Joe Nuxhall, longtime Cincinnati Reds pitcher and broadcaster, passed away late Thursday in Cincinnati at age 79. The cause of death was cancer. (Accounts differ on the exact day of death.)
Nuxhall made his major league debut at age 15 (the youngest confirmed age of any major leaguer ever, altthough Fred Chapman most likely has him beat) on June 10, 1944. He would return the majors again in 1952 and pitch briefly for the Kansas City A's (missing the Reds NL pennant in 1961) and the Los Angeles Angels, before returning to Cincinnati and retiring after the 1966 season. Nuxhall worked for the Reds as a broadcaster from 1967-2004.