Tuesday, August 6, 2013
#51 Mo Vaughn
1. Mo and his cousin Greg Vaughn were quite the power-hitting duo in the 1990s. Mo's somewhat sudden decline played a part in Greg coming out ahead in career home runs, 355 to 328.
2. Vaughn was a controversial American League MVP choice in 1995, when he batted .300/.388/.575 with 28 doubles, 39 home runs, and 126 RBI. Albert Belle, a narrow runner-up, batted .317/.401/.690 with 52 doubles, 50 homers, and 126 RBI. Both played for division winners, and the supposition is that the surly Belle lost a popularity contest.
3. Mo now owns and operates OMNI New York LLC, which has bought and rehabilitated over 1,100 units of distressed housing in New York City.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I remember seeing a Starting Lineup collectible figure of Mo Vaughn that looked nothing like him. That was pretty much the norm with those things, but this one was rail-thin. A poor effort even by their own low standards.
Bill James Said: "Mike Easler says that Vaughn will be better than Frank Thomas. He's out of his mind, but Vaughn is certainly a hitter..."
On This Date in 1993: August 6. Torrential rain and mudslides kill 72 people in Kagoshima, Japan.