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On this date in Cardinals history, Oct. 13

On this date in 1959, Cardinals Hall of Famer and longtime fan favorite Enos Slaughter's storied major league career came to an end.





Ol' Country was released by the Braves following a season in which he hit only .171 with six homers and 22 RBIs. He started the season with the Yankees but was shipped off to Milwaukee, the Bronx Bombers' foes in the 1957 Fall Classic after failing to produce the sort of results he did in his .304 hitting 1958 campaign.





All told, slaughter played 19 seasons -- 13 of them with the Cardinals --  in the big leagues and hit an even .300. He played in five World Series, hitting .291 in them, and bringing home four championship rings: 1942 and 46 with the Redbirds and 1956, 57 and 58 with the Yankees. He missed out on the Cardinals' 1943 and 44 World Series appearances because of his service in World War Two.





Slaughter's most famous play came in game seven of the 1946 Series when he singled in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied at three. With two outs and Harry Walker at the plate, Slaughter took off for second and Walker lined the ball to left centerfield. Slaughter motored around the bases and ran through the stop sign at third like an earlier day Albert Pujols to score the eventual winning run ahead of Boston shortstop Johnny Pesky's throw.







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Enos Slaughter scores the winning run in the 1946 World Series.





Althought he would go on to greener pastures, getting traded to the power house Yankees in 1954, Slaughter wasn't happy to be dealt away from the only team he had know up to that point.





"I can't even talk. This is the most awful thing that has happened to me in my whole life," Slaughter told reporters in 1954 upon learning that he was traded .

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