IIRC, Joe made the decision to retire before this season even started!
He said he'd take it slow, calling only half the games this year and not be back in 2005. Did he change his mind?
Ok, I found it. Here's the article:
Voice Of The Reds Joe Nuxhall Retiring From Radio In 2004
11/1/02 11:37:24 AM
Reds radio man Joe Nuxhall is living up to his famous sign off -- "the old lefthander is rounding third and heading for home."
Nuxhall has decided to stay in the booth with Marty Brennaman for two more years then will retire in 2004.
Nuxhall has been a part of the Reds organization for 51 years and has spent the last 36 calling plays for his hometown team.
The Hamilton native was the youngest player ever to play in a major league game, coming up with the Reds as a pitcher in 1944 at the age of 15.
Word was that Nuxhall wanted to see the Reds move into the new Great American Ballpark before retiring. It turns out Nuxhall will get two years there before stepping down.
9News spoke with Nuxhall during the Reds' last series at Cinergy Field. He said seeing it to come to an end wasn't easy.
"I could walk out of here right now and say, well, it's been great, let's go play in the new ballpark, but that's easy to say until you hear people saying, talking about the biggest moments here and so on ... it might be a different story," Nuxhall said.
Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brennaman both signed contract extensions through 2004. Attorney Reuven Katz, who has represented many former Reds players over years, helped work out the two year extensions for the legendary broadcast pair.
The news that Nuxhall is slated to work just 60 games during the 2004 season and then retire came as a surprise to some fans.
"Well, that saddens me. I remember growing up listening to Joe Nuxhall on radio and following the games and watching him pitch when I was a younger so it's like an institution retiring," said Gary Frede.
Gordon Wilshire of Ft. Thomas was also upset at the news.
"Well I was sorry to hear about it. I would like to see him stay," Wilshire said.
"He's the ultimate baseball announcer. I put him up there with Harry Caray and Mel Allen, all of them," said Harry Bader of Southgate, Kentucky.
"When you think of Joe you think Reds Baseball. You don't even want to think Joe not being part of that," said Helen Thomas of the Skywalk Baseball store.