Dulli Remembers Joe Nuxhall
I grew up in Hamilton, OH during the rise of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine. My grandmother and I used to sit outside on her patio in Lindenwald listening to Marty and Joe call the game. I loved them both but had never heard a voice as deep and warm as Joe Nuxhall’s. When she told me he was from Hamilton it made me feel special, like I was somehow famous too. A few years later when I had started playing Knothole, she or my parents would take me to Joe’s Batting Range in Joyce Park. I was in the cage once in 1975 hacking at pitches when I heard that voice behind me say “You’re dropping your shoulder, boy”. I turned around and it was the great man himself smiling that big smile of his. When I got out of the cage, I went over to the table where he was sitting and started asking him questions about the Reds, batting tips and how to throw a knuckleball. He answered every question I asked and signed a ball for me, which I still have. He told me that this year’s team was going to win it all and when they took Boston in Game 7, I smiled remembering our conversation. As I traveled around the country and got to listen to Jack Buck, Ernie Harwell, Harry Caray and the great Vin Scully, among others, I never once forgot that I got to grow up listening to the two best I ever heard. Joe Nuxhall was a great announcer and a kind man. I will never forget him.
New Orleans, LA