Enos Slaughter

Enos Bradsher Slaughter
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1985
Primary team: St. Louis Cardinals
Primary position: Right Fielder

“To be a big league ball player, you have to love the game,” Enos Slaughter said. “This is a pretty good game and a pretty swell way to make a living. The conditions in the majors are fine and the money is good. So I say keep yelling and hustling every minute you’re in uniform.”

Slaughter grew up in Roxboro, N.C., where he earned the nickname, “Country.” Though he was a southern gentleman off the field, he was a fierce competitor between the lines and his intensity was often mistaken for brashness or cockiness.

Slaughter began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938, as a 22-year-old. He spent 13 seasons with the Cardinals and was a 10-time all-star. Like many players from his era, Slaughter’s career statistics would be better if he hadn’t missed three prime seasons (1943-1945) to serve during World War II. During the war, Slaughter was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps.

“I wanted to be a pilot,” he told author Frederick Turner, “but they said I was color blind. They wanted me to be a bombardier, but I said if I couldn’t be the one flying the plane, I’d just as soon not be flying. So, I became a physical education instructor in charge of about 200 troops.”

Slaughter didn’t skip a beat upon returning to baseball, leading the National League with 130 RBI in 1946 and guiding the Cardinals to a World Series win over the Boston Red Sox.

Aside from his intense, sometimes violent, playing-style, Slaughter is best known for his “Mad Dash” in that World Series. In the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 7, the score was tied at 3. Slaughter was on first base with two outs when Cardinals manager Eddie Dyer called for a hit-and-run. Outfielder Harry Walker lined a ball to center field and Slaughter took everyone—including the Red Sox defenders—by surprise when he ran through a stop sign at third base. A rushed throw home by Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky allowed Slaughter to score what proved to be the winning run. A statue commemorating Slaughter’s Mad Dash slide is outside Busch Stadium.

"On the ball field he is perpetual motion itself… He would run through a brick wall, if necessary, to make a catch, or slide into a pit of ground glass to score a run. "
Arthur Daley, NY Times

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1985
Primary Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Position Played: Right Fielder
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Birth place: Roxboro, North Carolina
Birth year: 1916
Died: 2002, Durham, North Carolina
Played for:
St. Louis Cardinals (1938-1953)
New York Yankees (1954-1959)
Milwaukee Braves (1959)
At BatsAB
Home RunsHR
Stolen BasesSB
Batting AverageBA
On Base %OBP
Slugging %SLG