photo: Enos Slaughter’s Mad Dash, 1946
Six players on Cardinals’ 2019 Hall of Fame ballot
The ballot for the 2019 St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame was announced last week and six former Cardinals from the Modern Era will be up for consideration by fan vote beginning March 1.
The nominees were selected by the Red Ribbon Committee, which consists of media members and former Cardinals managers. Fans will choose two of the six players on the ballot to be inducted during a ceremony August 24. The fan vote will run from March 1 through April 12.
In addition to the fan vote, the Red Ribbon Committee will choose a veteran player, someone who has been retired for at least 40 years, to be inducted into the Hall. Ownership may also select an inductee at their discretion, potentially coaches, broadcasters, or front office employees.
The winners of the fan vote will be announced prior to the start of the Cardinals’ April 26 game.
More details can be found here.
Spring Training broadcast schedule announced
The Cardinals 2019 spring training broadcast schedule has been revealed and fans will be able to either watch or listen to 29 of 31 Cardinal spring training games.
Fox Sports Midwest will televise 15 spring games, beginning with the first game against the Miami Marlins on February 23. Nine of the fifteen games will be Saturday or Sunday games, and one Friday evening game against the Astros will also be televised.
In addition to the games shown on Fox Sports Midwest, 19 games will be broadcast on KMOX radio. Cardnal broadcasters John Rooney, Mike Shannon, Mike Claiborne, and Ricky Horton will be on the radio for these games.
Ten more games will stream on Cardinals.com as well as the MLB At Bat app. Claiborne, Kyle McClellan, Chris Hrabe, and Tom Ackerman will be on hand for those games. The final spring game against the Memphis Redbirds will also be streamed.
At least three other Grapefruit League games will be televised by the opposing team’s network, as well.
The complete schedule for spring training broadcasts can be found here.
Trade and Acquisition Rumors
There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.
There are no transactions to report.
LF Marcell Ozuna (right shoulder surgery) has been rehabbing in the Dominican Republic. President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak met with Ozuna there last week and brought back a favorable report. Mozeliak reported that Ozuna is working hard and looking strong.
Ozuna will begin a throwing program in early February and the team will monitor the outfielder’s progress throughout spring training. It is expected Ozuna will be fully ready by Opening Day.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 12. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is the next day, February 13. Position players report on February 17 and the first workout is then next day, February 18. The first spring training game is February 23 against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. The Spring Training Schedule can be found here.
Opening Day of the 2019 regular season is March 28 as the Cardinals begin on the road in Milwaukee. The first series is a four game set, with the first game to start at 1:10 CT. It will be followed by a 7:10 CT game on Friday, 6:10 CT on Saturday, and 1:10 CT on Sunday.
The Cardinals continue on the road to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates beginning on April 1. There will be no game on Tuesday, April 2. The second game of the series takes place on Wednesday, April 3.
The Cardinals home opener will be on Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres. Friday will be an off day, and the Cardinals will resume the series with two games against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday.
Blast from the Past
This week’s Blast from the Past, Hall of Fame edition, remembers a former Cardinal who went by the nickname “Country” and played for St. Louis from 1938-1942, and again from 1946-1953.
Enos Slaughter was born on April 26, 1916 in Roxboro, North Carolina. The Cardinals signed Slaughter as an amateur free agent prior to the 1935 season and he began his professional baseball career playing for the Columbus Redbirds minor league affiliate in the South Atlantic League. Slaughter made his major league debut on April 19, 1938 and played right field, a position he would maintain throughout his major league career.
Slaughter played 13 seasons in all for St. Louis, posting a Cardinal career slash line of .305/384/.463, with 146 HRs and 1148 RBI. His Cardinal career was interrupted by World War II, in which Slaughter served.
After returning from the war in 1946, Slaughter led the National League that season with 130 RBI. The Cardinals went to the World Series that fall, defeating the Boston Red Sox for the title. In the seventh and final game of the series, Slaughter made his famous “Mad Dash”, scoring from first base on a hit by Harry Walker in the eighth inning. That was the winning run.
Slaughter was controversial, as well. It was reported that he was involved in the racial taunting of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league player. The story was that Slaughter was involved in an attempt to get the Cardinals to refuse to play against the Brooklyn Dodgers when Robinson was on the field. Slaughter later denied that this occurred or that he held any racial animus against Robinson. The evidence that such a plot actually occurred is sparse.
Slaughter was depicted in the film “42”, a Robinson biopic, as having intentionally spiked Robinson in the leg at first base. Slaughter denied any intent to injure Robinson, citing his typical style of rough play.
Slaughter was traded to the New York Yankees in 1954. He played for the Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, and the Milwaukee Braves before retiring in 1959. After retiring, Slaughter managed minor league teams. He also coached baseball for Duke University from 1971 to 1977.
Slaughter was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. He was also inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014. The Cardinals retired his number 9 in 1996.
Slaughter died on August 12, 2002 of non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 86.
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