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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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Friday, November 16, 2007

Talking about Nuxie

Dave "Yid" Armbruster, his long-time engineer, summed up perfectly how Joe Nuxhall made guys our age feel:

"He's like the best uncle you ever had. I thought of him like that. I thought of him as almost a father figure later. He was the cool uncle, who would talk to you the way most grownups wouldn't talk to you. That was my impression."

Bob Castellini, John Allen, Tom and Dick Williams, Tom Browning and Chuck Harmon were at the press gathering the Reds held to talk about Nuxie. So was the guy probably as close to Nuxie as anyone in the organization, clubhouse man Bernie Stowe.

"He grew on me like my big brother," Stowe said. "The game would be over. We'd be on the road and he'd say, 'let's go get a beer and a sandwich.' Everybody said how cheap he was. I guess he liked the little guy because he took care of me.

Stowe said through all his recent tough times Nuxie remained upbeat and was at peace.

"He'd say, 'We all got to die. They can't save me forever,'" Stowe said. "What a man."


at 3:09 PM Blogger Luke H said...

Those are 2 great recollections of Joe. He meant a lot to countless Reds fans. Thanks, John.

at 3:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than just the Hall, I hope this puts a fire under the Reds PR people to have Nuxhall's number retired. I want to see 43 (his first number----he later wore 39 and 41) up on the wall.
I remember once after going to an opening day game, I think it was 84 against the Mets, I went with my family for dinner at Grammer's ( a great German restaurant that isn't there anymore) and in walked Joe Nuxhall! I wish I'd asked him for an autograph, but I was afraid of being rude. I was 13 at the time. I guess just seeing him in person was enough for me back then

at 3:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike from West Palm
Cincinnati Reds Radio will never be the same. I remember growing up many nights me and my grandpa sitting on the front pourch listening to Marty and Joe. Cincinnati is known for many traditions like Greaters,Skyline and Montgomety Inn. Now lets add summer nights and Joe Nuxhall to that list.Joe has rounded 3rd for the last time and is now at home.

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