By Illya Harrell on July 12, 2014
That's a monument of the late Joe Nuxhall, the youngest Major League Baseball player in history. He debuted with the Reds at age 15, pitched 0.2 innings, allowing five walks and five earned runs as a war-time replacement in 1944. "Nuxy" didn't pitch again for the team until 1952. More famous as a long time voice of the Reds, his broadcasting career lasted 40 years. The "ol' left-hander" is revered as a true Cincinnati icon.
Nothing against Thom Brennaman, he's a great guy. If he knew me, I'm sure he'd say the same because Thom seems never to have met anyone other than "great people." Unfortunately, he ranks last on the list of current Reds broadcasters. Brennaman is the king of starting an interesting story before the commercial break and leaving TV fans cliff-hanging for its completion, which never comes.
Jim Kelch ranks fifth by default. He's the newest member of the Reds broadcasting team. Only in his third season, fans are still getting to know him.
Jeff "The Cowboy" Brantley is entertaining as all get-out. His proudly Southern gentleman heritage comes across airwaves with a slew of colorful Southern colloquialisms. He's not afraid of taking jabs at his dietary preferences which seem limited to fried chicken, ribs and ice cream. As a pitcher for the Reds, he led the league in saves with 44 in 1996. His color commentary is always a fun and entertaining listen.
With his keen sense of humor and tremendous knowledge of the game, hearing a Chris Welsh broadcast makes it seem like you're listening to a tenured college professor. But unlike stale lecture halls, fans get to enjoy his teachings while watching or listening to a ballgame. What could be better than that?
George Grande has led a great life, and that positivity makes blowout games seem close. He played college ball and won a College World Series championship with the 1968 USC squad. Only a part-time announcer these days, it's impossible not to enjoy his "Smiling side of the scoreboard" attitude. Grande also served as master of ceremonies during the baseball Hall of Fame's inductions from 1980-to-2010.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman (Thom's dad) sticks to the radio side where he can share his honest opinions of the Reds, both good and curmudgeonly. Any Reds fan who does not agree that Marty is No. 1 needs their fanhood badge checked before being allowed entry through the gates of Great American Ball Park.
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