The Miami baseball team has reached its most exciting week of non-conference play.
Starting Tuesday, the RedHawks will look to defend their crown in the annual Joe Nuxhall Classic. Miami won the tournament for the first time last year.
The Joe Nuxhall Classic, which debuted in 2009, is a two-day tournament that features Cincinnati, Wright State, Xavier and Miami. It was founded to honor Joe Nuxhall and to celebrate Southwest Ohio baseball.
Affectionately nicknamed “the ol’ left-hander,” Nuxhall pitched in the Major Leagues for sixteen years—including fifteen with the Cincinnati Reds—before becoming a Reds announcer in 1967. He continued to call games until his death in 2007.
Nuxhall still holds the record for the youngest player to ever appear in a Major League game. He pitched two-thirds of an inning on June 10, 1944 at the age of fifteen. A two-time all-star, he finished his pitching career with 135 wins and a 3.90 earned run average. He grew up less than thirty minutes from Oxford in Hamilton, Ohio.
Wright State holds the most tournament crowns with four. Cincinnati has three titles, while Miami and Xavier each have one.
In a rematch of last season’s championship, Miami will host Xavier in the first round of the Classic on Tuesday at Hayden Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. and fans can hear all the action on RedHawk Radio’s live stream on YoutubeLive.