The scholarship is Kiesewetter’s favorite legacy as it’s given out nearly $1 million in college scholarships in honor of a man who never went to college. But Kiesewetter believes Nuxhall’s legacy is that it still exists “and it’s very strong” 14 years after his death.
“He is still as beloved today and is fondly remembered, and he continues to have an influence on this county,” he said.
The first time he spoke with Nuxhall was for a story in June 1986, but not long after moving to Fairfield, that’s when Kiesewetter first started hearing Nuxhall’s first-hand accounts of his baseball stories.
“It was Joe unplugged,” he recalled of the late 1980s Knights of Columbus. “It was an hour or more of telling stories without any notes, these great baseball stories.”
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Joe Nuxhall gives his thanks to the fans during Joe Nuxhall night at the Reds, at Great American Ballpark last year.
Kim Nuxhall, Nuxhall Foundation volunteer CEO and president, called Kiesewetter’s book “outstanding” and any fan of his dad is “just going to love it.”
One of the “coolest” stories he recalled from the book he didn’t know was when Joe Nuxhall was 12 years old, and he’d go caddy at the Elks to make a few bucks. In 1985, that’s the same golf course they began the Joe Nuxhall golf outing, and just celebrated 36 years.
The book is full of baseball and non-baseball stories, including the “iconic” Kroger commercials with Brennaman, Nuxhall’s baseball broadcast partner of 31 years.
“They came around in 1984 and by that time most of the (Big Red) Machine was gone,” said Kiesewetter, TV and media reporter for Cincinnati Public Radio. “The Kroger advertising manager wisely went with Marty and Joe, even though the out-of-town advertising experts were saying, ‘No, you ought to get a player.’ All of a sudden it wasn’t Marty and Joe on the radio, it was Marty and Joe, this comedy team on TV.”
“Joe Nuxhall: The Old Lefthander & Me” will be available at the Reds Hall of Fame in downtown Cincinnati, Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood, and Roebling Point Books and Coffee in Covington. It’s now available online at Amazon.com and Kiesewetter’s website, TVKiese.com.
Joe Nuxhall, Hamilton Night, Crosley Field, 1955. Photo courtesy of the Nuxhall family.
. Upcoming book tour events include speaking engagements on Oct. 11 at Joseph-Beth, Oct. 12 at the Miami Hamilton Downtown Center and Nov. 9 at Miami University Regionals Middletown’s Verity Lodge.
The book is $20, and $1 of every book sold will be donated to the Nuxhall Foundation.
Longtime Reds broadcaster and former pitcher Joe Nuxhall was beloved by thousands.
Kiesewetter will have speaking engagements at:
- 7 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood
- 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Miami Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High Street, and
- 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Miami University Regionals Middletown’s Verity Traditions speaker series
Additional book events are being scheduled for the coming months, but more information can be found at TVKiese.com.