12. Hippo Vaughn
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 9, 1888 in Weatherford, TX USA
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 19, 1908
  • Final Game: July 09, 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1918
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
 
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James “Hippo” Vaughn was a journeyman who bounced around from the minors to the majors from team to team for a few years before he found a home in Chicago in 1913.  He broke out with a 21 Win season in 1914 and had 20 Wins in 1915, and in 1917 he would have a career-high 23 Wins and an ERA of 2.01.  In '16 and '17, he was third among Pitchers in bWAR, but in 1918 he would have one of the best years that a hurler ever had as a Cub.  Vaughn would lead the National League in bWAR (8.1), bWAR for Pitchers (7.6), ERA (1.74), Wins (18), WHIP (1.006), and Strikeouts (148).  More importantly, he was the ace of a Cubs team that won the Pennant, and though he pitched well (1.00 ERA), he lost two Games, and they would lose to Boston.  Vaughn had a good 1919 and 1920 but went off of the rails in 1921 and would be released.  He would play in the minors for another 15 seasons, showing his love for the game.

Vaughn was chosen in 2021 to be a part of the inaugural Cubs Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from Kansas City (American Association) for Lew Richie 8/9/13.
  • Departed: Released during the 1921 Season.
  • Games Played: 305
  • Notable Statistics: 151 WIns
    105 Losses
    2.33 ERA
    270 Games Started
    177 Complete Games
    35 Shutouts
    31 Games Finished
    4 Saves
    2,216.1 Innings Pitched
    1,138 Strikeouts
    2.56 FIP,
    1.169 WHIP
    1.83 SO/BB
    40.1 bWAR

    3 Playoff Games
    1 Win
    2 Losses
    1.00 ERA
    27.0 Innings Pitched
    17 Strikeouts
    0.86 WHIP
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1918)
    Lowest ERA (1918)
    Most Wins (1909)
    Lowest WHIP (1906, 1907 & 1908)
    Most Wins (1918)
    Lowest WHIP (1918)
    Lowest H/9 (1918)
    Highest SO/9 (1917 & 1918)
    Most Games Started (1918 & 1919)
    Most Shutouts (1918)
    Highest SO/BB (1918)
    Highest ERA+ (1918)
    Lowest FIP (1918)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1918)

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