," Nuxhall said on the 50th anniversary of his debut.
He got the chance purely by chance.
Nuxhall grew up in nearby Hamilton, Ohio, and was still too young to shave when the Reds were looking for wartime replacement players. They came to see his father, Orville, who pitched in a Sunday league in Hamilton.
"My dad could throw hard," Nuxhall said. "They were really scouting him. Almost by accident, they found me."
Nuxhall was big for his age -- 6-foot-3, around 190 pounds -- and could throw 85 mph. The Reds offered a contract, and Nuxhall's parents let him join the team when junior high classes let out in 1944.
He spent most of the time watching from the bench, assuming he'd never get into a game. The Reds were trailing Stan Musial's St. Louis Cardinals 13-0 after eight innings on June 10, 1944, when manager Bill McKechnie decided to give the kid a chance.
Nuxhall was so rattled when summoned to warm up that he tripped on the top step of the dugout and fell on his face in front of 3,510 fans at Crosley Field. He was terrified when it came time to walk to the mound.
"Probably two weeks prior to that, I was pitching against seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, kids 13 and 14 years old," he said. "All of a sudden, I look up and there's Stan Musial and the likes. It was a very scary situation."
Nuxhall walked one and retired two batters before glancing at the on-deck circle and seeing Musial. Nuxhall unraveled -- Musial got a line-drive single, and the Cardinals scored five runs as the young pitcher lost his ability to throw a strike and failed to get another out.
"Those people that were at Crosley Field that afternoon probably said, 'Well, that's the last we'll see of that kid,"' Nuxhall said.
The Reds sent him to the minors. Eight years later, he was back with the Reds, picking up on a career that eventually got him into the team's Hall of Fame. He spent 15 of his 16 big-league seasons with the Reds, going 135-117 before his retirement in 1966.
A year later, Nuxhall started doing radio broadcasts, describing games in a slow-paced, down-home manner that caught on with listeners. Brennaman became the play-by-play announcer in 1974, and the "Marty and Joe" tandem spent the next 28 seasons chatting about their golf games, their gardens and some of the biggest moments in franchise history.
Brennaman made the broadcasters' wing of baseball's Hall of Fame with his blunt, outspoken style; Nuxhall rarely produced controversy with his folksy manner.
They had one high-profile moment together. Both were summoned to commissioner Bart Giamatti's office in 1988 because of their on-air comments after Rose bumped umpire Dave Pallone and was ejected. Angry fans threw debris on the field for 15 minutes as Brennaman harshly criticized the umpire.
Nuxhall became more critical as his broadcasting career wound down. He created a stir in 2001 by suggesting on the air that Barry Larkin was no longer capable of playing shortstop. Larkin, the team captain at the time, replied that he was hampered by injuries.
Just as Brennaman is known for his "This one belongs to the Reds" proclamation after a win, Nuxhall developed a signature signoff. He concluded postgame interviews by saying, "This is the old left-hander, rounding third and heading for home," a saying that is illuminated across the top of the Reds' administration building.
11-16-2007, 07:48 AM
just got a text message about Nuxie died last night.
Thought's go out to his family.
11-16-2007, 07:50 AM
Joe was a voice that provided me with many fond memories of listening to baseball games during the summer. Rest in peace Joe and thanks for the memories.
11-16-2007, 08:10 AM
11-16-2007, 08:21 AM
God's speed Joe! You made the world a better place just by being you. Thanks for the memories.
11-16-2007, 08:22 AM
Rest in peace, Nuxy.
I will definitely miss Joe. He's meant so much to the Reds, Cincinnati, and baseball!! Thanks for all the memories, Joe!
11-16-2007, 08:28 AM
About the only thing I can compare this to was when Klu died. The city seemed to be mourning a king then. This time, it'll be like mourning God.
I knew this was in the cards but, dern it, I'm still upset.
CET did a series with Joe a few years ago. I wonder if they'll repeat it. They do have a nice blog entry on him this morning.
11-16-2007, 08:43 AM
Well that sucks
11-16-2007, 08:54 AM
It was like listening to your Grandpa do the games.
It is like losing a family member.
11-16-2007, 08:54 AM
No words can express how sad this is...I'm so close to tearing up at school..
11-16-2007, 09:10 AM
I always knew this day would come, but even as old as I am now, I always believed that Nuxie would live forever. Rest in peace, Joe. You will be missed.
11-16-2007, 09:13 AM
Round third and head for HOME, Joe... God be with his family.
11-16-2007, 09:32 AM
A sad day.
Thanks Joe for the great memories from my childhood in the 70's until now.
11-16-2007, 10:02 AM
11-16-2007, 10:07 AM
So many good memories of you, Nux. May you rest peacefully.
