Updated: Feb 24
FAIRFIELD, OH (February 22, 2023)—Bob Herzog, one of Cincinnati’s most revered television reporters and a host of Local 12’s Good Morning Cincinnati, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Joe Nuxhall Humanitarian Award. Herzog will be honored and receive his award at The Nuxhall Foundation’s annual Miracle Ball on Friday, October 27, 2023 at Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center in Fairfield.
Herzog was notified of his selection for the award during a surprise announcement live on Local 12 with his co-anchor, Sheila Gray, Nuxhall Foundation Executive Director Tyler Bradshaw, and 2022 Nuxhall Humanitarian Award recipient Teddy Kremer. (If you missed the announcement, check out the video on Local 12's website.)
"The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields are where hope and happiness live," says Herzog after the announcement of his award. "And everyone who visits gets to bring some of that with them wherever they go. I’ve experienced it. So to be given something else by this place… beyond the gift of hope and happiness… is something that’s hard to comprehend. I’m incredibly grateful to be part of a community that works so hard to do good things and to be among those who volunteer time and treasure to make the world a better place."
“Bob Herzog is the perfect selection for this year’s award because he is exactly the sort of broadcaster that my Dad loved,” says Kim Nuxhall, President and Board Chairman of The Nuxhall Foundation. “He is a tremendous storyteller with a gentle heart and, perhaps most importantly, he is a tireless advocate for Greater Cincinnati and our surrounding communities. It’s hard to quantify all the good that Bob has done for our organization over the years, and we are thrilled to recognize him for his service to our mission.”
Herzog joins an exclusive group of award recipients who have made a positive impact on their community and society while living out the character values that were important to The Ole Lefthander Joe Nuxhall. Previous recipients of the award include:
· Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds Broadcaster Marty Brennaman,
· Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame First Baseman Sean Casey,
· Pro Football Hall of Famer and Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz,
· Reds Community Fund Executive Director Charley Frank,
· The Family of Lance Corporal Taylor Prazynski,
· Local 12’s Sheila Gray, and
· Cincinnati Reds Batboy Teddy Kremer.
Bob joined the team at Local 12 in 2005, but his Cincinnati roots run deep. A West Side native, Bob is a graduate of Oak Hills High School and Xavier University. Bob also obtained a law degree from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Bob and his wife, Cali, have four children: Chloe, Sam, Danny, and Emma. Bob’s high-energy persona and characteristic wit and sense of humor has made him one of the most popular television news stars Greater Cincinnati has ever seen.
Bob’s connection and service to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields has helped the organization further it’s mission of “doing the best we can for as many as we can for as long as we can.” Since the event’s inception, Bob has served as an emcee and celebrity auctioneer at the Miracle Ball, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support recreational opportunities and offerings for special needs athletes. In 2022, Bob hosted an on-field dance party at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields, using his enthusiasm and fun-loving personality to create a memorable experience for the athletes and families who participated. In addition, Bob is a regular participant in the NUXY Bash, a celebrity softball game that commemorates Joe Nuxhall’s birthday.
“It’s not just what Bob does for us at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields that makes him worthy of this award,” says Nuxhall Foundation Executive Director Tyler Bradshaw. “It’s the fact that Bob helps countless nonprofits throughout our region raise awareness and funds to support the causes they champion. I would venture to say Bob is the de facto chief philanthropy officer for countless organizations because of the goodwill he creates.”
The Miracle Ball is the annual fundraiser supporting work at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields—a place where every individual with every challenge gets every chance to play the game of baseball. Tickets to the event are $150 per individual or $1,200 per table of eight, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org/miracleball.
The Nuxhall Foundation is the legacy foundation for former Major League Baseball pitcher and longtime Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. A central project of The Nuxhall Foundation is The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields—an entirely accessible baseball and recreational facility where every player with every challenge gets every chance to play. More than 200 players between ages 4 to 79 participate in programs at the Miracle League Fields.
For more information, visit http://www.nuxhallmiracleleague.org.
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