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Enos Slaughter

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Enos Slaughter

Enos Slaughter was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans' Committee in 1985.

The first table below presents Enos Slaughter's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Enos Slaughter
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1938SLN22
73
9.49.80.489-0.4
0.4
8.28.90.480-0.50.2
1939SLN23
149
22.518.00.5561.5
3.2
24.118.90.5601.83.6
1940SLN24
140
19.614.80.5691.7
3.2
18.715.60.5450.92.3
1941SLN25
112
16.011.80.5761.5
2.7
16.613.80.5460.72.0
1942SLN26
152
26.117.20.6033.6
5.3
24.017.80.5752.34.0
1946SLN30
156
25.618.40.5822.8
4.5
24.319.10.5601.73.5
1947SLN31
147
20.918.70.5280.2
1.8
19.619.10.506-0.60.9
1948SLN32
146
23.719.10.5541.4
3.1
22.918.90.5481.12.8
1949SLN33
151
23.619.00.5541.2
2.9
20.518.30.5280.11.6
1950SLN34
148
19.119.00.501-0.4
1.1
17.717.70.500-0.41.0
1951SLN35
123
14.513.90.5110.1
1.2
14.313.00.5240.51.6
1952SLN36
140
21.816.90.5632.0
3.5
19.316.20.5441.12.6
1953SLN37
143
18.516.10.5350.8
2.3
16.816.10.510-0.11.3
1954NYA38
69
4.13.50.5410.3
0.7
4.34.00.5150.10.5
39
118
8.87.30.5460.5
1.3
10.08.20.5510.71.5
40
115
9.910.30.490-0.5
0.4
9.79.10.5170.00.9
1957NYA41
96
8.16.50.5520.5
1.1
7.46.70.5240.00.7
1958NYA42
77
4.54.60.495-0.2
0.3
4.74.20.5320.20.6
43
85
3.54.60.434-0.6
-0.2
3.53.80.477-0.20.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,340
300.2249.40.54616.2
38.8
286.6249.40.5359.631.7
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
27
3.93.10.555 0.53.82.90.568 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,367
304.1252.50.546
39.4
290.4252.20.535 32.3


Player won-lost records are calculated based on Retrosheet play-by-play data. Retrosheet has released play-by-play data for every season of Enos Slaughter's career. Retrosheet only has complete play-by-play data, however, since 1939.

The next table presents Enos Slaughter's career, as measured by Player won-lost records, but extrapolating the missing games from his career, based on the games for which I do have play-by-play data.

Enos Slaughter
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1938SLN22
112
14.415.10.489-0.6
0.7
12.713.70.480-0.70.3
1939SLN23
149
22.518.00.5561.5
3.2
24.118.90.5601.83.6
1940SLN24
140
19.614.80.5691.7
3.2
18.715.60.5450.92.3
1941SLN25
112
16.011.80.5761.5
2.7
16.613.80.5460.72.0
1942SLN26
152
26.117.20.6033.6
5.3
24.017.80.5752.34.0
1946SLN30
156
25.618.40.5822.8
4.5
24.319.10.5601.73.5
1947SLN31
147
20.918.70.5280.2
1.8
19.619.10.506-0.60.9
1948SLN32
146
23.719.10.5541.4
3.1
22.918.90.5481.12.8
1949SLN33
151
23.619.00.5541.2
2.9
20.518.30.5280.11.6
1950SLN34
148
19.119.00.501-0.4
1.1
17.717.70.500-0.41.0
1951SLN35
123
14.513.90.5110.1
1.2
14.313.00.5240.51.6
1952SLN36
140
21.816.90.5632.0
3.5
19.316.20.5441.12.6
1953SLN37
143
18.516.10.5350.8
2.3
16.816.10.510-0.11.3
1954NYA38
69
4.13.50.5410.3
0.7
4.34.00.5150.10.5
39
118
8.87.30.5460.5
1.3
10.08.20.5510.71.5
40
115
9.910.30.490-0.5
0.4
9.79.10.5170.00.9
1957NYA41
96
8.16.50.5520.5
1.1
7.46.70.5240.00.7
1958NYA42
77
4.54.60.495-0.2
0.3
4.74.20.5320.20.6
43
85
3.54.60.434-0.6
-0.2
3.53.80.477-0.20.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,379
305.2254.70.54516.0
39.1
291.0254.10.5349.431.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
27
3.93.10.555 0.53.82.90.568 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,406
309.1257.80.545
39.6
294.8257.00.534 32.5


It is somewhat difficult to get a good feel for exactly how good a player Enos Slaughter was. This is true for several reasons. First, specific to my Player won-lost records, Enos Slaughter made his major-league debut in 1938 and Retrosheet has only released complete play-by-play data for every season since 1939, so I am missing data for 39 games from early in Slaughter's career.

In addition, Slaughter suffers from a couple of minor issues, one general to the time period in which he played and one more specific to Slaughter. First, Slaughter was 31 years old when MLB first integrated, so his prime years were in either completely segregated or at least mostly segregated leagues.

Second, when Enos Slaughter first came to the Cardinals he was teammates with fellow Hall-of-Famers Joe Medwick and Johnny Mize. And then, just as Medwick and Mize moved on, up came Stan Musial. As a result, Enos Slaughter falls into an extremely rare category: a deserving Hall-of-Famer who was probably never the best player on his own team.

Finally, and most significantly, like most players of his generation, Enos Slaughter missed three full major-league seasons - his age 27, 28, and 29 seasons - while he served in the U.S. Air Force.

The next table tries to get a better handle on exactly how good Enos Slaughter was controlling for at least the last of these issues by calculating the 10 most similar players to Enos Slaughter in career value, excluding ages 27 - 29, as measured by Player won-lost records. Seasons have been normalized to 162 games and missing games are extrapolated for players for whom Retrosheet is missing some data.

Most Similar Players to Enos Slaughter in Value
Excluding Ages 27 - 29
(Seasons normalized to 162 games, missing player games extrapolated)
Wins over Baseline
Player Games pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Bat Run Pitch Field
Enos Slaughter
2,484
318.4265.816.6
40.7
14.20.10.04.4
Paul Waner
2,209
303.1260.011.5
35.0
14.40.90.05.4
Dave Winfield
2,584
334.2292.712.6
38.3
16.00.80.04.6
Dwight Evans
2,193
275.6231.616.9
37.2
16.70.90.05.3
Roberto Clemente
2,025
294.2248.712.1
34.3
12.5-0.40.07.8
Billy Williams
2,008
264.2224.19.9
30.5
16.30.20.03.1
Goose Goslin
1,956
282.4252.56.7
28.6
11.60.20.06.2
Ken Griffey Jr.
2,250
279.1253.610.0
31.3
17.90.10.03.7
George Brett
2,357
280.5239.417.1
38.7
15.80.80.03.9
Darrell Evans
2,287
253.5217.712.0
31.2
15.0-0.30.03.4
Jeff Kent
1,936
258.7223.317.8
36.6
11.6-0.80.03.9


It is, of course, impossible to know exactly what Enos Slaughter might have done in 1943, 1944, and 1945, were it not for World War II. But setting those seasons aside, six of the seven most similar players to Enos Slaughter are in the Hall of Fame (and the seventh is in the Hall of Merit). That would seem to be a strong endorsement of Enos Slaughter's Hall-of-Fame credentials.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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