1946, Game 7
In the bottom of the eighth of a 3-3 game, Cardinals outfielder Enos Slaughter took off from first with the pitch, which was shot into left-center by Harry Walker. Red Sox center fielder Leon Culberson bobbled the ball briefly, and there was no stopping Slaughter who recklessly ran through a stop sign at third and charged home. Second baseman Johnny Pesky’s relay throw was late and one of baseball’s most contended stories was born. Was it a double? Walker was credited with one, but he would surely have stopped at first if Slaughter hadn’t drawn a throw home. Thus, we say, Slaughter scored the Series’ game-winning run from first on a single (and fielder’s choice). The ultimate moment of hustle.
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