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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Joe Nuxhall Way?

Jane Prendergast reports from City Hall:

Cincinnati City Councilman David Crowley today asked city council to rename the portion of Main Street that includes the ballpark Joe Nuxhall Way.

The Reds general offices at Great American Ball Park are at 100 Main Street.

Crowley wants the change to occur by June 10, the day set aside by the Reds to honor Nuxhall, who was a Reds player and broadcaster for 64 years.

Nuxhall died in November at the age of 79. An exhibit honoring Nuxhall is at the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

No immediate response from other councilmembers about the idea.

What do you think about it?


31 Comments:

at 2:46 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duh.

I'm surprised it isn't already named for him.

Rest in peace, Joe.

 
at 3:04 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.

Fantastic way to honor the old left-hander !


 
at 3:10 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is a wonderful idea. Lets try and make Cincinnati a city that has an identity!

 
at 3:17 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea. It shouldn't occupy any more of Council's time than it takes to type this blog post.

 
at 3:20 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better idea is change the name of Pete Rose Way to Joe Nuxhall Way. You should never name a street after someone who is alive, they may do something to make you regret it.

 
at 3:23 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether it's a street or some other place, I think a public honorarium to Joe is completely appropriate.

 
at 3:46 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it is not too costly for the Reds organization to make the change for their business, then why not? If not feasible, why not place dual signage to designate much like Euclid Avenue in Lexington, KY, which is also known as Avenue of Champions.

 
at 3:47 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea. I can't imagine the sign being anywhere else. No reason not to change it. I wonder if it could get done by June 10th, though, since it affects the mailing address of the Reds.

 
at 3:54 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think this is ridiculous. The Reds are about more than just one beloved announcer who passed away, sadly, last year. Changing the name of the street will only confuse people visiting our city. We honored Joe in plenty of ways when he was still living, but I fail to see the point of doing this.

 
at 3:55 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Main St. and re-name Pete Rose Way.

 
at 4:03 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an idea that even our city council can't get wrong. Giving a tribute like this to a great citizen is appropriate, we have already done this for Ruth Lyons, civil rights leaders, ministers, mayors and even Pete Rose. Great American Ballpark on Joe Nuxhall Way has a nice ring to it!

 
at 4:08 PM, March 26, 2008 Blogger Skippy said...

This one's easy...2 words, "No Brainer!"

 
at 4:22 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe is a heck of a lot more deserving than Pete.

 
at 4:26 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a great idea and I believe that the Enquirer should lead a (VOTE FOR JOE) campaign later this year when Joe is up for the HOF again. I believe we can do better and get him 500,000 votes this next go around. Let's get Joe in the HOF!!!

 
at 4:26 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds knee-jerk to me. Nuxy already has a statue in front of the ballpark and his famous radio signoff catch-phrase is illuminated on the side of the stadium in huge letters: "Rounding third and heading for home." Isn't that enough? His pitching career wasn't really all that from a hall-of-fame caliber standpoint, although he was certainly beloved by generations of fans who listened to him and Marty on the radio.

I say let it be, and keep the Reds' address as Main Street.

 
at 4:34 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous HRCLINTON said...

When we entered Bosnian airspace the sky was filled with the Serbian Luftwaffe intent on shooting down our humanitarian expedition. Sinbad manned the rear gun turret and Sheryl Crow... uhm... womanned the belly turret. The flak was very heavy in that dark, cold and rainy night. We could see the bright flashes and black oily smoke of the bursting shells. We had never flown a night mission before. It was hell!

 
at 5:07 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous LWK said...

Absolutely the right thing to do and I would be way prouder of that than I am of Pete Rose Way.

 
at 6:04 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crowley finally does something unrelated to the Iraq War and this is it?

Please leave. Now.

 
at 7:29 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe would have been embarrassed by this. Let the idea sit for a few years, then see. At the risk of sounding unpatriotic and un-Nuxhallotic, I really think it's a silly idea.

 
at 7:48 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You bet!!! Great idea for a gentleman who represented the Reds as well as the Queen City with love and pride!!

 
at 8:07 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree & Commisioner Portune should defer "First Pitch" to Kim Nuxhall.

Castellini doesn't need to suck up to some second-rate pol. Let Todd do it next year, if we can't get anyone more deserving.

 
at 8:26 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea, Cincinnati finally does something right and does not want any of us to forget what Joe stood for. Remember one word in his foundation is character, something we should all have.

 
at 9:09 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Nuxhall has a special place in most all Reds fans' hearts, but this does seem unnecessary. I agree with other comments that he already has been, and is, honored by existing landmarks, and also that this knee-jerk reaction of renaming stuff has gotten a bit out of control. Gotta hand it to Crowley, though - he sure is a pro at meaningless political grandstanding.

 
at 9:39 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Do it!!!!

 
at 10:09 PM, March 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be a "knee-jerk" sympathy move. He already has his signature line in huge, lighted letters on the side of the stadium.

 
at 12:57 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Crowley isn't shilling for Osama bin Laden today.

 
at 11:25 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm upset that the Holy Father has not begun the canonization process for Joe.

 
at 11:36 AM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too late - It's already been re-named Todd Portune Avenue.

 
at 12:48 PM, March 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Joe live in Cincinnati? NO
Should the City name a street after him? NO

If the City Council does do this, I think every person who only works in the City limits for 81 days of the year should have a equal chance to getting a street named after them.

 
at 10:25 AM, March 28, 2008 Anonymous Rick said...

Renaming a small portion of a major street is a well intentioned but typically boneheaded Cincinnati City Council idea. Out-of-towners 10 years from now who do not know who the great Joe Nuxall was will find it confusing after getting off I-75 onto 2nd street and going east to Main only to find Nuxall. Rename Pete Rose Way if you gotta but don't screw up naming conventions just for a feel-good, "hey everybody, look what I did" moment.

 
at 11:54 AM, March 29, 2008 Blogger Michael said...

I think a joint signage would be best.
People outside of Chicago don't know who Bob Bell was(the original Bozo the clown I'm told)
but there's a street in Chicago named after him.

I can't imagine Bozo the Clown had more of an impact on Chicago than Nuxie did on Cincinnati.

 
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