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.
4 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Cincinnati signs Nuxhall”
I remember him more as an announcer than as a pitcher.
I imagine that’s true for a lot of folks anymore.
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.
That’s …. wow, I can’t decide whether to laugh or to gag.