ROXBURY, N.C., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter was in intensive care at Duke University Medical Center Wednesday after two emergency operations, the Courier-Times of Roxboro reported.
The newspaper said Slaughter, 86, was recovering from an operation "to repair a portion of his colon," and another "to repair perforated ulcers in his stomach."
Slaughter, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1985, missed this year's ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., as fellow Cardinal Ozzie Smith was inducted. It was the first time Slaughter has missed the ceremony since his induction.
"I think I can speak for the organization when I say our prayers and thoughts are with him for a successful recovery," said Brian Bartlow, Cardinals director of media relations.
Slaughter, a native of Roxboro, played in 19 Major League seasons, 13 of them with St. Louis. He was a lifetime .300 hitter who tallied 169 homers, 1,304 RBIs, 1,247 runs and 148 triples in 2,380 games. He was a 10-time All-Star and played in five World Series -- four times on the winning end. His No. 9 is one of eight player numbers retired by St. Louis.
Slaughter is likely best known for his "mad dash" in the 1946 World Series. He scored from first base on a double by Harry Walker, running straight through Coach Mike Gonzalez's stop sign. It provided the winning run in Game 7 of that series.