Joe Nuxhall, the yougest mlb starter and southpaw who began a long career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1943, at the age of 14, has died at the age of 79. Although he was a great ballplayer, he will be known by most as half of the Voice of the Reds along with his partner Marty Brenneman. For 31 years the duo broadcast for 700WLW. My Dad was the world's greatest Reds fan, so I heard ALOT of these guys growing up.
Joe would always sign off by saying "this is Joe Nuxhall rounding third and heading for home".
I think Marty's signature line says it even better today: "And This One Belongs to the Reds".
I know my Dad met Joe today in heaven with a cold Old Milwaukee Light.
Wow - it has been awhile since I updated The LC, non? Let me get you caught up:
O-H! I-O! - Last weekend I drove to Columbus for the Ohio State - Wisconsin game. I drove with Jake on Thursday, and 51% was going to fly in on Friday to join us. After the 12 hour drive, I was taking Jake for a walk through the old hood and 51% called to say he was on the way to the airport to fly to Ohio early. Me thinks he just didn't want to sit in the car for 12 hours. I greeted him at the airport with a Rotolo's Pizza and a case of beer, which we devoured on the way back to our place (he devoured the beer, natch, as I was driving). Friday I had a million appointements scheduled: vet for Jake, eye doctor and dentist for me, and I stopped by to see one of my sisters in Wo-Town, and had lunch with another in Grandview. Yes I know there are vets and dentists in NYC and even The LC but we've had the same ones since I was a kid. We had dinner with our best friends, and it was great to have a relaxing dinner that I didn't have to cook!
Saturday was the big game. We left our place 30 minutes before gametime and still managed to park in our normal garage and get to our seats in the Shoe before kickoff. The game was awesome, we wiped the Badgers 38-17, the weather was perfect, and it was great to be back in Ohio for at least one of the games. We have season tix, but never get back for more than a few games. This would be our only trip this season. Our family and friends love us, needless to say.
NYC - We drove back to CT on Sunday, with 51%'s mom tagging along for a late fall visit before the weather gets too bad. We made it to The LC Sunday evening, had a nice pasta dinner, and went to bed early for our normal 5:00AM Monday morning drive into the city. To say that it was a busy work week would be an understatement - one night until 1:30AM. On Tuesday, in the midst of all the deadline surfing, 51% and I had to attend a benefit reception at the Sheraton for Youth I.N.C, a NYC umbrella organization that feeds funds to several small nonprofits that help NYC's underprivledged youth. A friend of ours from Bear is heavily involved in one of the non-profits, Camp Interactive. Because we were late, we had time for 1/2 a drink before the program started. And what a program it was - a private hour long concert by Jennifer Holliday. She was fantastic. She has an amazing voice, and sang a variety of hits, ending of course with her (original) version of "And I'm Telling You I'm not Going". She brought the house down. Fantastic!
Now we are back in The LC for the weekend, the work pace hasn't stopped, but at least we have a bit of breathing room for a day or so. I have a huge dinner planned for tonight - filets and lots and lots and lots of wine and champagne. 51% is responsible for a roaring fire, Jake is responsible for barking at the coyotes and deer, and 51%'s mom is responsible for falling asleep before dinner is even on the table.
I think that brings us up to date. Sorry for the absence. Did I say work is insane? Oh yeah, and every free minute I have to jump on the computer, I'm diving into my latest obsession - Facebook. Yeah, don't get me started.
Bucks play Illinois at 3:30 today - hoping to become 11-0!
I almost forgot: today is the 232nd Birthday of the Marine Corps. My Dad, who was a Marine, always got a kick out of the fact that my sister was also born on this day. She didn't love it so much, waking up to be told "Happy Marine Corps Birthday". Anyway, Happy Birthday Sue and The Corps!