Whenever Fairfield’s Charles Nagy stepped on the pitcher’s mound for the Cleveland Indians, the 6’3 intense right hander brought three tremendous attributes to the table: consistency, composure and durability. Those traits were critical to Nagy as he became one of the top pitchers in baseball throughout the 1990’s.

That command and composure was established long before the Fairfield native ever donned a professional baseball uniform. Charlie developed those traits on the sandlots of his home town and the playing fields at Roger Ludlowe High School. A three-sport star at the scholastic level, Nagy played baseball, basketball and football at Ludlowe, attracting nationwide attention for his obvious athletic skills.

Nagy opted to stay in his home state and attended the University of Connecticut. He then quickly showed that he could produce at the Division I level. Charlie was a two-time All-Big East Pitcher of the Year while at UConn, a two-time All-New England selection and posted a collegiate record of 10-7 with five saves and a 2.59 ERA.in 29 games, 19 starts. In those two seasons, the righty also struck out 194 batters. Charlie was also a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea where he led Team USA with a 1.05 ERA.

Drafted 17th overall in the first round of the June 1988 amateur draft by the Indians, he did not have to wait long before joining the big club. Possessing a 90-plus MPH. fastball, along with a superb curve and change up, Charlie made his big league debut on June 29, 1990 against the California Angels.

The following season, Charlie won 10 games for a woeful Indians team that finished in last place in the A.L. East and won only 57 games overall. But he had demonstrated the ability that would take him to the pinnacle of success.

From 1994-99, Nagy won 90 games for the Indians, leading the team to two World Series and a host of playoff appearances. He was a three-time American League All-Star, and started in the 1996 game.

In 1999, the Connecticut native showed he had not forgotten his Nutmeg State roots. Charlie and his wife Jackie established an endowed baseball scholarship at UConn with a gift of $100,000.

When Nagy left the Indians after the 2002 season, there was little question that he had established himself as one of the team’s greatest pitchers. He finished his career ranked fifth in club history in strikeouts (1,235), sixth in starts (297) ands 10th in games won (129). Charlie has also been named one of the Top 100 Greatest Indians.

After a brief stint with the San Diego Padres in 2003, Charlie began his post-baseball career as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations with the Cleveland Indians. He left that position for his current post as pitching coach for the Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

Earlier this year, Fairfield’s own Charlie Nagy was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. At the time he told mlb.com “It was a joy to be here and come to the park every day and watch Albert Belle hit home runs and Omar Vizquel turn double plays.”

Tonight it comes full circle for Charlie Nagy, when he returns to his roots and becomes one of the newest members of the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame.