Vaughan, Arky

Joseph Floyd Vaughan
Born: March 9, 1912, Clifty, Arkansas
Died: August 30, 1952, Eaglesville, California
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1932-1941), Brooklyn Dodgers (1942-1943, 1947-1948)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1985

Among Hall of Fame shortstops, Arky Vaughan's .318 lifetime batting average ranks second only to Honus Wagner's .327 mark. Vaughan batted a league-leading .385 in 1935 -- a 20th-century record for National League shortstops -- and averaged .300 or better every one of his 10 seasons with the Bucs. Though not a power hitter, the nine-time All-Star homered twice in the 1941 Midsummer Classic. He was also a good baserunner, leading the league in runs scored and triples three years apiece and in stolen bases once.

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Did You Know: 
that despite leaving his home state of Arkansas before his first birthday, one of Floyd Vaughan's schoolmates tagged the future ballplayer with the moniker "Arky?"