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Joe Nuxhall

Reports indicate that famous Reds broadcaster and the youngest person ever to play major league baseball, Joe Nuxhall, died last night – Thurs., Nov. 15, 2007 – just before 11 p.m. at Mercy Fairfield Hospital.

I have never been a big sports fan, but I certainly was a fan of Joe Nuxhall. He just always seemed like a friendly guy, including the time he rode by my home as the grand marshal of the 2005 Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

From the balcony on the third floor along Race Street across from Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in the building where I have lived since 2004, I, along with a couple friends, shouted down to The Old Left Hander. He graciously and excitedly acknowledged us, as I captured in this photo above. He gave a big smile, a wave and a little affectionate trigger finger action. It certainly brightened up my day, much in the same way he did so many times on the radio calling Reds’ games – just a little more so.

Nuxhall was 79 and had been fighting lymphoma. No doubt he will be missed. It is going to be a sad next few days in Cincy.

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