This past Saturday, the Reds honored the Ol’ Lefthander on the 62nd anniversary of his Major League debut as a 15-year-old. It’s still mind-boggling that someone so young faced the likes of Stan Musial and his Cardinal team that would go on to win the World Series that season.
The Reds declared it "Joe Nuxhall Day" at Great American Ball Park. CEO Bob Castellini joined Marty as they gave Joe yet another well-deserved tribute. Because of rain, they had the event in the lobby of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, which, by the way, you need to check out if you haven’t been. (As a side note, Dale Petroskey, the President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Coooperstown, will be here this week to get his first look at what the Reds have done with baseball’s best team hall of fame.)
Joe has a great sense of timing. A week earlier he was in the hospital, but on this night he was the star. After the pregame ceremony (which was shown live in the ballpark on the videoboard), Joe did a lap (in a golf cart) around the field to the adoration of the crowd. He then set up shop in the Reds Community Fund booth behind home plate, where he signed almost 300 copies of his book "Joe: Rounding Third and Heading for Home." I enjoyed reading it myself last year. He was so busy signing, the line didn’t end until the seventh inning!
I had my trusty digital camera there Saturday…