This day in baseball: Cincinnati signs Nuxhall

Having obtained his parents’ permission, Joe Nuxhall signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds on February 18, 1944 at the age of fifteen years old.  Nuxhall would become the youngest player ever to appear in a major league game, tossing 2/3 of an inning for Cincinnati that June, with forty-nine days to go until his sixteenth birthday.

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4 Comments on “This day in baseball: Cincinnati signs Nuxhall”

  1. verdun2 says:

    I remember him more as an announcer than as a pitcher.

  2. wkkortas says:

    I wonder if Nuxhall threw a goo ball back then–instead of going to his mouth on the mound, he could just pop a pimple and load up the ball that way.

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