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Enos Slaughter

Enos Bradsher Slaughter (April 26, 1916 - August 12, 2002) was an American baseball player. Nicknamed "Country", he batted over .300 for 19 seasons as a Major League[?] player, the last 13 of those seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Born in Roxburo, North Carolina[?], he joined the Cardinals in 1938 before being traded to the New York Yankees in 1954.

Batting left, and throwing right, he was renouned for a smooth, flat swing that made him a reliable "contact" hitter. Slaughter had 2,383 hits in his career, including 169 homers, and 1,304 RBIs in 2,380 games.

In 1946 he batted .391, and led the Cardinals to a World Series win over the Boston Red Sox when Slaughter made a famous "mad dash" for home from first base on Harry Walker's double in the eighth inning of game seven with two outs and the game tied 3-3.

He was known for running hard to first base on walks, a habit copied later by Pete Rose.

He was elected to the United States Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 after a long delay.

After battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Slaughter died at age 86.



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