Born: July 3, 1965
Known for: Sacramento native Greg Vaughn was a four-time All-Star outfielder who hit 355 home runs and drove in 1,072 runs during a 15-year career with five major league teams.
Background: Vaughn was raised in south Sacramento and attended John D. Sloat Elementary School before starring at Kennedy High School and Sacramento City College. He then played for the University of Miami and was drafted five times before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers in June 1986. He made his major league debut in 1989. He was traded to the San Diego Padres during the 1996 season. He enjoyed his best season with the Padres in 1998, when he hit 50 home runs and drove in 119 runs for the National League champions. He hit 45 home runs for Cincinnati, where he was sent via a trade in 1999 before signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He completed his career with the Colorado Rockies in 2003.
A highlight: Vaughn hit two home runs in the opening game of the 1998 World Series, but the New York Yankees rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win 9-6. The Yankees went on to sweep the series
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