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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Nuxie's visitation

I just got back from Joe Nuxhall's visitation. The response to his death continues to be stunning. There were probably 500 people in line at 3 o'clock and the doors didn't open to the public until 4. There was talk visitation will go to at least 10.

The pictures from his career stirred a lot of memories and choked up a lot of people.

John Erardi asked Marty Brennaman if Joe had lived a full life. "Yes, he did. He got his money's worth with no change back."

Well put.

Ken Griffey Jr, Barry Larkin, Sean Casey, Johnny Bench, Tommy Helms, Don Gullett, Jom O'Toole, Chuck Harmon, Doug Flynn, Buddy Bell were among those in attendance.

But the overwhelming thing was the number of everyday fans.

The only way to explain it is the power of kindness. Joe was an extraordarinarily nice man. He was a star who never lost touch with his roots because he never thought of himself as a star. He made everyone feel like they were his favorite.

RIP, Nuxie.


at 10:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My whole experience took nearly four to get through from start to finish and every second was well worth it. Total strangers, of all ages, bonded with stories of the Ole Lefthander. The grace and dignity the family showed while greeting the thousands of mourners, would make Joe proud. Thank you to the Nuxhall family for allowing us fans to be apart of this grieving and celebration of the most valued member EVER of the Cincinnati Reds family.

God Speed Nuxie!

at 10:51 PM Blogger Dan H said...

Sometimes you don't realize and acknowledge the number of lives a erson has touched and affected until his passing. Besides the statue, microphone, and 'rounding third...' sign at GABP, how about naming the press box "The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Press Box".

at 1:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's sad, but true.
Just ONE current RED made the effort to go say goodbye to Joe Nuxhall yesterday.

I will NEVER spend another dime in that dump of a ballpark on that team ever again.

I hope others out there are with me.
And -I'm 38 - so, hopefully I have a LOT of years left to never let people forget how these overpaid, lazy cry babies couldn't take the time to honor our Joe Nuxhall.

at 3:46 PM Anonymous Greg said...

I didn't know Mr. Nuxhall, but I have listened to the Reds since I was a kid. I am 33 now. As trite as it sounds, he was like that uncle who would come over for visits with the family. Then he would "head for home". I think the tributes are fine, the words spoken are nice, and the desire to name things after him are wonderful. But it seems to me that he has a legacy that reaches far beyond monuments and far beyond words. His legacy is in the lives he touched through his family, his kindness to others, and his charitable work that will impact generations to come. Thank you for every trip around the bases, Joe.

at 6:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand from reading the blogs the Ken Griffey Jr was the only current player that attended the visition. If that is true I think that is the worst showing of respect that I had ever seen.

at 3:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too find it hard to believe that only 1 current player was there. I understand that a guy like Harang lives in San Diego and has a pretty young child and might not be able to make it back to Cincy for this but do ALL the other players leave Cincinnati when the season is done? Very hard to understand. John could you shed some light on that?


at 12:17 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Griffey was only current Red I saw. No Reds live here in the offseason. Another part of it is so many of the players are new that a lot of them weren't with the team when Nuxie was doing games full-time. Still, I was surprised more were not there.

at 4:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where was Pete Rose???

at 10:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete Rose made the trip from L.A. for Joe, I also was told that only one active player attended Joe's golf tournament last Summer and that was Josh Hamilton who probably knew Joe the least.

What a disgrace....


at 7:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Nuxhall Field @ Great American Ballpark

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