Following Public Support, Nuxhall Historical Marker Receives Approval
By: Jeff Gambrell
HAMILTON – After several months of rallying for community support and raising thousands of dollars through private donations and grant funding, Hamilton’s North End Citizens for Community Action (NECCA) can finally breathe a sigh of relief. This comes after recently learning their application for a historical marker commemorating Joe Nuxhall was accepted as a finalist for the Ohio Historical Marker Program.
Joe Nuxhall and The Cincinnati Reds
Nuxhall, a Cincinnati Reds icon and local philanthropist is a native to Hamilton’s North End neighborhood. He was first discovered by the Cincinnati Reds scouts at the age of fourteen while playing at the recently dedicated ‘Joe Nuxhall Ball Fields’ (formerly North End Athletic Fields). Soon after, he became the youngest player to appear during a Major League game. NECCA hopes to organize a dedication ceremony for the marker’s installation as part of next year’s ‘Joe Nuxhall Day!’ hosted at the ball fields.
“Receiving word that our application was approved is great news!”, says Tim Spoonster who spearheaded the Nuxhall marker project. “It comes as the result of the efforts of many people over the last twelve years to honor ‘Hamilton Joe’ in his old North End neighborhood. This, however, is just the first step. It is time for organized baseball for our kids to return here after more than a thirty-year absence. That is truly how we can continue to honor Joe’s legacy”.
Ohio History Connection reviewed over seventy applications as part of their Ohio Historical Marker Program. The Joe Nuxhall marker was one of only twenty-seven selected for this and also one of only ten to receive a $1,000 grant from the Historical Markers Grant Program. NECCA raised over $4,775 with private donations and grant funding combined. Any leftover funds are planned to be used as a startup for a new baseball league. More details regarding the dedication ceremony for the marker to follow.