Slaughter, Vaughan enter Hall with Class of 1985
In 1935 Vaughan had arguably the best season for a shortstop in the history of the game – leading the league in average, OBP, OPS, slugging percentage, and walks. On his way to hitting .385 that season, Vaughan hit .341 or better in every park but the Polo Grounds.
“One of the sweetest hitters I ever saw. And fast!” said mentor and fellow Hall of Famer Honus Wagner.
After two seasons with the Dodgers, Vaughan retired for three years until making a comeback in 1947. Injuries forced him to retire after 14 seasons in 1948 – finishing with a .318 career average – second all-time for shortstops behind Wagner’s .327.
Nick Anapolis was the spring 2013 public relations intern at the Baseball Hall of Fame