May you round third, and head for HOME.
11-16-2007, 10:18 AM
My favorite memory of Nux:
My dad and I saw him a few months ago signing autographs at the Reds HoF on Fan Appreciation Day. We waited an hour in line, so we were first and second. And when he gets there, my dad tells him he was old enough to remember Nux's playing days. Nux jokingly shushes him and tells him to keep quiet in case anyone else remembers.
I'm glad I got to meet him, and I'm glad I get to share that memory with my dad.
11-16-2007, 10:26 AM
My thoughts echo everything everyone else is saying. It makes me sad thinking about all those nights falling asleep to the radio broadcast while the Reds were on the west coast. I was 10 years old when I met Joe for the first and only time while visiting spring training in 1983. I remember how cordial and warm he was with everyone. It didn't matter who you were, he treated everyone the same.
He'll be missed greatly.
11-16-2007, 10:35 AM
I'm not ashamed to admit a bawled like a baby this morning listening to the various tributes on WLW and 1530Homer. I just don't think it could get any better going on the back porch with your dad in the summer and turning on Reds baseball with Marty and Joe...
11-16-2007, 10:46 AM
I just don't think it could get any better going on the back porch with your dad in the summer and turning on Reds baseball with Marty and Joe...
That's what it was all about. :)
Many of us want to leave a legacy. Nuxhall did it.
Thanks for unforgettable memories, Joe. You were a big part of my childhood and how I came to love the game.
11-16-2007, 11:05 AM
My wife and I met Joe a few years ago at the Reds HOF on the day Eric Davis and Jose Rijo were inducted.
I told him how I used to plan my trips home from college so that I would be on the road while games were on just so I could listen to him and Marty. He thanked me for listening and being a fan, then said something to my wife about hoping the Reds could win one for us that day. Well, my wife grew up in DC and is a huge Orioles fan.
I told Joe that she was one of "them" and probably wasn't hoping for a Reds win. He just smiled and said, "As long as she's a fan of baseball, that's alright."
Simply a class act and a true franchise great.
11-16-2007, 11:06 AM
Certainly sad to hear about Joe's passing. He without a doubt will be missed.
RIP Nuxie. We will miss you.
11-16-2007, 11:38 AM
Aw geez...terrible news. Nuxie we will miss you. RIP sir.
11-16-2007, 11:45 AM
A very sad day. We will all miss the old Left-Hander. Rest in Peace, Joe.
11-16-2007, 11:49 AM
as stated before joe has rounded third and headed for home for the final time. we'll miss ya joe. you'll be calling reds games from that big press box in the sky.
11-16-2007, 11:54 AM
A few years back I met him in a hotel lobby in Pitt. It was the last year that he did road games. He was hardly getting around, he signed a baseball for me, but had to stop and lean up against a pillar. It seemed like he was 7 feet tall, and had huge hands. To me he seemed like a Herman Munster type. Larger than life, but a kind gentle type inside.
He was very friendly to my wife and I, and I guarantee there are 1,000 more stories like mine.
11-16-2007, 12:01 PM
Man, had high hopes of him recovering, so sad to come in this morning and hear the news, hard not to have a tear pop in your eye. No need to round 3'rd anymore, your home now Joe, and I hope everyone up there enjoys your stories. Great loss of a great man!
11-16-2007, 12:02 PM
It was never, "turn on the Reds game." It was always "turn on Marty and Joe." I have no idea how many times I fell asleep laying in the middle of the floor with the earphones on, listening to the West Coast games and my mom would have to wake me up.
Joe was Reds baseball to a lot of us. He was a bigger fan than most anyone, and he didn't have to apologize for it. God bless you, Nuxie. Listening to the game just ain't the same with out you.
11-16-2007, 12:15 PM
I heard this when I first got up this morning and it was like a kick in the stomach.
11-16-2007, 12:23 PM
Some good stuff concerning Mr. Nuxhall today on 700WLW.
Some more on Joe via the WLW website:
11-16-2007, 12:24 PM
Feel free to add your favorite Joe Nuxhall pics to this thread of ones I don't have in my gallery.
11-16-2007, 12:46 PM
Great pictures. THANKS!
11-16-2007, 01:24 PM
It will never be the same. Joe was an awesome radio analyst, he loved the reds more than anyone in the world. He was a man I wish I had had the opportunity to meet. Someday I hope I will
God Bless The Ol' Lefty
11-16-2007, 01:58 PM
11-16-2007, 02:15 PM
I'm only 29 so I guess compared to some here I haven't experienced as much of Joe as some. I grew up without cable tv throughout my childhood and teens until I went to college. Growing up there were few nights where I didn't fall asleep listening to Marty and Joe or lie awake awaiting those west coast games that didn't start until 10:00pm. Even though you didn't know him personally he felt like family. Selfishly there are some days that we hope never come and this is one of those days. Rest in peace Joe. You will be missed.
