When Enos Slaughter and the Cardinals visited Cuba

We remember Enos Slaughter, a great hitter and member of The Hall of Fame. Enos was born in North Carolina on this day in 1916 and joined the Cardinals in 1938. Enos played 13 seasons with the Cardinals, plus a three-year stint in the military during World War II. Slaughter was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he came back to play ball, retired with a .300 batting average, 2,383 hits, 1,237 runs scored, and 1,304 RBI.

Along the way, Enos spent some time in Cuba. This is the story:

In March 1940, the Cardinals returned to Havana for a four-game exhibition series against a Cuban all-star team. The all-stars were managed by Havana native Adolfo Luque, who pitched in the big leagues for 20 years (primarily with the Reds and Giants) and earned 194 wins, and featured left-handed pitcher Luis Tiant Sr., father of the future major-league pitcher of the same name.

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