Lou Brock was a legendary outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals known for his base stealing which led the Cardinals to two World Series victories.
- Died: Sunday, September 6. (Who else died on September 6?)
- Details of Death: Died at the age of 81 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Brock played most of his illustrious career with the Cardinals but his first few years in the Major Leagues were with the Cubs. He had potential but under performed and the Cubs traded him to the Cardinals in June 1964 in a famous trade for pitcher Ernie Broglio. Brock would go on to a 15 season Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals. The speedy Brock has the second most career stolen bases behind Ricky Henderson. He had over 3,000 hits, was a six-time All-Star and won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.
Brock on his prolific base stealing ability
“First base is useless.” “And most of the time it is useless to stay there. “On the other hand, second base is really the safest place on the field. When I steal second, I practically eliminate the double play. And I can score on any ball hit past the infield.” To Brock, “the most important thing about base stealing is not the steal of the base, but distracting the pitcher’s concentration. If I can do that, then the hitter will have a better pitch to swing at and I will get a better chance to steal.” – Brock in 1974 according to the Post-Dispatch
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Full Obituary: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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