Originally Posted by gedred69
I guess I get to show my age here. He had a pretty decent curve ball. Often described as a southpaw's natural curve. When it was working, he could be effective.
In the early days of the Astros (known then as the Colt .45s), Joe and Don Wilson got hooked up in back to back turns of the rotation, one in Cincy and one in Houston that were both close to classic confrontations.
I believe Wilson pitched a no hitter in one of the games but lost it on an unearned run. Joe I think allowed 1 hit in that one. The other one was won by Houston. I think Joe and Don both had 1 hitters in that affair. It may have gone to extra innings and been settled by other pitchers. (Either I was not quite old enough then to remember it now or so old now I used to remember but can't any more).
Back when Joe was playing, the Reds home night games started at 8pm. Joe was such a notoriously slow starter that one of the jokes was "hold the 8 o'clock bus to Hamilton until 8:10 so Nuxhall can catch it if he has a bad 1st inning". Never doubt that Joe knows of which he speaks when he says "if you are going to get this guy, you better get him early."