Monday, May 12, 2014

1950 Bowman #35: Enos Slaughter, St. Louis Cardinals, OF

     Hall-of-Famer, Enos Slaughter, had a 19-year career that spanned over 22 seasons between 1938-1959.  He spent most of that career with the St. Louis Cardinals, but played for three other teams beginning in 1954, when he was traded to the New York Yankees for Bill Virdon and a couple of other players.  The Yankees traded Slaughter and Johnny Sain to the Kansas City Athletics during their inaugural 1955 season, before taking him back the following year. Slaughter continued playing for the Yankees for all but his final 11 games, which were with the Milwaukee Braves. 


     Throughout his first five seasons, Slaughter had already led the league in Hits, Doubles, Triples, and Total Bases, making the All-Star team twice, and runner-up for the N.L. MVP once.  He would then serve 3 years in the military between 1943-1945 before going back to the Cardinals, where he made 7 more consecutive All-Star appearances for a career total of 9.  He would also lead the league in Triples for a second time, as well as in RBI.  Slaughter made it to the World Series 5 times, coming away with 4 rings.  His first two World Series championships occurred in 1942 against the Yankees before leaving for military service, and in 1946 against the Red Sox after coming back from the war.  Between those 12 games, Slaughter scored 8 Runs, earned 4 RBI, and hit 2 HR's.  His next three World Series were as a Yankee in 1956, 1958, and 1959 where he scored a total of 9 Runs, 4 RBI, and a homer in 15 games against the Dodgers and Braves.


     Slaughter finished out his playing career in the Minor Leagues in 1960 and 1961.  He was elected in the Hall-of-Fame in 1985.

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