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Enos Bradsher Slaughter

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1985

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"I give it everything I've got. Always have played that way and I'll do it as long as I can. Anyone who don't should be sellin' peanuts up in the stands." -Enos Slaughter

Enos "Country" Slaughter was a Hall of Fame outfielder and colorful star with the 1940s St. Louis Cardinals. He ended a 19-year career at 43 in 1959 with an even .300 lifetime batting average, having lost three years in his prime to service in World War II.

A member of the same Army Air Corps team as Joe Gordon and Vic Wertz, he missed all of 1943-1945, his age 27-29 seasons. There's no doubt he would have been in top form had he still been with the Cards, a back-to-back All-Star when he left in 1942 and an eight-time consecutive winner when he returned in 1946. To drive home the point, he bookended the War by rapping .318 for the World Series winning 1942 Redbirds (good for #2 in the NL MVP voting) and .300 for the 1946 World Champs (that brought home a 3rd).

Slaughter began in the minors in 1935. A torrid .382 BA and .609 slugging percentage for the '37 Columbus (OH) Red Birds earned him a ticket to St. Louis the next spring.

The North Carolina native established himself in the Majors right away with a solid rookie campaign, then reeled off four straight +.300 seasons before leaving for the War. Starting in '41 he shared the Sportsman's Park limelight with future Gateway City icon and Baseball legend Stan Musial for a dozen years. When the versatile Musial wasn't playing first, the pair often formed an outfield with Terry Moore in center through 1948.

After leaving the Cardinals following the '53 season Slaughter filled a key role as a platoon player under wily New York Yankee manager Casey Stengel from '54 through '59, a skein that included four straight Fall Classic appearances for the Bronx Bombers '55-'58 and earned Slaughter two more World Series rings to go with the pair earned with the Cards.

While Slaughter is best remembered for his "Mad dash" in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series - when he raced home from first on a soft gapper to left-center by Harry 'The Hat' Walker to cinch a win over the Boston Red Sox - his epic gallop has tended to obscure that he was a multi-dimensional player who hit for average and was a reliable run producer with both his bat and legs for a very long time.

According to the similarity scores method, the most similar player to Slaughter is Mickey Vernon, another unsung World War II era star who missed time serving his country.

After his major league days Slaughter was a player-manager in the minors in 1960 and 1961, still hitting for a good average. Later, he was head baseball coach at Duke University from 1971 to 1977.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 10-time NL All-Star (1941, 1942 & 1946-1953)
  • NL Hits Leader (1942)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (1942)
  • NL Singles Leader (1942)
  • NL Doubles Leader (1939)
  • 2-time NL Triples Leader (1942 & 1949)
  • NL RBI Leader (1946)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1946, 1950 & 1952)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1942, 1946 & 1947)
  • Won four World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1942 & 1946) and the New York Yankees (1956 & 1958)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1985

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