Enos Slaughter 1952 #065
by William Szczepanek
Enos Slaughter played for 19 years in the Majors playing for 4 different teams, but primarily for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a 10-time All Star, played in 5 World Series and ended his career with a .300 batting average. In 1942 he was second in the MVP voting to Mort Cooper, a pitcher for St. Louis. He was in the military for the next three years (1943-1945), then returned and was 3rd in the MVP voting in 1946 to teammate Stan Musial and Dixie Walker. He was 3rd in the voting again in 1949 to Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial.
In 1939 he led the league in doubles with 52. In 1942 and 1949 he led the league in triples with 17 and 13, respectively. In 1942 he also led the league with 188 hits. In 1946 he led the league in RBIs with 130 having only 18 home runs that year.
As a minor leaguer in he came running to the dugout at the end of the inning. He slowed down near the infield and walked the rest of the way. Manager Eddie Dyer advised him, "Son, if you're tired, we'll try to get you some help." For the rest of his career, Slaughter ran everywhere he went on a baseball field.
"So I say keep yelling and hustling every minute you're in uniform." ─ Enos Slaughter
Enos "Country" Slaughter is remembered best for his Mad Dash in the decisive 7th game of the 1946 World Series. On a hit and run he scored the winning run from first base on Harry Walker's hit in the eighth inning after the relay throw was held a bit too long by the Red Sox' shortstop Johnny Pesky.
Slaughter was known for his hustle and even ran to first base significantly before it was popularized by Pete Rose.
Slaughter was Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Veteran's Committee as Player in 1985.
You can check out Slaughter's statistics at Baseball Reference.com.