Mo Vaughn was a popular player for the PawSox for parts of three seasons (1990-92) and went on to a stellar 12-year Major League career with Boston (1991-98), Anaheim (1999-2000), and the New York Mets (2002-03). He finished his big league career with a .293 average along with 328 HR & 1064 RBI in 1512 games. Mo was a three-time American League All-Star with the Red Sox (1995, ’96 and ’98) and the American League MVP in 1995 when he hit .300 with 39 HR & 126 RBI. The “Hit Dog” followed that up with a sensational 1996 campaign for Boston batting .326 with career-highs of 44 HR & 143 RBI.
Vaughn was born in Norwalk, CT and starred at Seton Hall University. He was chosen by the Red Sox in the 1st round of the 1989 draft and began his pro career with Double-A New Britain that year. He spent all of 1990, at the age of 22, with the PawSox posting a .295 average with 22 HR & 72 RBI in 108 games. He split the 1991 season between Pawtucket and Boston, returned briefly to Pawtucket in 1992 for 39 games, but then spent the rest of his career in the majors.
From 1996-98 with the Red Sox, he hit .315 or higher and averaged 40 homers and 118 RBI. After the ’98 season he signed a free agent contract with the Anaheim Angels, for whom he hit 30-plus homers and knocked in over 100 runs in both 1999 & 2000. He missed the entire 2001 season due to injury and was traded to the New York Mets that off-season. A knee injury ended his career just 27 games into the 2003 season.
Since he left baseball, Vaughn has found a niche in business across a variety of platforms. In 2004 he founded a real estate company (OMNI New York LLC) that, among other things, rehabilitates distressed housing in the New York City boroughs. In 2010 he launched a trucking company called Mo Vaughn Transport in Ohio. Mo most recently became the face of a big-and-tall clothing company called MVP Collections.