Mo Vaughn was born on Friday, December 15, 1967, in Norwalk, Connecticut. Vaughn was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 27, 1991, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Mo Vaughn baseball stats page.
"Vaughn was on the fast track to Cooperstown when he left the Sox as a free agent after the '98 season. He was coming off a career-best .337 season, already had one Most Valuable Player trophy and three All-Star appearances to his credit, and had 230 home runs and 752 RBIs. But in the five years after he left, Vaughn played just 466 games, missing 2001 and shutting down last season with the Mets May 2. His numbers all declined drastically -- .267 average, 98 homers, and 312 RBIs -- and his acquisition, first by the Angels, then by the Mets, was considered a colossal mistake by both clubs, and indirectly led to the firing of two general managers, Bill Bavasi by the Angels, and Steve Phillips by the Mets." - Boston Globe Staff Writer Gordon Edes (01/25/2004, 'For Vaughn, no mo' baseball', Source )
Mo "Hit Dog" Vaughn Autograph on a 1998 Upper Deck SP Chirography
Mo Vaughn Pitching Stats
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Mo Vaughn Hitting Stats
Mo Vaughn Fielding Stats
|1991 Red Sox||1B||49||47||1,074||410||8.4||404||378||26||6||43||n/a||n/a||n/a||.985||10.16|
|1992 Red Sox||1B||85||82||2,160||813||9.6||798||741||57||15||76||n/a||n/a||n/a||.982||9.98|
|1993 Red Sox||1B||131||130||3,387||1,196||9.1||1,180||1,110||70||16||104||n/a||n/a||n/a||.987||9.41|
|1994 Red Sox||1B||106||106||2,760||947||8.9||937||880||57||10||103||n/a||n/a||n/a||.989||9.17|
|1995 Red Sox||1B||138||138||3,675||1,368||9.9||1,357||1,262||95||11||128||n/a||n/a||n/a||.992||9.97|
|1996 Red Sox||1B||146||146||3,927||1,296||8.9||1,281||1,207||74||15||123||n/a||n/a||n/a||.988||8.81|
|1997 Red Sox||1B||131||131||3,411||1,177||9.0||1,163||1,088||75||14||117||n/a||n/a||n/a||.988||9.21|
|1998 Red Sox||1B||142||142||3,714||1,278||9.0||1,266||1,176||90||12||91||n/a||n/a||n/a||.991||9.20|
Mo Vaughn Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|1991 Red Sox||2||1||.667||10||0||16||54.8||5.1||6.8||-||-||-|
|1992 Red Sox||3||3||.500||14||0||20||27.3||5.3||6.2||-||-||-|
|1993 Red Sox||4||3||.571||3||0||19||18.6||4.1||5.3||-||-||-|
|1994 Red Sox||4||4||.500||3||0||1||15.2||3.5||4.8||-||-||-|
|1995 Red Sox||11||4||.733||0||0||2||14.1||3.7||4.4||-||-||-|
|1996 Red Sox||2||0||1.000||0||0||15||14.4||4.1||4.4||-||-||-|
|1997 Red Sox||2||2||.500||1||0||9||15.1||3.4||5.5||-||-||-|
|1998 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||12||15.2||4.2||5.3||-||-||-|
Mo Vaughn Miscellaneous Items of Interest
|Team [Click for Roster]||Uniform Numbers||Salary||All-Star||World Series|
|1991 Boston Red Sox||42||$100,000.00||-||-|
|1992 Boston Red Sox||42||$165,000.00||-||-|
|1993 Boston Red Sox||42||$290,000.00||-||-|
|1994 Boston Red Sox||42||$675,000.00||-||n/a|
|1995 Boston Red Sox||42||$2,775,000.00||Stats||-|
|1996 Boston Red Sox||42||$5,400,000.00||Stats||-|
|1997 Boston Red Sox||42||$6,350,000.00||-||-|
|1998 Boston Red Sox||42||$6,650,000.00||Stats||-|
|1999 Anaheim Angels||42||$7,166,666.00||-||-|
|2000 Anaheim Angels||42||$11,166,667.00||-||-|
|2002 New York Mets||42||$12,166,667.00||-||-|
|2003 New York Mets||42||$17,166,667.00||-||-|
|Mo Vaughn Stats by Baseball Almanac|
The Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers of America Association have awarded a team-specific Most Valuable Player since 1937. Mo Vaughn won the Thomas A. Yawkey Award ( Red Sox MVP ) four times, from 1993 through 1996, the first and only recipient to win it four years in a row.
