6.11.2008

1951 Bowman
Enos Slaughter


Enos Slaughter is best known for two things: Hustling while on the ballfield and his involvment in a spiking incident with Jackie Robinson.

Before there was Pete Rose or Sammy Sosa, there was Enos "Country" Slaughter.

During the seventh game of the 1946 World Series, with the score tied 3-3 in the eighth inning, he made a "mad dash" from first to score on a double from Harry Walker, helping the Cardinals beat the Red Sox and win a world championship.

By 1947, baseball was changing.

It was alleged that he was involved in a plan for the Cards to strike, and not play against the Dodgers and Jackie Robinson. The plan never came to fruition but later that year, while legging out a grounder, he spiked Jackie Robinson while the Dodger played first.

Was it intentional? Was he just playing the game hard?

Who knows?

What I do know is that Slaughter batted .300 or better in 19 seasons. He was also a 10-time All Star and elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

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