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This Day in Reds History - June 10

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On this day in 1944 Joe Nuxhall made his Major League debut for the Reds.

 

Joe was just 15 years, 10 months, and 11 days old when he came into a blow-out game against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Reds lost that day 18-0 and Joe wouldn't be back in a Reds uniform until 1952. Joe came into the game with the Reds trailing 13-0. He walked one and retired two batters before seeing Stan Musial on deck. Nuxhall then melted down, allowing five earned runs and failing to retire another batter. His line was 2/3 of an inning, 2 hits, 5 walks, 5 runs allowed (all earned). His ERA when he left was 67.50.  Joe had this to say about his first game:

"Probably two weeks prior to that, I was pitching against seventh, eighth and ninth graders, kids 13 and 14 years old. All of a sudden, I look up and there's Stan Musial"

 

Overall, Joe handled Musial pretty well in their careers.

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