"Nuxie just made you feel at ease, no matter what he was doing," Browning said. "It's just hard to fathom that he's not here. He was just a good man. He taught me how to hold myself up and how to deal with things. I thank him for allowing me to be a part of his life. He was awesome. I'm going to miss him. I love the man to death. He had a whole lot to do with my career, certainly with how I dealt with adversity and success as well.""What you see is what you get. You always knew where you stood," Reds chief operating officer John Allen said. "You knew he was speaking from the heart. One of his secrets to success was he could deal with anybody. It didn't matter who you were, what you were or what you did, he got along with everybody. He's really going to be missed." Few knew Nuxhall longer than longtime clubhouse manager Bernie Stowe. Their friendship went back about 60 years. "You never got tired of hearing Joe. He was unbelievable," Stowe said. "On the road, the game would be over and he'd say, 'C'mon, let's get a couple of beers and a sandwich.' Sometimes, the couple of beers turned into a handful of beers. Joe liked his beer and I liked my beer and the Burger Beer liked us for drinking so much." Whether or not he was calling games the past few years, Nuxhall was always a presence in the Reds' clubhouse. Even when his health began failing, it didn't take long for him to bounce back and head over to the ballpark. This past February when he was released from a hospital after being diagnosed with another case of lymphoma, he drove straight to the team's Spring Training complex so he could be around everybody. Current Reds players are expressed their condolences over the loss of Nuxhall. "Joe was a special person to have around," starting pitcher Aaron Harang said. "He loved baseball and all of the people around it. He was a special part of the Cincinnati Reds' legacy and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family." "I loved talking to Nuxy about the game back when he played," starter Matt Belisle said. "He had a true love of the game. He was a genuine character and Cincinnati icon who used his publicity to help area kids. Joe was one of the rare people whom you heard nothing but good things about."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.