What was scheduled to be a four-hour visitation lasted more than seven hours Tuesday night as Joe Nuxhall's many friends, fans, and admirers paid homage to the Reds' legend at Fairfield High School.
Whether the visitor was Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Reds' owner Bob Castellini, Ken Griffey Senior or Junior, Sean Casey, or just someone who grew up listening to Joe on the radio, the Nuxhall family greeted every visitor in person.
Nuxhall's long-time radio partner Marty Brennaman had a tear in his eye when he said that his friendship with Joe was like nothing he'd ever experienced or ever would again.
Nuxhall's body was surrounded by a massive and impressive display of photos and other memorabilia documenting his remarkable life, from his improbable but brief stint with the Reds at age 15, when many regular players were called to fight in World War II, to his rise through the minors and return to the major leagues, to his long career, almost all of it with the Reds, to his decades in the Reds' radio booth.
Many more fans were expected to pay their respects on Wednesday on the funeral procession that was laid out to pass many of the important landmarks in Nuxhall's life in Hamilton and Fairfield.
Nuxhall died late Thursday while hospitalized with heart trouble. His passing came amid a campaign by the Butler County commissioners to nominate him for the baseball Hall of Fame's Ford Frick Award, for baseball broadcasters. That campaign is continuing.