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Report: Vaughn purchased HGH

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December 14, 2007
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NEW YORK - Mo Vaughn purchased human growth hormone from former Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski three times in 2001, according to documents Radomski provided George Mitchell for the former Senate majority leader's probe into the use of illicit performance-enhancing substances in baseball.

Vaughn, the former Red Sox slugger and 1995 American League MVP, had suffered an ankle injury after he left Boston for a six-year, $88 million deal with the Angels following the 1998 season.

Efforts to reach Vaughn, now a developer in New York, were unsuccessful.

Known affectionately as "the Hit Dog," Vaughn stroked 230 home runs in eight seasons with Boston and was a big hit among youngsters in the African-American community.

In '95, Vaughn hit .300 with 39 homers and 126 RBIs. He had an even better year in '96 with a .326 average, 44 homers, and 143 RBIs. In 1998, he came within .002 of beating Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams for the batting title, hitting .337 with 40 homers and 115 RBIs.

Ankle and knee injuries curtailed his career with the Mets after he was traded to New York following the 2000 season.

According to the Mitchell Report, Vaughn purchased two kits of HGH for $3,200 18 days apart starting June 1, 2001. Drafts of the checks were used in the report.

Radomski told Mitchell that Vaughn had been referred to him by Glenallen Hill, a former Blue Jays outfielder. Vaughn called Radomski for advice on how to expedite the healing process, and Radomski recommended HGH.

In his report, Mitchell wrote, "I asked [Vaughn] to meet with me. He never agreed to an interview."

NICK CAFARDO

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