When "The Hit Dog" won his fourth Red Sox MVP Award , he joined an elite set of four-time recipients that included Carl Yastrzemski (6x), Dwight Evans (4x) and Roger Clemens (4x). Since Vaughn, only David Ortiz (4x) has joined that set group of Red Sox legends.
In 1978, Jim Rice became the first Red Sox hitter in history with a 200+ hit / 40+ home run season. The next Boston batter to match that feat? Mo Vaughn, who was the first lefty, the first any only one to do it twice (1998), and the duo remain the only two Red Sox sluggers to date in the "club".
When Reggie Jackson struck out 156 times in 1982, he became the first players in Angels history to break the 150+ strikeouts in a season plateau. Troy Glaus broke that record in 2000, reaching a new plateau by striking out 163 times, but did not set a new team record. That same year, Mo Vaughn was on the Angels as well, and struck out a franchise record 181 times. Both Glaus and Vaughn have since been passed courtesy of 184 strikeout seasons set by Mark Trumbo (2013) and Mike Trout (2014).
On April 15, 1947 , there were 13 Major League players still wearing #42. One of those players was Mo Vaughn. ESPN paid homage to that day in baseball history ranking it 93rd (Rick Weinberg, '93. Baseball Retires Jackie Robinson's No. 42', Link ). An excerpt from "THE MOMENT" appears below and it is significant because after it took place, Vaughn continued wearing #42 and became the last player in franchise history for the Boston Red Sox ( #42 ), the Anaheim Angels ( #42 ) AND the New York Mets ( #42 ) to be issued the universally retired number:
It is April 15, 1997 -- 50 years to the day Jackie Robinson played his first major-league game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn ( box ). Fifty years to the day Jackie Robinson helped change and revolutionize his sport; there was a special ceremony at Shea Stadium in New York.
They halted the game exactly halfway through the contest between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, at 9:22 p.m., in the fifth inning before a crowd of nearly 40,000.
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig walks to a microphone set up behind second base, where Jackie made so many of his graceful, wonderful plays. Selig is followed by Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel, and their grandson, Jesse Simms, a student-athlete at UCLA, where Jackie Robinson first became known for his athletic brilliance. Closely behind is the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, as well as Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, and then Branch Rickey III, the grandson of Branch Rickey , the former Dodgers executvie who signed Robinson and guided him toward his landmark big-league debut against the Boston Braves.
Recording artist Tevin Campbell sings "The Impossible Dream" as highlights of Robinson's career flash on the stadium's video screen. Then, when the film ends, with Jackie crossing home plate after a home run, and being greeted joyously by one of his white Dodger teammates, Selig moves toward the microphone and says, "No single person is bigger than the game. No single person other than Jackie Robinson ."
Then Selig holds up Jackie's Dodgers uniform jersey, with the number 42 on its back, and proclaims, "No. 42 belongs to Jackie Robinson for the ages." Then he goes on to make a surprising announcement: that baseball will do something unprecedented in sports -- bar all teams from issuing No. 42 in the future as a tribute to Robinson . "Number 42, from this day forward," he says, "will never again be issued by a major-league club."
Clinton takes the microphone next. "Today," he says, "every American should give special thanks to Jackie Robinson , to Branch Rickey and to all of Jackie's teammates with the Dodgers for what they did. This is a better, stronger and richer country when we all work together and give everybody a chance."
Clinton pauses for a moment, allowing the crowd to absorb the impact of his statement, then rekindles the memory of Robinson's major-league debut by saying, "He scored the go-ahead run that first day in the major leagues, and we've been trying to catch up with him ever since."
In 1995, Mo Vaughn had an American League leading 126 runs batted in ( Year by Year RBI Leaders ). The following season, The Hit Dog had 143 RBI - only good enough for third in the American League ( Top 25 ); however, it was the most RBI in a season by a left-handed Red Sox hitter since Ted Williams had 159 RBI in 1949.