Most adolescents worry about acne and raging hormones. At 15, Joe Nuxhall had to worry about a stadium full of fans urging him--as a relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds--to thwart the St. Louis Cardinals. During a 1944 game, the Ohio teen--whose local-league dad had recommended him to the Reds when the team was depleted by World War II--stepped up and earned two outs before losing his cool. He didn't pitch again for the team for eight years, but Nuxhall, who in recent years was the radio-broadcast voice of the Reds, had become the youngest player in major league history. He was 79.


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