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The Cincinnati Reds will honor three long-time broadcasters during ceremonies prior to their Sunday, June 10 game against the Cleveland Indians.
Radio microphones representing Waite Hoyt, Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall will be unveiled for permanent display below the 700 WLW Radio broadcast booth at Great American Ball Park, alongside retired uniform numbers 1 (Fred Hutchinson), 5 (Johnny Bench), 8 (Joe Morgan), 10 (Sparky Anderson), 18 (Ted Kluszewski), 20 (Frank Robinson), 24 (Tony Perez) and 42 (Jackie Robinson).
The first 30,000 fans entering the ballpark for that afternoon's 1:15 p.m. game will receive a commemorative poster featuring the three broadcasters.
"We want to recognize these Cincinnati legends for their exemplary service to our organization as broadcasters," said Reds president and chief executive officer Bob Castellini. "Through their eyes and voices, Reds fans have followed the game for the last 65 years."
Hoyt broadcast games on both Reds Radio (1942-65) and Reds TV (1948-55, 1972). From 1948-55, his radio call was broadcast simultaneously on television.
A Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Yankees, Hoyt the broadcaster quickly developed a reputation as one of the great story tellers in baseball. His enthusiasm and infectious laugh delighted listeners, and he filled rain delays with stories of his playing days and tales of teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
During his 21-year playing career, Hoyt went 237-182 for the Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. In 1984, Hoyt passed away at the age of 84.
Nuxhall, 78, began his broadcasting career with the Reds in 1967 and for 31 seasons from 1974-2004 teamed with Brennaman on the Reds Radio Network. In December 2003 and December 2006, Nuxhall was nominated for the Ford C. Frick award, given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster “for major contributions to the game of baseball.” He still broadcasts games on Reds Radio.
The Reds Hall of Fame lefthander pitched in the Major Leagues for 16 years (1944, 1952-’66), including all or parts of 15 seasons with the Reds, and went 135-117, 3.90 in 526 appearances and 287 starts for Cincinnati, Kansas City and Los Angeles. As a 15-year-old on June 10, 1944 vs the Cardinals, he became the youngest player ever to appear in a Major League game, a record that never will be broken. Nuxhall has played in or broadcast games in 59 ballparks, including each of the existing ballparks except for Toronto’s Skydome, Seattle’s Safeco Field and Baltimore’s Camden Yards.
Brennaman, 64, received the Ford C. Frick Award on July 23, 2000, in ceremonies at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Brennaman, Red Barber and Russ Hodges are the only Reds announcers ever to receive the Hall of Fame’s prestigious broadcasting award.
The 2007 season is Brennaman’s 43rd as a broadcaster. He joined the Reds radio team in 1974 and has been named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 13 times, most recently in 2006.
He also is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
"These three broadcasters are giants in Reds lore," said Greg Rhodes, executive director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. "They have become synonymous with Reds baseball over the years. This is a tribute they richly deserve and one that Reds fans everywhere will celebrate."