Enos “Country” Slaughter is probably best remembered for his famous “Mad Dash” in the 8th inning of Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. But, the play was just representative of the “all-out” aggressive style that “Country” demonstrated throughout his entire career. In his 19 seasons (1938-1959) with the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City A’s, New York Yankees and Milwaukee Braves he was a consistent contact hitter, as well as a terrific defensive rightfielder with a powerful throwing arm. He was a 10 time National League All-Star, played in 5 World Series, and was a member of 4 championship teams (St. Louis 1942 & ’46, and New York 1956 & ’58). During his long career he totaled 2383 hits, drove in 1304 runs, hit .300 or better 10 times, and finished with an even .300 lifetime avg.
He is one of the beloved figures in Cardinal baseball history, and in 1996 the team retired his #9. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 via Veteran’s Committee.
August 13, 2013