Monday, November 19, 2007

Joe Nuxhall is Heading for Home

I grew up listening to two legendary Cincinnati sports radio voices. The first was Phil Samp, who served as the play-by-play man for Cincinnati Bengals broadcasts when I was a kid. He died here in Tucson in 2005. A second Cincinnati legend passed away last week. Joe Nuxhall was the color commentator for the Cincinnati Reds for over 30 years. He made his major league debut as a Cincinnati Red in 1944 at the age of 15-when all the good ball players were in Europe or Asia fighting for their country.

Even back in the 70's and 80's, Joe was a throwback to the time when baseball was the American past-time. Joe used to throw BP, shower, down a couple of pops (legend has it) and then report to the broadcast booth where he did color and split play-by-play time with Al Michaels and later the great Marty Brennaman.

Nuxie always ended his Reds' postgame segment with the words, "This is the old lefthander rounding third and heading for home."

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