11-16-2007, 02:26 PM
I've spent the day at work listening to WLW and reading cincinnati.com and Redszone and other web sites with tributes to Joe. And one thing dawned on me which I think is an amazing tribute to Joe. I don't remember any event in the past 20 years I've been in Cincinnati that has unified the city more than his death has today. This city has argued and been somewhat divided on topics like race, crime, the Banks, schools, sports teams, local celebrities. But no matter if you're black or white, rich or poor, local or transplated, everyone in Cincinnati has shared good words and tears for Joe today...
11-16-2007, 02:41 PM
there are a couple reasons john allen may have been crying in that picture.
11-16-2007, 03:01 PM
Roby, I dont get it, Harang and Arroyo, as in thats all they got?
11-16-2007, 03:20 PM
Would the Reds think about retiring Nuxhall's uniform number? Which one 39 or 41
11-16-2007, 03:58 PM
When I lived in Centerville, OH from 1977 through 1985, I always listened to Marty and Joe. For a young grade schooler, they were the highlight of my day from April through October. Joe...you may be gone, but your voice and the memories you created for me and many others will long remain.
11-16-2007, 04:19 PM
My father-in-law is a big Reds fan, so I've come to appreciate Marty and Joe by proxy. It was a great team, and I know Joe will be sorely missed.
11-16-2007, 04:46 PM
Rest in peace Joe you were by all accounts a good man.
11-16-2007, 05:31 PM
I never met him, never even saw him play ball but somehow I felt like I knew him. I guess that's a testament to the kind of guy he was.
I don't even know what his number was as a player but I hope the Reds have it on all their jersey's next year as a memorial.
11-16-2007, 05:41 PM
I ran into Joe on a few occasions when I lived in Fairfield; he always had time to chat to total strangers. He was a truly wonderful man who did so much for his community. If the world were full of people like Nuxhall it would be a much better place.
11-16-2007, 05:47 PM
This is a sad day for all Reds fans. Thanks for the childhood memories Ol' Lefthander. Condolences to the Nuxhall family. Rip Joe.
11-16-2007, 05:56 PM
Truly a sad day. When I was really little, I knew who Joe Nuxhall was before I knew who Marty Brennaman was (oddly enough). It almost feels like losing a member of your extended family. I'll really, really miss him.
11-16-2007, 06:02 PM
I'm 46 years old and grew up in Red's country..I've been in North Carolina for 20 years, but I've listened to Marty and Joe since childhood..
Their bobblehead sits prominently on my desk, and always will..
The man was as much a part of my childhood as anything..all those games on the radio..the BRM..1990..the hitting streak..the frustrating seasons..Joe Nuxall was there to tell me about all of it..
You've got the green light this time, old friend..go ahead and round third and head for home..you made it standing up..
thank you for being a part of my life.
11-16-2007, 06:34 PM
With much love, we wish Joe and his family all the support we can. I know we are all sad and heartbroken over Joe's passing. I think back to all those times I would get my Dad to move the car down the driveway so I could get a better receiption of Joe and Marty doing the games in the 70's and early 80's. WLW is barely received here in Central Illinois, especially in those days, but I would still try to listen to the games. It was an incredible time and Joe's delivery made me love the Reds even more. I loved that Joe was the excited fan and Marty was the straight man. I've had the please to meet Joe three times and every time he was a gentleman and always made my son and me at ease. Whether at Redsfest, The Reds Hall of Fame or Spring Training, Joe was a great person to be around.
You will be missed, you will always be loved and give'em hell on the mound in the big ballyard in the sky. God Bless.
11-16-2007, 07:02 PM
Glad I Had The great privilege to hear him on the net through the years.He had a relaxing way of talking. "easy like sunday morning" Thanks Joe, RIP.
11-16-2007, 07:10 PM
PTI gave a small farewell to the Ol' lefthander on their show tonight.
11-16-2007, 07:15 PM
Will the Reds wear a patch to honor Joe next year? If they do I wonder what it will be?
That would be one of the many things they should do to honor Joe.
11-16-2007, 07:34 PM
Marty: 'It's been special'
BY JOHN FAY
Marty Brennaman’s last time with Joe Nuxhall was like so many others – a little golf, a lot of gags.
Brennaman and Nuxhall played a charity golf match at Kenwood Country Club just before Brennaman left on a cruise. Brennaman was in the middle of the Pacific when he got word that his long-time partner had died. That made him grateful for the last day on the golf course.
