|Enos Slaughter never stopped hustling, whether he was playing in a World Series or when he was 43 years old. "Country" Slaughter ran full steam every ball hit, whether a hit or an out.
In 1938, he was brought up to the Cardinals and his pay was $400.00 per month. In 1941, Enos fractured a collarbone, before the bone could set, he was back playing. The wound ripped open and blooded his uniform, Slaughter said, "I'll never quit. They'll have to tear my uniform off me."
For the 1939 season, he led the NL in doubles, putouts and assists, batted .320, lined 52 doubles and scored 95 runs. Slaughter was the sparkplug of the team and led the St. Louis Cardinals to their 1942 World Series victory over the New York Yankees.
He entered the U.S. Military in 1942 and proudly served until the end 0f 1945. Upon his return, he led the Cardinals to another World Championship with his great all-around play. In game 4, Slaughter was 4 for 6, and scored four runs. In the sixth inning, the Boston Red Sox loaded the bases with one out, and Enos made an impossible running catch and threw out Rudy York at the plate.
In 1949, Slaughter hit .336, pounded 34 doubles, walked 79 times and had 37K's. After 15 years with the Cardinals at age 37, Slaughter was traded to the Yankees where he helped them to three pennants in five years. He retired at age 43 in 1959.
This "Hall of Famer" had a .300 lifetime batting ave. Hit 403 D, 148 T, and 169 HR's. Enos Slaughter walked over 1,000 times and only fanned 538 times. He got 2383 career hits in 7946 at bats. Baseballhistorian.com