TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Enos Slaughter, who turned hustle into a baseball art form, and shortstop Arky Vaughan, owner of the highest National League batting average of the last 50 years, were voted into the Hall of Fame Wednesday.
Both were elected by the Veterans Committee, which considers executives, umpires, managers and players whose eligibility in the annual baseball writers' election has expired.
A .300 hitter for 19 major-league seasons, 13 of them with the St. Louis Cardinals, Slaughter is best remembered for his mad dash around the bases to score the winning run in the seventh game of the 1946 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Slaughter was on first base when Harry Walker singled.
"He ran right through the third-base coach's stop sign," said teammate Stan Musial, a Hall of Famer who serves on the Veterans Committee. "He took a chance and scored the winning run."