“It was apparent that he was weak and not feeling well. I think he only swung the club about five times. I said, 'Joe, you need to go home.' He said, 'No, it's a beautiful day. I'm tired of laying around.' So he rode along the whole round. He laughed and joked. I feel blessed that I had a chance to spend that time together."
Oh, the times they had together. Brennaman and Nuxhall spend 31 years calling Reds games on the radio.
“In the 31 years we worked together doing 162 games, I don’t think there was more three or four times when we ever got mad at each other,” Brennaman said.
Then he corrects himself.
“I really can’t think of one time we stayed mad for any length of time,” Brennaman said. “It’s been special since Day 1.”
Day 1 was in 1974. Brennaman was hired to replace Al Michaels as the Reds’ lead radio voice. It was Brennaman’s first big league job.
“I met Joe in a photo studio in Dayton, Ohio,” Brennaman said. “The first thing I said to him is: ‘I’ve got your baseball card.’”
Nuxhall and Brennaman would be teamed together from ’74 to 2004, when Nuxhall was pushed into a part-time role. When you add spring training games, the two worked over 5,500 games together.
From the start, Nuxhall made Brennaman feel comfortable and showed him how to be a big leaguer.
“He was great to me, which meant whole lot,” Brennaman said. “He taught how to treat the fans from Day 1, how you have to be on 24/7, how to extend respect and attention fans deserves.”
The relationship was always good, but it got better in 1995 when Brennaman took up golf.
“We talked the other day about all the good times we had together playing golf on the road,” Brennaman said.
When Greg Hoard wrote Nuxhall’s biography, he compared to Marty and Joe as “an old married couple.”
Brennaman had no problems with the analogy.
“It’s pretty accurate,” he said. “One of us will be talking and we’ll stop, and the other will finish the sentence.”
Brennaman says you cannot overestimate Nuxhall’s place in the local sports echelon.
“With all due respect to all great sports figures in this area, no one is as widely loved as Joe,” Brennaman said. “People talk about Pete Rose. He isn’t even in Joe’s class.”
“It’s unbelievable. I’ve been blessed to have known him and work with him all these years.”
Brennaman has a great relationship with his current partners – his son, Thom, and Jeff Brantley – but it’s not quite the same.
“I’ll never have a new relationship – as good as it is with Thom and Jeff – to equal that one. The relationship has been incredible.”
And, Brennaman says, his old partner was one incredible man.
“I’ve never had one person say a negative thing about him,” Brennaman said. “I don’t care how good a person you are -- somebody is going to have something bad to say about you. But through all my travels in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, I never had anyone say anything negative about him.
“The way he related to people was just outstanding. He put everyone at ease.”
11-16-2007, 08:19 PM
I, along with all of Reds nation stand in mourning. He was a terrific player, and a terrific man.
11-16-2007, 08:35 PM
It feels as though I've lost a close relative. I never met him other than to get his autograph at a caravan stop a few years ago. I felt as though I've know him my whole life. Up until last season, I didn't get a whole lot of chances to watch games, so I was always listening to games with Joe and Marty. I'll miss hearing him...
Vada Pinson Fan
11-16-2007, 09:04 PM
You will be missed Ole Lefthander. I too listened to WLW today and heard the wonderful accolades attributed to Joe. As I'm writing this I'm thinking of those great Marty and Joe Kroger commercials. There's so much Joe has done for the Reds, Hamilton, Fairfield and Cincinnati too but it seemed to me his true passion was helping children to better themselves.
Joe Nuxhall was always one of the things that was right in/with baseball.
Rest In Peace, Joe.
You always exemplified dignity, character and class!!!
11-16-2007, 09:10 PM
Many have made the observation that losing Joe is as if we had lost a member of our family. This is very true for me. I have listened to the Reds on Radio since I was very young. Before the advent of ESPN or Fox Sports Net--Marty and Joe were daily companions for me during the summer. Going to a Reds game meant a portable radio was mandatory. Even as television coverage became more prominent; I still made sure I turned the TV down and listened to the radio--even if the two didnt always sync up. Listening to Marty and Joe work the "Banana Phone" or go back and forth on the "Hot Stove League" are as enjoyable as game highlights for me.
While today was a tragic day for Reds fans and fans of baseball on radio--it was also a very heartwarming day being able to listen to all of the tributes and highlights of Nuxies career. The two things that stand out was during the eleven o'clock hour when WLW played an interview Bob Trumpy had with Joe to commerate his 50 years in baseball. And while I havent listened to Gary Burbank in years--I made sure I did today--he played a bit called "Joe Nuxhall Remembers" that was a fun break from the sadness of the day.
I had met Nuxie twice--during a book signing in Lima and during a Winter Caravan in Columbus--both times he treated everyone like old friends--sharing stories and laughs with everyone. I will also admit to shedding tears when first hearing the news and throughout the day. Unfortunately, I probably wont be able to make Tuesday's public viewing--but am thinking about coming down to see Joe's statue at GABP during the weekend. RIP "Old Lefthander"--I will definitely miss you.
