The youngest player of the 20th century to reach the majors, Nuxhall was an exceptionally
promising schoolboy pitcher, signed by the Reds with special permission from his
school principal. He was 15 years, 10 months, and 11 days old on June 10, 1944, when
manager Bill McKechnie
sent him in to pitch the ninth inning of a game hopelessly
lost to the Cardinals. He yielded five runs on two hits and five walks, while retiring
only two batters. He pitched seven years in the minors to earn a second
returned to the Reds in 1952. He won a career-high 17 games in 1955, leading the
league with five shutouts, and pitching 3-1/3 scoreless innings in the All-Star Game
He began having arm trouble in 1960, was traded to the A's in 1961, and hooked on
with the Angels briefly in 1962. A lifetime .198 batter with 15 home runs, in 1961
he hit .292 and contemplated continuing his career as a pinch hitter/first baseman.
But he bounced back as a pitcher, returning to the Reds for the 1962 stretch drive
and going 5-0. In 1963, he was 15-8, with a career-low 2.61 ERA. Nuxhall retired
just before Opening Day 1967, to make room on the roster for rookie Gary Nolan
become a Reds broadcaster.