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Baseball star establishes scholarship fund
February 1, 1999
Former UConn baseball All-American Charles Nagy and his wife Jacquelyn have donated $100,000 to the Athletic Development Fund to establish the Charles and Jacquelyn Nagy Endowed Baseball Scholarship.
The contribution from the Nagy family is eligible for a 1:2 match under the state's UConn 2000 matching gifts program, increasing the total gift for an endowed baseball scholarship to $150,000.
"This is a wonderful gesture of support of UConn athletics and our baseball program," said Lew Perkins, director of athletics.
"During his career at Connecticut, Charles Nagy developed into one of the nation's top collegiate stars and he's continued to stay connected to our baseball program while becoming one of major league baseball's top right-handed pitchers. Now, Charles and his wife Jacquelyn have stepped forward with a major financial commitment which will assist future Husky baseball student-athletes," Perkins said. "We are honored, and very pleased, that Charles and Jackie have chosen this special manner to continue their involvement with the University of Connecticut."
A product of Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Nagy was a two-time Big East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year and two-time all-New England selection at UConn in 1987 and 1988. He was a 1988 collegiate All-American. In his two seasons at UConn, Nagy struck out 194 batters, an achievement that still ranks No. 4 on UConn's career list.
Following his second year at UConn, Nagy was selected in the first round of the 1988 major league baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians. Before moving into professional baseball in spring 1989, he became the first UConn athlete to earn an Olympic gold medal as a member of the U.S. Olympic Baseball Team, which took first place honors in the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Nagy reached the major leagues with Cleveland Indians in 1990, only his second year in professional baseball. In nine major league seasons, Nagy has compiled a 104-75 record and has been a two-time pick as an American League All-Star (1992, 1996). He was the AL's starting pitcher in the 1996 All-Star game in Philadelphia.
"Charles Nagy was an important part of the Connecticut baseball program during his college years," said Andy Baylock, UConn's head baseball coach, "and he continues to be a true Husky a decade after starting his superb professional