Juan Nieves ’83
Juan Nieves spent three years at Avon Old Farms, from 1980 to 1983. While at Avon, Juan distinguished himself as a hard-working student, a strong community leader, and an outstanding athlete. He captained three teams while here: cross-country in the fall, basketball (one of Avon’s best teams in 1982-83, finishing 19-3), and of course, baseball. He was a monitor in the residential life program, an honor student in the classroom, and earned both the Jennings and Murray Cups in his junior and senior years as the school’s best athlete. Juan also was awarded the Order of Old Farms on his graduation day, which is the top award presented at Avon Old Farms for character, leadership, scholarship, and community service.
During his senior year at Avon Old Farms, Juan was accepted to a number of universities (who offered him baseball scholarships) including USC, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt. Yet, in the midst of extensive Major League interest, Juan opted to sign a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in June of 1983. Juan was the top high school “free agent” signee that year, as in 1983 Puerto Rican players were not eligible for the major league draft.
In his first outing as a professional in Single “A” ball during the summer of 1983, Juan pitched a no-hitter. Juan pitched another no-hitter later, this time with the Brewers’ major league club, in April of 1987. He is the only Brewer to have pitched a no-hitter and the second youngest pitcher in the history of major league baseball to have done so. Juan’s no-hitter is recognized in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Juan Nieves is currently the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox organization.
Inducted May 8th, 2004