Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

July 13, 2014

REDS MADNESS: Roundin' second, headin' for third

ASHLAND — No one will ever step foot onto a major league mound at age 15 again.

And, can you imagine the media circus if it happened?

Joe Nuxhall was just a pup when he first went up against the big dogs in 1944. He faced nine batters and gave up five runs.

Over the years, 15 of which he spent with the Reds, he eventually reduced that 67.50 earned run average to a respectable 3.90 ERA. He amassed 135 wins and was a two-time All-Star.

While Paul Derringer's numbers (223 wins) overpower Nuxhall's, the Ol' Lefthander's popularity prevailed in The Independent's Reds Madness.

Seeded No. 3 in the Mr. Red region, Nuxhall knocked off No. 2 Derringer by a 54-46 percentage-point count.

After his playing career, Nuxhall became known for beautifully botching names — he once called former catcher Javier Valentin Jose Valentine — supplying musical background noise — "Get out, get out! Bye bye baseball!" he'd yell as Marty Brenneman described a home run — and interweaving lengthy pauses throughout a radio broadcast. Sometimes you'd have your hand on the dial thinking you'd lost the station before a faint "beer here!" assured you that you were still tuned in.

His famous sign-off was "This is the Ol' Lefthander, rounding third and headed for home."

One time in 1999, the Reds had just conquered the Cardinals for an important day-game win. Following the postgame show, Nuxhall threw a changeup, saying, "This is the Ol' Lefthander, rounding third and headed for Montgomery Inn."

Nuxhall was adored by fans until he died in 2007. And he still is today.

Next up, though, for Nuxie is powerhouse pitcher Jim Maloney, who easily beat Mario Soto to move into the Elite Eight.

Fittingly for those who vividly remember the Big Red Machine, Gary Nolan will face off against Don Gullett. What a matchup, huh?!

And for those who recall details from the wire-to-wire season in 1990, Jose Rijo is set to take on Tom Browning in the round of eight.

Old-timer Bucky Walters is pitted against Tom Seaver for a Final Four spot.

Only one position player matchup was close, in terms of our readers' votes, in the Sweet Sixteen round.

Of the total points Vada Pinson and George Foster received, Foster gathered 54 percent of them as he narrowly advanced to an uncovered face-off with Frank Robinson.

Pinson possessed all the tools at an early age. He could hit the gaps — he led the National League in doubles in both 1959 and 1960 — and he could zip along the basepaths. He tallied seven seasons containing 20-plus steals and led the NL in triples twice while a Red.

However, chicks (and everybody else) dig the long ball, right? From 1976 to 1979, Foster cranked 151 homers and drove in a whopping 488 runs. He finished in the top 12 in MVP voting in each of those seasons, claiming the award in 1977.

Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose cruised to easy victories in the Sweet Sixteen.

The Elite Eight is comprised of all Nos. 1 and 2 seeds. The group includes five Big Red Machine members — Bench, Morgan, Rose, Foster and Tony Perez.

Rounding out the remaining field are Ted Kluszewski, who faces Bench, Barry Larkin, who is up against Morgan, and Robinson.

Remember to return Tuesday for the much-anticipated moments that involve the unmasking of the three best Reds (manager, pitcher, position player) of the last 80 seasons, in our readers' eyes.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664. Follow @DindependentQB on Twitter.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0729kypgaJr0034.jpg Golfers go out with an encore

    Evan Goble said he “wasn’t completely ready for a playoff” on Monday.
    That didn’t stop him from holing two pressure-packed playoff putts to win the 13-14-year-old division of the final event of the summer on the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour at Bellefonte Country Club.
     

    July 29, 2014 4 Photos

  • EKC Grid-O-Rama set for Aug. 15-16

    The annual Eastern Kentucky Conference football scrimmage contests are set for Aug. 15-16 at Fleming County and Raceland.

    July 29, 2014

  • Holliday embraces high expectations

    As Marshall football prepares to return to the gridiron to begin fall practice Aug. 4, this season the program finds itself labeled something that it has not been in many years: a favorite.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mobley, Jude key for EKU

    Eastern Kentucky coach Dean Hood has revamped the Colonels’ defense in hopes of containing OVC opponents’ spread offenses.

    July 29, 2014

  • ZACK KLEMME: Punchless Reds wasting solid pitching

    The last nine days have been an exercise in understanding just how slim the margin for error is for baseball teams — even good ones — that can’t score.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726fbPrac0079.jpg Practice rolls on as kickoff approaches in less than 5 weeks

    As high school football teams strap on helmets and prepare for Friday nights next month, the theme of the first couple of weeks of practice for most is simple.
    You gotta work. Hard.
    And if you don’t, it’ll be exposed come Aug. 22.
    “Everybody looks good in helmets,” Ashland coach Tony Love said with a grin. “We’re all undefeated. There’s a lot of work to get done.
    “Our coaches and kids, we all know it, and that’s why they’re here and we’re here, and we’re gonna push hard every day.”

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • kenzie-breaststroke.jpg Pennington makes push for Nationals

    Swimmer Kenzie Pennington had one last chance to make the cut for this year’s YMCA Long Course National Championships.
    The 15-year-old from Ashland didn’t disappoint.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Salyers shoots 75 for title at Lakeside

    Baylee Salyers of Flatwoods shot a 3-over par 75 at Lakeside Golf Course on Thursday to win the Girls Open division of the Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour event.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone