My Top Ten Cardinals of All-Time:#9 Enos Slaughter

#9. Enos Slaughter
#10. Ken Boyer

Enos Slaughter

#7, #8, and #9 in my list have all flip-flopped positions over the last couple of days – meaning that in my eyes, they are all similar. Making my list at #9 is right fielder Enos Slaughter.

Nicknamed “Country” because of his rural North Carolina upbringing, Slaughter began his Cardinal career in 1938 and patrolled right field for thirteen years.

Enos Slaughter

Slaughter was known for his hustle and hard-nosed play. Legend has it that one day in the minor leagues, Slaughter was running in from the outfield, slowed down near the infield, then walked the rest of the way to the dugout. His manager told him, “Son, if you’re tired, we’ll try to get you some help.” From that point forward, Slaughter ran everywhere he went on the baseball field – even running hard to first base on a walk.

Slaughter’s hard-nosed play earned him the moniker by some as the “dirtiest player in the league” – a claim he never disputed. He even was accused of being a racist when he spiked Dodgers Jackie Robinson (playing first base at the time) in the thigh while he was stretched out to catch Slaughter’s ground ball. Slaughter denied the racism attributing it to his old school style of play, “I asked no odds and I give none. A guy got in my way, I run over him.”

Enos Slaughter

One of Slaughter’s most famous baseball moments came in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The game was tied, 3-3, in the eighth inning. Slaughter led off the inning with a single. The next two batters failed to get on base. The next batter, Harry Walker, stepped up to bat and hit one into left center. Slaughter was stealing on the pitch when the outfielder bobbled the ball. Slaughter rounded second and third base. When the third base coach gave him the stop signal, Slaughter ignored it. The Red Sox short stop was so shocked to see Slaughter still running that he delayed his throw home, giving Slaughter just enough time to beat the ball to the plate with what would prove to be the game winning run.

Enos Slaughter's Mad Dash

From a statistical standpoint, Slaughter ranks 5th in runs, 4th in hits, 6th in doubles, 3rd in triples, 12th in home runs, and 3rd in RBI all-time for the Cardinals. While he never hit more than 20 HR in a single season, Slaughter did drive in 90+ runs in it He hit 20+ HR and had 90+ RBI in 6 of his 13 seasons as Cardinal. He was a 10 time All-Star and 2 time World Series champion in 1942 and 1946, and ranks 4th all-time in games played as a Cardinal.

Year    G    AB     R     H   2B   3B   HR   RBI  SB     BA    OPS
1938  112   395    59   109   20   10    8    58   1  0.276  0.768
1939  149   604    95   193   52    5   12    86   2  0.320  0.852
1940  140   516    96   158   25   13   17    73   8  0.306  0.874
1941  113   425    71   132   22    9   13    76   4  0.311  0.886
1942  152   591   100   188   31   17   13    98   9  0.318  0.906
1946  156   609   100   183   30    8   18   130   9  0.300  0.838
1947  147   551   100   162   31   13   10    86   4  0.294  0.818
1948  146   549    91   176   27   11   11    90   4  0.321  0.879
1949  151   568    92   191   34   13   13    96   3  0.336  0.929
1950  148   556    82   161   26    7   10   101   3  0.290  0.782
1951  123   409    48   115   17    8    4    64   7  0.281  0.777
1952  140   510    73   153   17   12   11   101   6  0.300  0.831
1953  143   492    64   143   34    9    6    89   4  0.291  0.828
     1820  6775  1071  2064  366  135  146  1148  64  0.305  0.847

Enos Slaughter Hall of Fame Plaque
Slaughter was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1985. His #9 jersey was retired by the Cardinals in 1996.

Up next, #8…


Links
Enos Slaughter Wikipedia Page
Baseball Reference Entry on Enos Slaughter
Baseball Hall of Fame Page on Enos Slaughter
The Official Enos Slaughter Site
HistoricBaseball.com – Enos Slaughter

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