11-16-2007, 10:40 PM
I remember listening to one of the games Joe did this season with Thom. Junior smoked one and Joe screamed "Swung on and deep! Get up! Get outta here! GOODBYE BASEBALL!".
It felt really good to hear that one last time... God bless, Joe. What a career it was.
11-16-2007, 11:21 PM
Feels like a little piece of my childhood has passed or more accuratley it feels as though I lost a family memeber. RIP Joe we love ya.
11-17-2007, 12:06 AM
Last time I spoke with Joe was the final game, riding down on the elevator with him. I can't imagine spring training, the press booth, all these places I could always talk to him. His spirit filled every part of the Reds organization.
I wrote this song on the drive in yesterday...
We'll Miss you Joe (http://www.filecrunch.com/file/~ytoe22)
11-17-2007, 09:05 AM
Joe, you were a warm voice in the night for me when I was a youngster, and as I've grown up, I understand that you are an even better person than you were a baseball man. My son, AJ was born on Friday, November 16th, just hours after you passed away. His name was originally going to be Andrew Jeremy. It's going on the birth certificate as Andrew Joseph in honor of you. RIP.
Cant Touch This
11-17-2007, 10:18 AM
Thanks to some family connections, I had the great fortune of spending time with Joe on multiple occasions. By no means was I a household name to him, but you would never know it by the way he would greet and speak with me each time we got together. Whether it be for dinner, golf, or just at a celebrity event, he was as genuine as it gets.
Joe: Like many before me have stated, you kept me up nights - late, I might add - throuhgout my childhood. I didn't realize then what I do now which is I wasn't alone listening to you call the west-coast games at 1 AM Eastern (but I sure felt like you were just talking to me, I swear.) The memory of your voice will never fade in my lifetime and is part of my core as an eternal Reds fan. Baseball isn't the same anymore, we all know that. So I feel truly blessed to have experienced the genuine game as told by you for so many years. You made my life more enjoyable and there is no way to thank you for that. My own tribute to you will have to be in the form of something that was enjoyable to you - a Canadian Club Manhattan. A toast to a man who is one of very few that I can call a hero.
11-17-2007, 10:39 AM
My son, AJ was born on Friday, November 16th, just hours after you passed away. His name was originally going to be Andrew Jeremy. It's going on the birth certificate as Andrew Joseph in honor of you. RIP.
Very cool. :redszone:
Been out of town and it floored me to hear this. Joe is one of those guys that almost seemed indestructible. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
11-18-2007, 07:28 PM
Marty on Nuxhall's last show
On Oct. 3, 2004, Joe Nuxhall retired from the Reds radio booth. His guest on the Reds postgame show was Marty Brennaman. These excerpts are from that conversation.
Marty and Joe discuss Marty's first day in the booth, after the departure of Al Michaels.
Nuxhall: Marty, 31 years, pal, and I guess I go back to that first day in Bradenton, Fla., when you joined the ballclub, and that was OK, but then we went up to Al Lopez Field.
Marty: That's correct ... I remember it like it was yesterday. Chicago White Sox, you and I are sitting up there at the top of the stands ... and I welcomed people to Al Michaels Field! I mean, good lord. And I get no help from you. That's about the only time I think you left me out to dry in 31 years.
Nuxhall: Well, I was laughing.
Marty: I know you were.
Nuxhall: I couldn't talk.
Brennaman: And as soon as we go to the commercial break you say, 'I'll be damned. We haven't even gotten to the regular season yet, and I've got material for the banquet circuit next fall,' which made me feel even better.
Nuxhall: And of course I go back to my first day ... and I thought I had to describe every pitch. I mean you would have enjoyed that, you wouldn't have gotten any words in as much as you like to talk, because I thought every pitch they delivered I had to comment on.
Marty and Joe discuss the first time they met.
Nuxhall: You know, you look back on it, Marty, when you go back to that eventful day in Dayton, Ohio, when you joined us on the Reds caravan. I think we had to go to a studio, wasn't it, to get a picture?
Marty: We went to a photography studio in Dayton. Jim Winters took me up to Dayton early that day, I went to the Dayton Daily News (for an interview) ... and then you and I met with Jim Winters in that photography studio in Dayton. That's the first time we ever laid eyes on one another.
Nuxhall: Didn't realize we were left-handed, did we?
Marty: No, not then. Well, I knew you were left-handed because like I said, the first thing I said to you was, 'I have your baseball card.'
Nuxhall: That was nice.
Nuxhall: Like you and the vice president (Dick Cheney).
