Cecil P “Porter” Vaughan was
born on May 11, 1919 in
Stevensville, Virginia. He was an outstanding left-handed
pitcher at the
from 1938 to 1940, and still holds the season and career records fro
strikeouts per nine innings.
signed for a $7,500 bonus with Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics
upon graduation and made his major league debut – without playing a
game in the minors – on June 16, 1940 against the Cleveland Indians. Vaughan made 18 appearances that season – 15
as a starter – and finished with a 2-9 won-loss record and 5.35 ERA
for the cellar-dwelling Athletics.
was optioned to Toronto
of the International League for 1941, where his 12-12 record and
3.65 ERA earned a recall by the Athletics in September. He made five
appearances for an 0-2 record before the season concluded.
On January 15, 1942, Vaughan entered military service with the
Army. He was stationed at
Virginia, where he regularly
pitched for the ball team. His teammates at the time included Jack
Sanford, Clarence “Soup” Campbell and Hank Nowak – a highly touted
pitcher in the Cardinals’ organization who was killed in action in Belgium on New Year’s Day 1945.
In July 1942, Private
Vaughan was promoted to corporal and admitted that he would like to
earn a commission. “I want to be a commissioned officer,” he said,
“even though it means I have to give up baseball for the time
To earn his commission,
was transferred to the Army Air Force and to
Colorado – a technical training school on the
outskirts of Denver
that would train over 50,000 airmen in initial basic training.
Continuing to play baseball
in the Victory League for Buckley Field (he was 8-6 with 2.68 ERA in
1944), First-Lieutenant Vaughan was promoted to Captain in February
Discharged in late 1945,
26-year-old Vaughan returned to the Athletics for spring training in
1946. He began the season in Philadelphia but made just one brief appearance before
being sold to Kansas City
of the American Association in May. Vaughan
pitched well for Kansas City,
including a 15-3 win against
on May 25, before arm trouble brought his career to a premature
close. He finished the season with a 4-2 record and 2.22 ERA.
established a successful real estate business in Richmond. He was installed as the President of
the Richmond Association of Realtors in 1963 and was named their
"Realtor of the Year" in 1988. The Virginia Association of Realtors
installed him as its President in 1970 and in that same year
recognized him as its "Realtor of the Year."
also served the
Richmond as chairman of
the Athletic Council, and as a member of the Board of Trustees and
Board of Associates.
Porter Vaughan passed
away in Richmond, Virginia on July 30, 2008.
Thanks to Dave Drain of
Land-o-Lakes, Florida, a
cousin of Porter Vaughan, for help with this biography.