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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.
Batting left, and throwing right, he was renowned 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.
In 1947, the Cardinals gained notoriety by attempting to boycott games against the Brooklyn Dodgers to protest the Dodgers' signing of a black player, Jackie Robinson. Slaughter was the alleged ringleader of this boycott. National League president Ford Frick threatened to ban any players who boycotted any games, and the boycott never happened. The Cardinals did not sign a black regular until Curt Flood in 1958.
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.
Additionally, Enos Slaughter is the name of a trio of improvisational musicians based in New York City. Its members are Mark Orleans (who also performs with Sunburned Hand of the Man) Dave Shuford (who also performs with No-Neck Blues Band and the Suntanama), and Carter Thornton (who also performs with IZITITIZ).
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