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.