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son of Seth in the Bible
Enos Slaughter: American baseball
player and Hall of Famer
First chimpanzee to be launched into
clues: Son of Seth; Slaughter of baseball; Nephew
of Abel, Slaughter of St. Louis, Adam's grandson; Slaughter in
Cooperstown; Eve's grandson; 1961 space chimp; Slaughter with a
16 times a year
Slaughter's “Mad Dash”
I learned early on
to never walk while I was on the ball field. I ran everywhere I
went. ~ Enos
Bradsher Slaughter (April 26, 1916 - August 12, 2002) was an
American baseball player.
Nicknamed "Country", he batted over .300 for 19 seasons
as a Major League player, the last 13 of those seasons with the
St. Louis Cardinals.
Born in Roxboro, North Carolina, he
joined the Cardinals in 1938 before being traded to the New York
Yankees in 1954.
Batting left, and throwing right, he was
renowned for a smooth, flat swing that made him a reliable
"contact" hitter. Slaughter had 2,383 hits in his
career, including 169 homers, and 1,304 RBIs in 2,380 games.
1946 he batted .391, and led the Cardinals to a World Series win
over the Boston Red Sox when Slaughter made a famous "mad
dash" for home from first base on Harry Walker's double in
the eighth inning of game seven with two outs and the game tied
In 1947, the Cardinals gained notoriety by attempting
to boycott games against the Brooklyn Dodgers to protest the
Dodgers' signing of a black player, Jackie Robinson. Slaughter
was the alleged ringleader of this boycott. National League
president Ford Frick threatened to ban any players who boycotted
any games, and the boycott never happened. The Cardinals did not
sign a black regular until Curt Flood in 1958.
known for running hard to first base on walks, a habit copied
later by Pete Rose.
He was elected to the United States
Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 after a long delay.
battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Slaughter died at age 86.
is the first son of Seth in the Jewish and Christian Bible.
According to the Book of Genesis, Seth was 105 when Enos was
born. Enos was the father of Cainan. Enos is also mentioned in
the genealogical lists contained in the first chapter of the
Chronicles and (with respect to Jesus) in the Gospel of Luke.
(died November 4, 1962) was the first chimpanzee that was
launched into Earth orbit.
Enos was purchased from the Miami
Rare Bird Farm on April 3, 1960. He completed more than 1,250
hours of training for his mission at the University of Kentucky
and Holloman Air Force Base. His training was more intense than
that of Ham, the Americans' first chimp in space, because Enos
would be exposed to weightlessness and a higher g for longer
periods of time. His training included psychomotor training and
Enos was selected to make the first
orbital animal flight only three days before the launch. Two
months before allowing a chimp to be launched into orbit, NASA
had launched Mercury Atlas 4 on September 13, 1961, to conduct
the same mission with a "crewman simulator" in the
spacecraft. Enos flew into space on board Mercury Atlas 5 on
November 29, 1961. He completed his first orbit in 1 hour and
Enos was originally scheduled to complete
three orbits, but was brought back after the second orbit because
the spacecraft was not maintaining proper attitude. According to
observers, Enos jumped for joy and ran around the deck of the
recovery ship enthusiastically shaking the hands of his rescuers.
Enos' flight was a full dress rehearsal for the next Mercury
launch on February 20, 1962, which would make Lt. Colonel John
Glenn the first American to orbit the Earth, after astronauts
Alan Shepard, Jr. and Gus Grissom's successful suborbital space
On November 4, 1962, Enos died of dysentery
caused by shigellosis, which was resistant to antibiotics of the
time. He had been under constant observation for two months
before his death. Pathologists reported that they found no
symptom that could be attributed or related to his space flight a
year before. Enos' remains are thought to have suffered a fate
similar to those of his astro chimp predecessor Ham. Ham is known
to have been subjected to extensive study at the Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology after his death. Some of Ham's remains,
minus the skeleton (which remained in the custody of AFIP) were
buried at the entrance to the International Space Hall of Fame in
New Mexico. Recent attempts by space scholars to determine the
fate of Enos' remains have been unsuccessful. It is known that
some post-mortem study was undertaken, but there is no further
trail beyond that, and Enos' body is assumed to have been
unceremoniously discarded after the examinations were completed.
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