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By: Nick Wells
In the inaugural edition of MLB Name Hall of Fame, where I’ll shortly discuss the greatest names and careers in baseball history, I’ll be starting with the illustrious career of Enos Bradsher Slaughter.
Slaughter began his Hall of Fame campaign with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938 and stayed with the team until he was traded to the New York Yankees in 1953. However, Enos took three seasons from 1943-1945 to join the fight against the Nazis in World War II. Though he wanted to contribute to the Army from the cockpit of a fighter plane, my man Enos, also referred to as “Country,” was color blind so the US decided he shouldn’t be in control of a deadly flying machine. Instead, the Army Air Corps sergeant was a physical education instructor who got his troops in peak physical condition to attack the bad guys. The man was a true hero off and on the diamond.
Upon his return to the majors, Slaughter drove in a career-high 130 RBI in his first season back. He also famously made it home from first base after running through a stop sign from the third base coach to slide in for the game-deciding run in Game 7 of the World Series that year. The “Mad Dash” slide is now commemorated by a statue outside of Busch Stadium. I’m still waiting for them to place a statue of me outside of the local Taco Bell, given the amount times I’ve had to make a mad dash across the establishment if you know what I mean. Throughout his 19-year career, he accumulated four World Series wins in five appearances, and also finished top-10 in MVP voting five times while being a 10-time All-Star. Sergeant Slaughter’s dedication to the game earned him a place in Cooperstown, but I could get him a plaque made for the MLB Name Hall of Fame as well, which is just as valuable if you ask me.
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