Marty: He said that, too, didn't he?
Marty and Joe discuss their favorite gags in the booth. In one instance, Marty made Nuxhall think he was about to be ejected from the stadium.
Nuxhall: I guess one of the scariest things that happened was when they first opened Turner Field in Atlanta, and, of course, me as dumb as I am, smoking cigarettes.
Marty: But I was guilty there.
Joe: The rules were you don't smoke in the stadium.
Joe: And I'm sitting there, having a Marlboro Light ...
Marty: It had already been set up.
Joe: You set me up.
Marty: So the guy gets upset there.
Joe: And he says, 'You smoker, get out of here!'
Marty: That's right, he did.
Joe: And you rolled over off your seat.
Marty: I was crying, boy.
Marty and Joe start to choke up as they reflect on their time working together.
Joe: You look at all this and it's been 31 years, and we've had some great times together. You look back on the '70s ballclubs, then the '90 ballclub which no one was expecting that much out of, go wire-to-wire and sweep the Oakland A's. What a great time we've had.
Marty: Well, in the old ballpark, and being here in Great American Ball Park for two seasons now, and as wonderful as this facility is, and as devoted as it is exclusively and 100 percent to the game of baseball, it will be hard-pressed to equal the run of years that that ballpark next door had. I mean with players and teams and moments, you know, I've been lucky because I was here through the most fruitful period of this club's history and of course sitting side-by-side with you for 31 years. And one nice part about it all is you are going to do some games next year.
Marty and Joe recall a game when Marty was stuck calling several consecutive innings without Joe.
Joe: I think our relationship's been outstanding and I look back on some of the things we just talked about and when you think of 31 years, sitting in a booth, side-by-side, and you have some disagreements, but I think we can honestly say we've not had one serious disagreement.
Joe: The only serious one ... and that was the day I got trapped in the Astrodome.
Marty: Now wait a minute, that's a stretch. You didn't get trapped. You didn't get trapped.
Joe: In my opinion.
Marty: You just decided not to come back.
Joe: They kept tying the score.
Marty: And the game went 16 innings and I was hotter than a match. I mean, I was not real happy.
Joe: I gotta be honest with you. I started back up.
Marty: I know you did, and somebody would score, and the other team would counter and I kept looking at that board and I was thinking now it's at 14, now it's at 16, and I'm saying 'Where in the hell is he?' And he never came back again.
Joe: They wouldn't let me out on the field to look up and say 'hi.'
Marty: I know they wouldn't. They wouldn't call timeout so you could wave at me. That would have really lit me up.
Marty and Joe wrap up their conversation.
Joe: Well Marty, again, thank you.
Marty: No, thank you Joe. Thank you. Thank you.
Joe: It's been the best.
Marty: I guarantee you there's been nobody that's worked together in this business that ever derived this much fun out of broadcasting a ballclub's games as we have had over the last 31 years. I mean, it's impossible. And this is a business where you're working together every day for six months. If you don't like the guy you're working with this job can be absolutely hell on earth. And thank God two left-handers came together in February of 1974 and were off and running from that point.
Joe: It's been great. I want to wish you the best. And certainly when you get to Ireland next week, or this week, stay in the fairway for heaven sakes.
Marty: That's going to be real tough.
Nuxhall: Is it? Marty, thank you.
Marty: Thank you, Joe.
Nuxhall: We'll see you later, pal.
Marty: OK, pal. Thanks.
Joe says goodbye to listeners.
Joe: You've been absolutely unbelievable and we appreciate every bit of support you've shown to us and to the ballclub. It's been a glorious career, and I mean that sincerely. Last Saturday night, what a big night that was for my family. And I want to thank you for it. It's been great. So, for the last time, this is the Ol' Left-hander, rounding third and heading for home. Good afternoon, everyone.
11-18-2007, 08:46 PM
God speed Joe. Thanks for all the memories. I will never forget all those fishing trips with my Father. It as me, my Dad, the lake, Marty and Joe. Some of my fondest memories. I was reeling in a trout as Pete hit 4192.
11-19-2007, 10:02 AM
Everywhere, Joe's the focus
Fans, teams continue the tributes to Nuxhall
BY SHANNON RUSSELL
Alan Cutler had never led a radio show where he talked so little.
There were times all eight phone lines glowed during his three-hour, 15-minute Saturday sports talk show on WLW-AM (700). Everyone wanted to talk about one person: Joe Nuxhall.
"What blew me away was that I'd prepared all normal stuff for UC-West Virginia and was going to do some Ohio State stuff, a little Kentucky stuff, and I wasn't sure how much of that would be versus Joe," Cutler said. "About 20 minutes into the show, I told my producer, 'Just forget about it.' It's all going to be about Joe."
