Chicago Cubs: Hippo Vaughn remains one of the best in franchise history

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Hip, Hippo, hooray

The Cubs had in place a solid rotation when Vaughn arrived in 1913. Still, despite this, Vaughn managed to show off an impressive nature to garner him six starts. He certainly took the opportunity and ran with it, making six starts, five of which turned into complete games. In 56 innings of work, Vaughn finished with a 1.56 ERA and an absurd 219 ERA+.

Following a solid beginning to his Cubs career, Vaughn showed the team what he could accomplish when given an actual chance. In a season dominated by Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, and Dutch Leonard, Vaughn managed to finish fourth overall in the National League in ERA, in 1914.

At the prime age of 26, Vaughn finished 21-13, 2.05 ERA in 35 starts. His campaign included 23 complete games. Having never gone beyond 221 2/3 innings before this point in his career, Vaughn managed a whopping 293 2/3 innings, and it paid off for Chicago in a big way.