This Day in Reds History: The Ol' Left-hander is the youngest player ever

Joe Robbins

On this day in 1877, the Reds and Cardinals played a Sunday exhibition game, which was the first Sunday game in NL history and the only one until 1892.

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On this day in 1924, the Reds bought outfielder Cliff Lee from the Phillies, which was about 88 years too early for Cincinnati.

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On this day in 1944, Joe Nuxhall made his major league debut with the Reds at the age of 15. He faced nine St. Louis batters, walked five of them, gave up two singles (one to Stan Musial), and recorded two outs on balls in play. Nuxhall also threw in a wild pitch for good measure. The Reds lost, 18 - 0. Nuxhall wouldn't return to the major leagues for another eight seasons. When he did come back in 1952, he was still a young man of just 23 years old. He pitched through the end of the 1966 season, compiling a career record of 135 - 117 with a 3.90 ERA (98 ERA-) in 2,300 innings. Nuxhall remains the youngest player to ever appear in a major league game, which is a record that will probably be broken about the same time that Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no-hitters record is broken.

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On this day in 1973, former Red Pokey Reese was born in Columbia, S.C.

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On this day in 1989, former Red Joe Stripp died in Orlando at the age of 86.

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On this day in 1997, former Red Mark Bellhorn made his big league debut with the Oakland Athletics.

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