Friday, February 18, 2011


On this day in 1944, Joe Nuxhall signed with the Cincinnati Reds and the age very young age of 15.

Now, even to this day it is not uncommon for high school kids to sign with an MLB squad, but at 15? That is still pretty much unheard of, even in this day an age! In fact when Joey Nux took the hill for 2/3 of in inning in June of that year he became, and still is, the youngest player ever to appear in a Major League Baseball game at the age of 15 years and 316 days! This appearance was due in large part to a player shortage during WWII and he would not be called upon again until 1952, but nevertheless still impressive! He wasn't even old enough to drive for pete sake! I mean what were you doing at that age? Obviously, it wasn't pitching to major league hitters in a real live major league game!

"I was pitching against seventh-, eighth-, and ninth- graders, kids 13 and 14 years old.....All of a sudden I look up and there's Stan Musial and the likes. It was a very scary situation."- Joe Nuxhall

Joe Nuxhall is also one of my favorite baseball names ever and that's a fact!

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