Cooperstown Chronicles – Enos Slaughter

Jun 22, 2008
Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1985.

The Mad Dash – Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
Played 1938 – 1959 (19 Years)
2380 Games
7946 At Bats
.300 Batting Average
1247 Runs
2383 Hits
413 Doubles
148 Triples
169 HRs
1304 RBI
1018 Walks
71 SBs

Ten .300 Seasons
Three 100 Run Seasons
Six 30 Double Seasons
Seven 10 Triple Seasons
Three 100 RBI Seasons

World Series:  4 Rings, 27 Games, 23 of 79 (.291), 17 Runs, 3 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 HRs, 8 RBI, and 15 Walks


10 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - 8 Times
On-base % - 6 Times
Slugging % - 6 Times
OPS - 8 Times
Games – 4 Times (Led league in 1946)
At Bats – 3 Times
Runs – 6 Times
Hits - 5 Times (Led league in 1942)
Doubles – 7 Times (Led league in 1939)
Triples – 11 Times (Led league in 1942 & 1949)
Home Runs - 3 Times
RBI – 6 Times (Led league in 1946)
Total Bases – 6 Times (Led league in 1942)
Extra-base Hits - 5 Times (Led league in 1942
Walks – 5 Times
Hit by Pitch – 4 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 12 (192) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 161 (71) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 40.9 (136) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 91.5 (171) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Enos Slaughter accumulated some pretty impressive career numbers.  They are even more impressive when you consider that he missed 1943-1945, when he was 27-29, to fight in World War II.  Despite missing out on three years of his prime, he still finished with close to 2400 Hits, over 1200 Runs, and over 1300 RBI.  He would have likely finished pretty close to the 3000 Hit, 1500 Run, 1500 RBI club.  Only 15 players are in that exclusive club.  He was consisently one of the top players in the game, which is supported by his Top Ten finishes and All-Star appearances.  Elder Boston Red Sox fans are probably scarred by his “Mad Dash”, a play in which he scored the winning run from first base on a Harry Walker hit.  However, I would be surprised (and disappointed) if any of them could say with a straight face that “Country” didn’t belong in the Hall of Fame.  It was this type of hustle that made Enos who he was.  He once said “I learned early on to never walk while I was on the ball field. I ran everywhere I went.”  He was a fierce competitor that once spiked Jackie Robinson.  Some feel the play was raciall motivated.  Others feel he was a hard-nosed player that would look for any edge, including taking an opponent out if they got in his way.  I can’t say whether or not the play was race related, but I can say without hesitation that Enos Slaughter is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. jdm
    September 1st, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    I don’t think he should be in. He was a part time player for many years. Hall of the Very Good seems more appropriate. Too many other, better players are left out.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 2nd, 2008 at 5:10 am #

    jdm – maybe so

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