This Date in Baseball History – May 21st


Imagine a typical high school freshman. Now imagine a typical Major League hitter.

Now imagine that high school freshman pitching to that Major League hitter in a live game.

That image is rare and intimidating, but Joe Nuxhall did just that with the Cincinnati Reds in 1944, and on May 21st, 1952, Nuxhall, then 23, returned to the Major Leagues for the second of 16 seasons in the Majors, 15 of which he spent with the Reds. The two-time All-Star pitched two-thirds of an inning for the Reds in 1944, giving up five earned runs on two hits.

Mick Gillispie told the story of Nuxhall’s return to the Majors in Tennessee’s game with Mobile Wednesday night.


Categories: This Date in Baseball History


The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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