Charles W. "Charlie" Vaughan

Inducted: 2004

Best Known For: Baseball

Hometown: Brownsville, TX

HS: Brownsville High school

Professional Team: Atlanta Braves


He was the very definition of a pitching phenomenon, making the major leagues at age 18 in 1966 and winning a ball game for the Atlanta Braves in his first start, striking out seven against Houston that September 1966.

Charlie Vaughan was a dominant left-handed fireballer who helped Brownsville High to the state finals in 1965, striking out 203 batters that season with an amazing 0.39 ERA alongside fellow mound star Tony Barbosa. Vaughan fanned 20 batters in a no-hitter against district rival McAllen High (1965) and was practically unhittable in high school.

He passed up a scholarship to UT to go pro, and was drafted by the Braves on the fourth round, rising to the big leagues after just 14 months in the minors. Though a series of injuries would curtail his career, Vaughan became the second player from the Valley (at the time) to make the big leagues, after Ted Uhlaender.