The Ol' Left-hander, who passed away late Thursday after a bout with cancer, continues to leave an indelible mark on the region. The beloved Fairfield resident has been saluted through hundreds of radio call-ins, e-mails and other weekend events.
Nuxhall was honored at several major weekend football games. The 79-year-old icon was remembered in moments of silence at the St. Xavier-Colerain game Friday, the prime-time Cincinnati-West Virginia game Saturday, and the Bengals-Cardinals game Sunday.
Prior to Sunday's game, Bengals public address announcer Tom Kinder read a paragraph about Nuxhall.
Kinder described Nuxhall as "a friend to everyone he knew." He said Nuxhall was a major contributor "not only to the Cincinnati Reds, but to the overall sports landscape in the Tristate area."
"Though we know millions of fans will miss him dearly, his spirit will live on for many years. The Bengals would like to offer a heartfelt salute to one of the true sports icons in our region - the Ol' Left-hander," Kinder said. "Thank you, Joe Nuxhall. Thank you."
During the tribute, pictures of Nuxhall in the Reds broadcast booth and as a player were posted on the Bengals video board. Some fans stood. Many applauded.
WLW director of sports operations Dave Armbruster, who worked with Nuxhall for 21 years, said the Reds legend has been the talk of the station since Friday. He thinks the talk will continue through mid-week.
Nuxhall's public visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Fairfield High School Arena. A private funeral is Wednesday.
Armbruster said no other local sports figure's death has drawn such attention.
"Not even close," Armbruster said. "I don't know that there's another person in this town, ever, that will have that kind of response."
Cutler wasn't surprised Friday when callers wanted to talk about Nuxhall on his WCKY-AM (1530) show. But he was Saturday, when the Nuxhall conversation continued on WLW.
Four or five people were nearly in tears, Cutler said. Their stories, and their devotion to Nuxhall, moved him too.
"People had vivid recollections of exactly what happened in 1950, whether he gave an autograph or they met at Bob Evans for food or at a golf tournament," Cutler said. "Or Joe helping some kid out, or Joe getting an autographed baseball for a kid that didn't have one. ... It was amazing."
Cutler said the phone calls represented only "a smidgen of a percentage that he touched."
"Driving up (to the Bengals game) this morning, an old Beatles song hit me in the head - 'All You Need is Love.' That was Joe. For whatever reason, he was able to give that to people," Cutler said.
11-19-2007, 01:10 PM
anybody have any mp3 clips of Joe?
11-19-2007, 03:33 PM
Do a right click then save target as to save it to your pc.
11-19-2007, 09:25 PM
A tip of the cap for Nuxhall
BY MICHAEL D. CLARK
FAIRFIELD – Much of Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Nuxhall’s life was about always showing up to help.
Whether it was a charity event, a fund-raiser, or a sports banquet helping his beloved Fairfield schools, Nuxhall's steadfast loyalty added to his mystique.
On Tuesday more than 10,000 fans of all ages – including many former and current Reds – are expected return the favor by attending the memorial at Fairfield Senior High School for the former Reds pitcher and broadcaster.
The memorial is expected to be one of largest public visitation services in Butler County’s history.
Officials from Fairfield schools met Monday with local police and fire officials – as well as those from the Cincinnati Reds – to plan Nuxhall’s memorial. The visitation is expected to include dozens of former and current Reds among the crowd that will file past the Ol' Left-hander's open casket center court in the school’s gym.
Nuxhall’s son Kim said he was stunned by the outpouring of affection for his father, who died Thursday night at Mercy Hospital Fairfield after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphona. He was 79.
“Wow! It’s totally overwhelming what’s going on out there. I knew it was going to be a story, but I didn’t think it would be like this. It’s been unbelievable,” said Kim Nuxhall.
"Dad would be embarrassed by all of this attention,’’ Nuxhall said of the publicity surrounding his father’s death. "He never thought of himself as a celebrity."
"(It’s) sad, of course, at times. But also inspiring, to know what the impact was (of his life), and how far-reaching.''
Thousands are expected to line up early Tuesday outside the high school gym before the 4 p.m. start of the visitation.
Preparations will begin shortly after dawn in what funeral officials are calling Butler County’s largest public memorial in decades.
“This is a historic, one-time event for people,” said Tom Zettler, managing director of Zettler Funeral Home in Nuxhall’s hometown of Hamilton.
For those who can’t attend the visitation, Nuxhall’s funeral motorcade – after a private family ceremony – will pass through both Fairfield and Hamilton Wednesday morning enroute to Rose Hill Cemetery on the eastern edge of Hamilton.
Cincinnati Reds officials will provide banners, photos and memorabilia at the visitation but declined to comment about further details surrounding their participation in the memorial or who among current or former Reds players may attend.
