Charles "Chuck" Nelson
Induction Year: 2005
Charles "Chuck" Nelson of Tequesta, Fla., was a record-setting left-handed pitcher for the Yellowjackets. He enters the Hall of Fame holding two records for the Wisconsin State University Conference.
Mr. Nelson pitched for the Yellowjackets in 1966, when the team won the Wisconsin State University Conference and Region championships. He was twice named the team's co-Most Valuable Player and three times was named to the WSUC Academic All-Conference team.
In 1968, Mr. Nelson was named to the WSUC All-Conference team and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-Region team, and received Honorable Mention as an NAIA Little All-American. That year he ranked fifth in the nation among college pitchers for strikeouts per game at 14.2 and seventh in the nation with an earned run average of 0.46.
Mr. Nelson's conference records include the best ERA for a single season at 0.46; best strikeout-per-game average for a single season of 14.2 (a record that still stands); best ERA for consecutive years at 0.98; and best strikeout-per-game average for consecutive years at 13.4 (another record that still stands). He was selected to the Outstanding Athletes of America Society by the Wisconsin State University System Athletic Department.
After graduating cum laude, Mr. Nelson enjoyed a long and successful career in the computer industry. He also remained active in amateur baseball as a player and in youth baseball as a coach, manager and team president. Among other achievements, he pitched in the Minnesota Amateur Baseball State Tournament at age 48.