Enos Slaughter 2002 Deaths

Enos Slaughter

Age: 86

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder best remembered for his Mad Dash from first base to score the winning run over Boston in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series; tied 3-3, Slaughter led off the ninth with a single to center; after two outs, he off with the pitch when teammate Harry Walker lined a hit into center field; his stunning and memorable 270-foot dash to the plate proved to be the championship-winning run, upsetting the favored Red Sox; played 13 seasons in St. Louis and appeared in 10 straight All-Star Games (1942-53); won four World Series titles: two with St. Louis and two with the Yankees; led the NL with 130 RBI in 1946; hit .300 over 19 seasons, had 2,348 hits and scored 1,247 runs; nickname "Country" originates from his youth where he grew up the son of a tobacco farmer in rural North Carolina; selected for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, 26 years after he retired; delay attributed to stories of his fervent opposition to the integration of major league baseball and his attempt to organize a strike when Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers. He died of complications of colon and stomach surgery.

Died: Durham, N.C., Aug. 12

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