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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Nuxhall out of hospital, begins cancer treatment

Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and broadcaster Joe Nuxhall was released from a hospital Tuesday and began treatment for a recurrence of cancer.

The 78-year-old Nuxhall stopped by the team's spring training complex and talked to players for a few minutes before going to get chemotherapy.

Nuxhall had surgery for prostate cancer in February 1992. An examination at Sarasota Memorial Hospital found that cancer had returned.

Nuxhall is the youngest player to appear in the major leagues during the modern era. He was 15 when he pitched for the Reds on June 10, 1944, helping to fill out their roster during World War II.

The left-hander spent 15 of his 16 big league seasons with the Reds, and became a broadcaster after he retired.