Charles Nagy provides relief for Team USA in Seoul
The same year Charles Nagy joined the Cleveland Indians organization he helped his country rule the world.
Nagy was selected in the first round of the 1988 amateur draft by the Tribe with the 18th overall pick following his career at the University of Connecticut.
Throughout 1988, Nagy made 19 appearances for Team USA , going 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA and a team-leading six saves. When the American squad ventured to Seoul, South Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics, Nagy appeared in two games, pitched two innings and earned a save.
Nagy was a part of the national team’s pitching staff that included fellow future major leagues Jim Abbott, Ben McDonald and Andy Benes.
Team USA went 6-2 during the Olympic games and defeated Japan 5-3 for the gold medal. The baseball medals however did not count in the official olympic counts because baseball was a demonstration sport at the Seoul games. Baseball was finally made a full Olympic sport in 1992 before being dropped altogether in 2008.
In 1999, Nagy was named to the 15-member All-Time USA Baseball team. Other players named to the team included Mark McGwire, Will Clark, Nomar Garciaparra, Robin Ventura and Charles Johnson.
Nagy made his major league debut with the Indians on June 29, 1990. Over his career he compiled a record of 129-105 in 318 appearances 1,242 strikeouts and 4.51 ERA,
He was named to the American League all-star team in 1992, 1996 and 1999. In 1996 he went 17-5 and finished fourth in the American League Cy Young balloting.
After 13 years with the Indians, Nagy retired in June 2003 after spending part of the season with the San Diego Padres.
He has remained a part of the Indians’ organization and is currently the pitching coach for the club’s top farm team, the Columbus Clippers.