Chuck Nieson

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1977-83 Fritsch One Year Winners Chuck Nieson

Charles Bassett Nieson

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Biographical Information[edit]

Chuck Nieson was signed as an amateur free agent by the Minnesota Twins of the American League before the 1962 season started and was sent to the Class D Alabama-Florida League where he won 8 while losing 4 for the Fort Walton Beach Jets. Chuck pitched 117 innings and came up with a good 3.85 ERA.

The Twins shipped him up to the Charlotte Hornets of the AA South Atlantic League for 1963 and things got a bit rougher. Chuck went 6-12, pitching 153 innings for the Hornets with a 4.32 ERA. The righthander did lead the team's pitching staff in strikeouts by fanning 139 opponents.

1964 landed Chuck with the Atlanta Crackers of the AAA International League where he posted a solid 4.00 ERA but wound up with a 4 win 17 loss record. The Minnesota Twins brought him up on September 18th of the year and he responded by pitching two innings, allowing one hit and striking out 5 of the Boston Red Sox batters he faced. This was to be his only appearance in the major leagues during his eight-year professional run.

Nieson spent 1965 and 1966 with the Denver Bears of the AAA Pacific Coast League, combining for a 12 win and 11 loss record. He got in 241 innings of pitching and had a 4.78 ERA. This effort put him with the Charlotte Hornets of the AA Southern League for 1967 and he came up with 10 wins but 14 losses, pitching 200 innings, striking out 103 batters and posting a good 2.92 ERA.

It was back to the Denver Bears in 1968 where he managed a 2-3 record in 41 innings before being sent back to the Charlotte Hornets of the Southern League where he finished his career, going 6-4 in 1968 with a 2.65 ERA. 1969 was to be his last year in organized ball, finishing out with a 11-8 record in 152 innings with a 3.73 ERA.

Number 29 hung it up after this eight-year run and was last known to be living in Savage, Minnesota.


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