Re: Joe Nuxhall Passes Away
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.