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A fun game to play is "best player I know nothing about". It used to be Dick McAuliffe for me. But then I read about him, so now I don't know who it is...
I'd imagine at least one more.
Pittsburgh scout Art Griggs, who owned and managed the Wichita minor league team, was vacationing in Los Angeles, like usual, when he got a tip about a Fullerton baseball star with a hugely promising future. That player was not Vaughan. It was a catcher named Willard Hershberger, who would also play in the Major Leagues and his end is one of baseball’s most tragic stories.*
*Another classmate of Vaughan’s as a freshman and sophomore was an unathletic but enthusiastic baseball fan named Richard Nixon.
How many years was Vaughan an effective starting SS? It wasnt many, and am too lazy to look this up right now. Was it 6?
A few months ago, I found out who the 1983 NL Cy Young Award winner was for the first time. Which is strange, because the AL winner, LaMarr Hoyt, had a somewhat similar career, and I could tell you three or four things about him.
Exhibit #1367 that Durocher was among the worst human beings ever to be involved in MLB.
I think Oh is a given. I expect one of Masaichi Kaneda (400 wins is hard to ignore), Shigeo Nagashima, or Isao Harimoto to make it. Wild card? Eiji Sawamura.
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