Regional Digest: Greg Vaughn leads third Sacramento HOF class

Greg Vaughn, a four-time All-Star during his 15 major-league seasons, heads the third class of the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.

The other four members – selected via an online vote – to be inducted on Jan. 23 at Thunder Valley Casino Resort are Pete Ranzany and Loreto Garza (boxing), Danielle Viglione (basketball) and James Owens (football, track and field).

Vaughn – who played at Kennedy High School, Sacramento City College and the University of Miami – was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the fourth overall pick in the 1986 draft. He also played for San Diego, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Colorado. Vaughn hit 30 or more home runs in five seasons and drove in more than 100 runs three times. His best season was 1998, when he batted .272, hit 50 home runs and drove in 119 runs. For his career, he hit 355 home runs (86th all-time) and drove in 1,072 runs.

Ranzany (Sacramento High) was one of the city’s top stars in the 1970s, drawing a crowd of 17,000 to Hughes Stadium in 1978 when he challenged World Boxing Association welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas before losing on a second-round technical knockout. In 1979, Ranzany lost to Sugar Ray Leonard at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on a fourth-round technical knockout. Ranzany was 59-8-2 with 38 knockouts.

Garza (Norte Del Rio) defeated Juan Coggi on a majority decision in Nice, France, in 1990 to win the WBA light-welterweight title. Garza retained his title that year against former world champion Vinny Pazienza at Arco Arena. Garza lost his title in 1991 to Edwin Rosario and retired in 1993. He was 31-2-1 with 26 KOs.

Viglione (Del Campo), a two-time high school state Player of the Year, holds the University of Texas record for three-pointers. She played professionally in Israel, Italy and Turkey and played one season for the WNBA Monarchs.

Owens (Norte Del Rio) starred in football and track at UCLA and was drafted by the 49ers in the second round in 1979. He played six seasons in the NFL for the 49ers and Tampa Bay as a running back, wide receiver and kickoff returner. In 1976, he finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles at the Summer Olympics in Montreal, and he won the NCAA championship in the event in 1977.

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