Updated 8:30 AM Monday, June 15, 2009
The city of Fairfield dedicated the Joe Nuxhall Pavilion Sunday, June 14, paying tribute to the Reds former pitcher and broadcaster.
Located at Waterworks Park, the pavilion sits in the middle of several little league fields and includes a statue of Nuxhall teaching Jasmyne and Zach Sexton — two Fairfield students selected by Nuxhall’s son Kim— how to pitch.
Joe Nuxhall is still the youngest person to ever play in a major league baseball game, having debuted as a Reds pitcher at age 15 in 1944. Following his playing days, he spent more than 30 years as a Reds radio broadcaster. Nuxhall died Nov. 15, 2007.
Former Red Sean Casey said that in his 12 years of professional baseball, Nuxhall was the “greatest human” he had ever come across.
“Joe was so nice,” Casey said of the Hamilton native and longtime Fairfield resident. “He never knew he was a legend.”
….. Several speakers broke down as they remembered Nuxhall’s gifts to the community he called home.
“He never thought he was anything special,” said Fairfield Mayor Ronald D’Epifanio. “I wish…well, he’s here and he’s wondering again, ‘Why for me?’”
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