Cooperstown Chronicles – Arky Vaughan

Jun 23, 2008
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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Arky Vaughan, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1985.


Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
Played 1932 – 1948 (14 Years)
1817 Games
6622 At Bats
.318 Batting Average (59th All-time)
1173 Runs
2103 Hits
356 Doubles
128 Triples (84th All-time)
96 HRs
926 RBI
937 Walks
118 SBs

Eleven .300 Seasons
Five 100 Run Seasons
Seven 30 Double Seasons
Eight 10 Triple Seasons

World Series:  1 for 2 (.500), Double, Walk

Awards

1935 TSN NL Player of the Year
9 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 7 Times (1935 Batting Title)
On-base % - 8 Times (Led league in 1934, 1935 & 1936)
Slugging % - 4 Times (Led league in 1935)
OPS - 7 Times (Led league in 1935)
Games – 6 Times (Led league in 1936 & 1940)
At Bats – 3 Times
Runs - 7 Times (Led league in 1936, 1940 & 1943)
Hits - 8 Times
Doubles - 5 Times
Triples - 8 Times (Led league in 1933, 1937, & 1940)
Home Runs - Once
RBI - 4 Times
Total Bases – 6 Times
Extra-base Hits - 5 Times
Walks - 7 Times (Led league in 1934, 1935 & 1936)
Hit by Pitch - 6 Times
Stolen Base – 5 Times (Led league in 1943)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 29 (60) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 156 (77) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 49.9 (77) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 116.0 (122) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Arky Vaughan was one of the best hitting Shortstops the game has ever produced.  Only twice in his career did his batting average dip below .300.  He hit an incredible .385 in 1935.  He was consistently among the league leaders in most offensive categories.  He sat out 1944-1946 in part because of a blowup with Brooklyn Dodgers Manager Leo Durocher, and in part because he was farming in an effort to support World War II.  He worked on his fielding to become one of the better fielding Shortstops in the league as well.  He led the league in assists three times, putouts twice, and total chances, double plays, and fewest errors once.  This one is a no-brainer for me.  I just wonder why it took so long to enshrine him.
 
References
Baseball-reference.com
Baseball Library

Past Chronicles
Roberto Alomar
Richie Ashburn*
Harold Baines

Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning *
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Larry Doby*
Bobby Doerr
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox*
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Tony Lazzeri*
Mickey Lolich
Ernie Lombardi*
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*
Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Hal Newhouser*
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Red Schoendienst* (Player/Manager)
Ted Simmons
Enos Slaughter
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Vic Willis*
Maury Wills 
 
* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 2009 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot | Fantasy Sports Blog
    December 8th, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    [...] Mel Stottlemyre Harry Stovey Sam Thompson Luís Tiant Joe Torre Alan Trammell George Van Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby Veach Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon [...]

  2. Cooperstown Chronicles - Jesse Haines | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 7th, 2009 at 9:06 am #

    [...] Mel Stottlemyre Harry Stovey Sam Thompson Luís Tiant Joe Torre Alan Trammell George Van Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby Veach Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon [...]

  3. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    [...] Mel Stottlemyre Harry Stovey Sam Thompson Luís Tiant Joe Torre Alan Trammell George Van Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby Veach Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon [...]

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