Nuxhall on the ballot
The Nuxie campaign obviously worked:
From the Reds:
COOPERSTOWN, NY – A record 122,505 fan votes were cast online at http://www.baseballhall.org/ throughout November, as fans chose three of 10 names to comprise the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award ballot, given annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
Joe Nuxhall (82,304 fan votes), Bill King (7,659) and Joe Morgan (6,065) earned spots on the ballot through the online vote, taking place exclusively at http://www.baseballhall.org/, the online home of the Museum. The three fan selections will be joined by broadcasters Tom Cheek, Ken Coleman, Dizzy Dean, Tony Kubek, Graham McNamee, Dave Niehaus and Dave Van Horne, who were selected by a research committee from the Cooperstown-based museum.
The winner of the 2008 Frick Award will be announced February 19. Voting will be conducted by a 20-member electorate, comprised of the 14 living Frick Award recipients and six broadcast historians/columnists, including past Frick honorees Marty Brennaman, Jerry Coleman, Gene Elston, Joe Garagiola, Ernie Harwell, Jaime Jarrin, Milo Hamilton, Harry Kalas, 2007 Frick winner Denny Matthews, Felo Ramirez, Vin Scully, Lon Simmons, Bob Uecker and Bob Wolff, and, historians/columnists Bob Costas (NBC), Barry Horn (Dallas Morning News), Stan Isaacs (formerly of NY Newsday), Ted Patterson (historian), Curt Smith (historian) and Larry Stewart (Los Angeles Times).
Now in its fifth year, the Museum’s online fan balloting established a record for votes cast and for most votes by a single candidate, as Nuxhall totaled nearly 50,000 more votes than the 34,705 received by Lon Simmons in 2003, as he secured a position on the 2004 ballot. More than 105,000 votes were in cast in November 2003, for the 2004 Award ballot, the previous single-month vote total in the fan selection. In 2006, King (11,943), Nuxhall (8,049) and Ken Harrelson (6,795) were selected by fans for the 2007 ballot through the online vote, with Kansas City’s Denny Matthews winning the award.
FSN Ohio will air a Spotlight special on Reds legend Joe Nuxhall, Tuesday, December 11th at 8:00 pm.
On June 10th, 1944, Joe Nuxhall made baseball history, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds at the age of 15. Since his major league debut and throughout his second career in broadcasting, Joe inspired generations of Reds fans and players. In November of 2007, Joe passed away, leaving an indelible mark on the Reds organization, and the game of baseball.
FSN Ohio’s George Grande takes viewers through the life and career of Joe Nuxhall, as documented in an interview taped just months before he passed away. Joe talks about his life, on and off the field, with commentary from special guests including some ex-teammates, current players, and various colleagues that discuss the man hailed as “The Old Left-Hander.”
Spotlight: Joe Nuxhall re-airs on the following dates and times on FSN Ohio:
12/13/07 @ 8:00pm
12/14/07 @ 12:00pm