Arky Vaughan broke in with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a 20-year old in 1932. He immediately established himself as a big leaguer by hitting .318 in 555 plate appearances.
An All Star in 9 straight seasons from 1934-1942, Vaughan often led the league in major offensive categories. He paced the Senior Circuit in hits, walks, runs, and on-base percentage three times each.
Vaughan’s finest season came in 1935 when he set still-standing Pirates single-season records. His .385 average that year remains the highest by a NL shortstop since 1900. He also led league in on-base and slugging percentages as well as OPS+.
Noted SABRmetrician Bill James rated Vaughan as the second-best shortstop in MLB history behind fellow Pirate and mentor Honus Wagner.
In the collection is a page showing the lineup from a game played on October 31, 1935 at LA’s Wrigley Field. Click here for the box score. The contest was between Dizzy Dean’s All Stars and the Philadelphia Royal Giants, a squad of Negro League Stars.
Along with that of the Hall of Fame shortstop are the signatures of Negro League great Satchel Paige, 1941 NL MVP Dolph Camilli, 1935 home run champ Wally Berger, and 217-game winner Fred Fitzsimmons.
The lineup of the Royal Giants here includes Hall of Famers Turkey Stearnes, Mule Suttles, and Biz Mackey.
Paige got the start and pitched four innings before being relieved by Chet Brewer who took the loss in the 5-4 contest.
Playing for Dizzy Dean’s team Vaughan hit third in the lineup, directly in front of Berger and Camilli. PCL legend Jigger Statz hit leadoff and played centerfield. Dean started on the hill and pitched 7 innings in his team’s 5-4 victory.
Vaughan went 0-for-4 on the day.