After a promising 4-3, 2.41 season for Baltimore in 1968, Nelson was the Royals'
first pick in the expansion draft. He was 7-13 despite a 3.31 ERA as their number-four
starter in 1969 and then spent most of 1970 on the DL with shoulder trouble. He made
it back in 1972, and was 11-6 with the fifth-best ERA (2.08) in the AL. On August
23 he pitched a one-hitter against the Red Sox (Ben Oglivie
singled in the seventh
inning). That winter he was traded with Richie Scheinblum to Cincinnati for Hal McRae
and Wayne Simpson
. Nelson sat out much of the rest of his career with injuries, pitching
well when healthy.