Friday, March 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Arky!

Why did Bill James list Arky Vaughan, Bucco infielder from 1932-41, as the second greatest shortstop of all-time in his New Historical Abstract, right behind fellow Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner?

How about a .318 lifetime BA with a .408 OBP and a career OPS of 136? Or 73.5 WAR over those 11 Pirate seasons? Oh, and a bust in Cooperstown.

Well, baseball historian Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times has his tale in the article "100th birthday: Arky Vaughan." Give it a click; Vaughan is one of the greatly under-appreciated guys to ever wear a Pirate uni.

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