Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Ex-Red Sox Star Mo Vaughn Turns 48 Years Old Today

(Springfield Republican)
Maurice Samuel "Mo" Vaughn (AKA 'The Hit Dog') turns 48 years old today. Although it's been 17 years since Mo wore Carmine Hose, it's impossible to forget the impact he had on Red Sox teams of the 1990s. Fans adored him and relished his ferocious left-handed, upper-cut swing. He was one of the most feared hitters in the American League during his Boston tenure. In his eight seasons with the Red Sox, Mo complied a .304 average, with 230 HRs and 752 RBIs. In 1995, he was the AL MVP and led the league in RBIs (126). He was also a three-time All-Star. And, he was a damn good defensive first-baseman to boot. His free-agent departure to the Angels in 1999 was a blow—although (partly due to injuries) he never really regained his Boston form (either in Anaheim or in Flushing with the Mets). We wish him a very happy birthday!