Two of the biggest names connected with the Cincinnati Reds will be part of the opening celebration Saturday of the newest addition to Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.
Just-retired, Baseball Hall Of Fame radio announcer Marty Brennaman will be joined by Reds Manager David Bell as special guests at the ceremonies opening a mini-golf course specially designed for children and adults with disabilities.
Both the Reds radio legend and Bell will be featured speakers at the event, which is free and open to the public. The grand opening is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Field, at Hatton Park at 4850 Groh Lane.
Brennaman retired last month after a broadcasting career with the Reds that started in 1974.
Brennaman and Nuxhall, known lovingly to Reds fans as “Marty and Joe,” broadcast Cincinnati games together full-time from 1974 to 2003.
Joe Nuxhall, who died in November 2007, was a long-time champion for the disabled and envisioned having a complex such as the Miracle League Field.
Nuxhall, who was born in Butler County’s city of Hamilton and lived most of his life in nearby Fairfield, became the youngest person to play in a Major League Baseball game when he pitched two-thirds of an inning on June 10, 1944 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The eventual Reds Hall of Fame pitcher and announcer was 15 years, 10 months and 12 days old.
Nuxhall later partnered with Brennaman and became a beloved duo for legions of radio listeners following the Reds.
Fairfield city officials describe the facility as featuring “two rubberized fields with brick dugouts with electrical outlets for the use of kids who need oxygen, or a charge for their wheelchair.”
“There is a ‘Red Monster’ wall, on each field, in left field to give the kids the feeling of playing in an actual major league baseball stadium. The LED video board gives players the ability to watch themselves as they are out on the field playing the game. Stadium like seating and a fully functional concession area provides spectators an enjoyable stadium like experience while viewing games,” said officials.
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