Sunday, September 19, 2004

Fitting tribute to Reds legend

Joe Nuxhall: 61 years of memories honored

By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer

The Reds' tribute to Joe Nuxhall ran a little long Saturday night.

That's understandable. After 61 years as a player, broadcaster and legend, Nuxhall had a lot of people to thank.

Nuxhall thanked his family. He thanked the Reds organization. He thanked the players. And he thanked the fans - from the box seats to the bleachers.

"We really appreciate it," Nuxhall said. "Baseball has been my life. You can't look at it any other way."

This season was supposed to be Nuxhall's last. But Nuxhall has met with chief operating officer John Allen about coming back, and he will be. "We've put something together," Nuxhall said. "I'll be hanging around here for years."

Allen presented Nuxhall with $25,000 checks for his two charities - the Joe Nuxhall Scholarship Fund and the Character Education Fund.

Kroger, a long-time sponsor, presented Nuxhall with 61 $100 gift cards.

There was also a video tribute to Nuxhall, recalling his career as a player and broadcaster. Al Michaels, the radio partner who preceded Marty Brennaman, recorded a video message for Nuxhall.

Brennaman, the emcee, spoke for a lot of people when he said: "Joe, I love you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."

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