Sunday, January 26, 2014

On this date in Reds history: Joe Nuxhall is traded

In this edition of "On This Date in Reds History," we take a glimpse back on the event occurring on Jan. 26, 1961, where the Reds decided to trade Ohio native Joe Nuxhall to the Kansas City Athletics.

Here is an account of that transaction, as captured by Redleg Journal:
Six days after John Kennedy's inauguration as President, the Reds trade Joe Nuxhall to the Kansas City Athletics for John Tsitouris and John Briggs
Nuxhall had a 1-8 record in 1960, was booed nearly every time he stepped on the mound, and publicly expressed a desire to be traded. He had little success with the Athletics or California Angels, and returned to the Reds in August 1962 after a stint in the minors. Ironically, in the only season Nuxhall was not in a Reds uniform, the club went to the World Series.
Although most known for being the youngest player to ever appear in a major league game, at just 15 years and 316 days old, "The Ole Left-Hander" is remembered far more than simply that among Reds fans.

After retiring from the game as a player in 1966, Nuxy took his rightful place at the radio booth in 1967, where he would serve as a broadcaster for the Reds up until his passing in 2007.

Various tributes to Nuxhall can be found scattered throughout Great American Ball Park. These include a statue that sits outside the main entrance to the stadium, a replica microphone that hangs on the wall near the radio booth, and the words of his trademark sign-off phrase, "rounding third and heading for home," displayed outside the stadium. Furthermore, the team presents one player each year with the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award, beginning with Todd Benzinger in 1991.

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