Fairfield Senior High School's 3,500-seat arena is the largest prep sports venue in Greater Cincinnati.
Those attending will have guest books to sign before lining up to walk past displays of Nuxhall photos before arriving at his casket. More than 10,000 copies of a commemorative memorial program will be handed out.
There will be no eulogies or speeches, only the singing of the national anthem at 4 p.m. by Kyle Conley, a blind Fairfield senior who has sung the anthem at Cincinnati Reds games. Visitation will end at 8 p.m.
Fairfield Senior High Principal Paul Waller said no cameras, video recorders or camera phones will be allowed in the gym in deference to the open casket being allowed by Nuxhall’s family.
Helping to maintain order at the memorial will be 15 police officers from Fairfield, Hamilton and the Butler County Sheriff’s department. Another 15 firefighters from Fairfield will also help with crowd control.
As visitors pull into the school’s 2,000-space parking lot they will see a tribute message on the school’s entrance sign.
“Mr. Nuxhall. You will be missed. Thanks for your support.”
Although school is out this week for Thanksgiving, Fairfield junior William Kameron plans to be among the thousands paying respects.
“I remember listening to him on the radio. He was a pretty cool guy,” said the 16-year-old.
11-20-2007, 06:29 AM
Everyone should listen to Joe's sign off broadcast with Marty after the 2004 season's last game. The script was already posted here but hearing Joe start crying as he said "For the last time, this is the old left-hander, rounding third and heading for home".. it's just something you have to hear. If you can resist tears you're a stronger man than me.
(to the right, Joe's final sign off, click the long version)
11-20-2007, 10:42 AM
Ready for goodbyes
BY MICHAEL D. CLARK
Be sure to return to Cincinnati.com this afternoon for live coverage of Joe Nuxhall’s visitation. We’ll have frequent updates, video and photos.
Much of Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Nuxhall's life was about always showing up to help.
Whether it was a charity event, a fund raiser, a sports banquet helping his beloved Fairfield schools, the baseball and broadcasting icon's steadfast loyalty added to his mystique.
Today more than 10,000 fans of all ages - including many former and current Reds - are expected to return the favor by attending his memorial at Fairfield Senior High School.
The memorial is expected to be one of largest public visitation services in Butler County's history.
Monday, officials from Fairfield schools met with local police and fire officials - as well as those from the Reds - to plan Nuxhall's memorial, which is expected to include dozens of former and current Reds among the crowd that will file past the Ol' Left-hander's open casket sitting center court at the school's gym.
The national media attention in the wake of his passing last week and the local gestures of affection for one of Greater Cincinnati's most admired sports heroes left Nuxhall's son Kim stunned and Monday prompted the first public comments from his family since his passing last week.
"Wow. It's totally overwhelming what's going on out there. I knew it was going to be a story, but I didn't think it would be like this. It's been unbelievable," said Kim Nuxhall of the outpouring of well-wishers.
"Dad would be embarrassed by all of this attention," he said of the publicity surrounding his father's death. "He never thought of himself as a celebrity.
"(It's) sad, of course, at times. But also inspiring, to know what the impact was (of his life), and how far-reaching."
"Thanks for all you've done," Kim said to fans of his father.
Thousands are expected to line up early today outside the high school gym prior to the 4 p.m. start of the visitation. Preparations, however, for the historic memorial will begin shortly after dawn in what funeral officials are calling Butler County's largest public memorial in decades.
"This is a historic, one-time event for people," said Tom Zettler, managing director of Zettler Funeral Home in Nuxhall's nearby hometown of Hamilton.
For those who can't attend the visitation, Nuxhall's funeral motorcade - after a private family ceremony - will pass through both Fairfield and Hamilton Wednesday morning en route to Rose Hill Burial Park in Fairfield Township.
Reds officials will provide banners, photos and memorabilia at the visitation but declined to comment about further details surrounding their participation in the memorial or who among current or former Reds players might attend.
Fairfield Senior High School often is the site where local fallen heroes are honored.
The school's 3,500-seat arena is the largest prep sports arena in Greater Cincinnati. The gym has been the site of other emotional memorials that attracted smaller crowds, including most recently services for Fairfield graduates who enlisted as soldiers and Marines and were killed in Iraq.
Those attending will have guest books to sign before lining up to walk past displays of Nuxhall photos before arriving at his casket. More than 10,000 copies of a commemorative memorial program will be handed out.
There will be no eulogies or speeches, only the singing of the national anthem at 4 p.m. by Kyle Conley, a blind Fairfield senior who has sung the anthem at Reds games. Visitation will end at 8 p.m.
11-20-2007, 05:46 PM
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11-23-2007, 09:16 PM
Tracy Jones website has a nice tribute to Joe.
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