JOE NUXHALL BECOMES THE YOUNGEST MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYER AT AGE 15- THIS DATE IN 1944

 

Bill McKechnie and Joe Nuxhall

On this day in 1944 Joe Nuxhall became the youngest person to play in a major league baseball game-he was at the time six weeks shy of his 16th birthday. Keep in mind this was during World War II and a number of major league players were in the service at the time. Nuxhall didn’t do very well- he came into the game in the 9th inning with his team the Cincinnati Reds down 13-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the game at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field.. The 15 year old lefty got the first batter he faced out before walking five batters, giving up two hits, a wild pitch and eventually five runs. That would be Nuxhall’s only appearance in the majors that season. He would make a return at the age of 23 in 1952 and go on to a long career as a major league pitcher. He would win 135 games in a career that ended in 1966. He would go on to becoming an announcer for the Reds in 1967 until 2007. He died in November 2007 at the age of 79. Joe Nuxhall spent 62 of his 64 baseball seasons as a player and announcer in the Cincinnati Reds organization. I think Nuxhall’s record is safe. I don’t see another 15 year old appearing in a MLB game.

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