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  • Enos Slaughter...Baseball Great, No Nonsense Guy

    Everybody who knows anything about Enos knew he was not to be trifled with. A friend of mine from New York told me this story about Enos after he went to the Yankees: After a round of golf he and Slaughter and two other guys went to the 19th hole for a couple of cold ones. After sitting around for a while, a kid walked up to Slaughter and said "Arent you Enos Slaughter ?" Slaughter said "That's right kid". The kid said "I just saw you drink about 4 beers, dont you have a game tonite ?" Slaughter responded " Ill drink 4 more, kick your ass and still play tonite...." Think he was kidding????

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    Originally posted by portobob
    Everybody who knows anything about Enos knew he was not to be trifled with. A friend of mine from New York told me this story about Enos after he went to the Yankees: After a round of golf he and Slaughter and two other guys went to the 19th hole for a couple of cold ones. After sitting around for a while, a kid walked up to Slaughter and said "Arent you Enos Slaughter ?" Slaughter said "That's right kid". The kid said "I just saw you drink about 4 beers, dont you have a game tonite ?" Slaughter responded " Ill drink 4 more, kick your ass and still play tonite...." Think he was kidding????
    Good story, Bob.

    Did you know Slaughter was married about 6 times? His top salary, in the early 50's with St. Louis was around 35K, while Musial was pulling down about double at the same time. Now granted, Enos, while being a very good player, wasn't in Stan's category as a superstar, but considering tenure on the team, his salary should have been much higher. But supposedly Slaughter would go to the Cards in September and ask for an advance on the next seasons salary, no doubt to keep up with his alimony payments. The team would grant the request, provided he sign a contract at the time, for about the same amount.
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    • #3
      Enos Slaughter

      You're right 64 CDs. He never made any real $ with St Louis. By the time he got to the Big Apple his best years were behind him. About his 6 wives, I heard he used to get pretty physical with them if they "got off track". Even though Slaughter had put up the numbers he had a difficult time getting voted into the Hall. I never understood why it took so long....anybody have insight into why the writers were so slow to act ?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by portobob
        Even though Slaughter had put up the numbers he had a difficult time getting voted into the Hall. I never understood why it took so long....anybody have insight into why the writers were so slow to act ?
        Slaughter felt that the writers kept passing him up because he once cut Jackie Robinson on a close play at first, and the accepted version at the time was that Enos had done it deliberately.

        Slaughter maintained that Robinson, who was playing a strange position his first year with Brooklyn, hadn't mastered the footwork around the bag that would keep him from getting spiked by runners coming down the line.

        And since Robinson was also cut by Garagiola and Medwick, Slaughter's explanation sounds credible. Nevertheless, the accusation that he had cut Robinson deliberately became accepted "fact," and it could well be the reason why the writers resisted voting him in for so long.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by shlevine42
          Slaughter felt that the writers kept passing him up because he once cut Jackie Robinson on a close play at first, and the accepted version at the time was that Enos had done it deliberately.

          Slaughter maintained that Robinson, who was playing a strange position his first year with Brooklyn, hadn't mastered the footwork around the bag that would keep him from getting spiked by runners coming down the line.

          And since Robinson was also cut by Garagiola and Medwick, Slaughter's explanation sounds credible. Nevertheless, the accusation that he had cut Robinson deliberately became accepted "fact," and it could well be the reason why the writers resisted voting him in for so long.
          We kinda beat this horse to death in a previous thread, the Slaughter-Robinson spiking story, but late Bob Broeg, a very respected baseball historian who was the Cards beat writer for the STL Post and was at the ballgame, said about the same thing. The entire incident would be blown way out of proportion, some later reports would even have it that Slaughter jumped up and did a karate type kick into his thigh.

          But from what I've read and heard about Slaughter, he wasn't a very easy person to get along with. He was well-respected by his teammates, but evidently not too well-liked.
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          • #6
            Enos got pretty bitter after leaving the Cardinals.
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