Madison Came Running, a Web Page dedicated to Downtown Madison, Indiana, is proud to present this tribute to an excellent Baseball Player; fans from Madison and Osgood enjoyed at Crosley Field and Riverfront Stadium Baseball Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hey! Madison Baseball Fans!

Who's The Most Popular Cincinnati Red?

Some "Oldtimers On Main Street" said they vote for Ernie Lombardi the ever popular Reds Catcher from the late 1930's and early 1940's. "Big Lom" was revered by fans of that era and was the first player elected into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Lombardi is also honored at Cooperstown.

Ernie Lombardi was a favorite, but there's someone even more popular, and recently the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club polled their fans from all eras for their choice, and they asked:

"Who's The Most Popular Cincinnati Red Of All Time?"

The choice of the fans was overwhelmingly, "Hamilton Joe Nuxhall" who holds many records in Cincinnati Reds Stats plus (beloved) partner of Marty Brennaman, Reds long-time radio announcer.

Now! - Joe Nuxhall, born Joseph Henry Nuxhall July 30, 1928 in Hamilton, Ohio, has his likeness cast in bronze at (Crosley Plaza) the entrance of the "Great American Ballpark" - Home of The Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team.

Joe Nuxhall

Wait! There's still more!

Whenever Baseball Fans and Commentators talk about the history of the game, one interesting subject will eventually surface. It is the story of a young man from Hamilton, Ohio who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field when he was 15 years old.

June 10, 1944

"Hamilton Joe" was interviewed on WLW Cincinnati Television about his selection as, most popular Cincinnati Red Baseball Player of all time, and Joe humbly said, "This is better than being in Baseball's Hall of fame, for it's Reds Fans who have honored me."

Madison Came Running could not agree more with the selection by Cincinnati Reds Fans. We have been among them since our first game at Crosley Field in 1937 when Ival Goodman played right field, and we have many great memories of subsequent games. There is a treasure on our office bulletin board that reads:

"Hamilton Joe Nuxhall"

Madison Came Running dedicates this item to the Madison Cubs, Shawe Hilltoppers, Coach Naylor of the Hanover Baseball Panthers, Emil Haberer who played for the Reds just after the turn of the century, Cincinnati Reds Fans in Osgood, Indiana, and Reds Fans everywhere.

Congratulations "Nux" for a well deserved honor.

November 15, 2007:

Joe Nuxhall passed from this life at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio.
The following is added to our "Nuxhall Tribute" -

Joe Nuxhall At Crosley Field

Joe Nuxhall Statute At Great American Ball Park

Ol' Left Hander Rounding Third & Heading For Home

Photos Courtesy:
Baseball Almanac, Cincinnati Reds, and Joe Nuxhall.

Roger Bean

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