Nuxhall Still Long Way From Cooperstown
Wow! 82,304 votes to nominate Nuxie for the Ford C. Frick broadcasting award at the Baseball Hall of Fame. And the next guy, Oakland A's voice Bill King, got 7,659. That's wonderful... but no guarantee that the Ol' Lefthander will get the award, even with 67% of the fan vote.
Thom Brennaman pointed out last week on the "Reds Hot Stove League" call-in show that an analyst had never won the award. All previous Frick Award winners -- including Marty Brennaman in 2000, Red Barber, Vin Scully, Bob Uecker, Harry Kalas, Mel Allen, Harry Caray, Jack Buck -- have been play-by-play announcers. So if Nuxie wins it, it truly will be special.
This just in: Fox Sports Net Ohio will air "Spotlight: Joe Nuxhall" at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 11. Part of the show is an interview George Grande did with Nux "just months before he passed away," FSNO says. "Joe talks about his life, on and off the field, with commentary from special guests including some ex-teammates, current players, and various colleagues."
A footnote: Three of the 10 nominees have called Reds games. ESPN's Joe Morgan got his start doing Reds TV in 1985, the year Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's record. Ken Coleman did Reds TV 1975-79.
Can you name Morgan's TV partner? Or Coleman's TV partners?
And who's your all-time favorite Reds TV announcer? (I'd probably say Ed Kennedy and Frank McCormick from my childhood, since so few games were on TV and watching the Reds was special, although I loved Johnny Bench's insights.) Or your least favorite (Gee, there are so many: Steve LaMar? Gordy Coleman? Charlie Jones? Wes Parker? The Phys-Man? Boom Boom Hume? Jay Randolph?)