Rounding third, resting in peace

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.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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