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Enos Slaughter Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 27, 1916 in Roxboro, North Carolina
Died: August 12, 2002 in Durham, North Carolina
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Full name Enos Bradsher Slaughter
Born April 27, 1916, Roxboro, North Carolina
Died August 12, 2002, Durham, North Carolina
Buried at Allensville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Roxboro, North Carolina
First Game: April 19, 1938; Final Game: September 29, 1959
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 5' 9.5" Weight: 180

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1985
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1949)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1942 and 1946)

This article was written by Joseph Wancho and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Most great players have something similar during their careers: a dominant year, a key series in which they made their name – or a signature play. Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter’s even had a nickname. His “Mad Dash” in Game Seven of the 1946 World Series took place on the brightest of stages. It’s certainly one of the reasons why he was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1985. Yet there was much more. Over a 19-year big-league career, he posted a .300 batting average, with 2,383 hits. Had he not lost three prime years to World War II, he could have approached 3,000. The aggressive, constantly hustling outfielder was selected to play in ten All Star Games, eight straight with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1946 to 1953. “One of the greatest,” remarked Casey Stengel, later his manager with the New York Yankees. “He will do anything to beat you.”

Enos Bradsher Slaughter was born April 27, 1916, in Roxboro, North Carolina. He was the third of six children born to Zadok and Lonie Gentry Slaughter. Enos was raised on a 90-acre farm in the nearby community of Allensville that required him to work many chores. Whether it was milking four cows that developed strong hands and powerful wrists – or working in the fields on summer days that strengthened his back and arms – Slaughter was a physically fit young man. Enos and his four brothers (Daniel, Carlton, Hayward and Robert) took a keen interest in sports. The Slaughter boys gravitated towards baseball, each playing on the Person County team through the years.

Enos was a star at Roxboro High School in football and baseball, but passed up a scholarship to Guilford College in Greensboro. Ever since seeing the Durham Bulls play in the Piedmont League when he was a boy – the Slaughters took a horse and buggy to some of those games – he had seen baseball as his future. He decided to work in Durham and play semipro ball. The elder Slaughter was dismayed, but allowed his son to follow his dream. “If you can do what you want to often enough, you ought to be happy,” said Zadok.

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