Richard “Rick” Slaughter, a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, was a standout baseball player at Emory & Henry. He was selected as an Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1971 and to the All-District Six and Small College All-American baseball teams in 1969. Slaughter was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Slaughter, a second baseman, was a four-year starter on the baseball team. He served as a captain both his junior and senior years. His sophomore year he posted a batting average of .321, went 19 for 19 on stolen bases, and had 26 hits and 18 RBIs en route to achieving All-America status. He had an impressive overall career batting average of .343, 338 career at-bats, 116 hits, and 82 RBI.
In addition to baseball, Slaughter was involved in Blue Key National Honor Society, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Phi Gamma Phi social fraternity. He also served as director of intramural sports and student sports information director while at Emory & Henry.
Slaughter received a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in 2002 and became a co-owner of Town and Country Realty in Kingsport. He was involved in the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Kingsport Association of Realtors. He was also active as a coach in youth sports leagues in the Kingsport area.
Richard Slaughter passed away on August 31, 2003 at age 53 after an extended illness.