The Nuxhall Foundation is partnering with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund to underwrite the program to retire Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson in an effort to promote formative values of good character, the organization said.
Kim Nuxhall, president of the Nuxhall Foundation, said the new program was initiated at the Fairfield vs. Middletown high school game. Nuxhall’s father was beloved former Cincinnati Reds star Joe Nuxhall, who went on to broadcast Reds games for decades.
The jersey retirement program was spearheaded by Marlon Sr., who was Nuxhall’s catcher in the minor leagues and is currently a scout for the Reds.
“I was a catcher, just like my dad,” Styles Jr. said.
“My dad has always been my life coach, not just my favorite baseball coach, and just like my mom they have both been the best life coaches,” he said.
“Seeing him (Styles Sr.) leading the charge to honor Jackie Robinson by having his number retired … gives me a chance as a son to look at him and tell him how proud I am of what he is doing to impact young children in this country.”