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Louis Clark "Lou" Brock (born June 18, 1939,
El Dorado, Arkansas) is an American former player in Major League Baseball.
Brock was a left fielder who played his career with the Chicago Cubs and St.
Louis Cardinals. He batted and threw left-handed. He is currently a special
instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Born: June 18, 1939 (1939-06-18) (age 68)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
September 10, 1961
for the Chicago Cubs
September 30, 1979
for the St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs (1961-1964)
St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1979)
Career highlights and awards
All-Star (NL): 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979
World Series champion: 1964, 1967
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award: 1977
Roberto Clemente Award: 1975
Hutch Award: 1979
Babe Ruth Award: 1967
938 Stolen Bases
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Brock was born in El Dorado, Arkansas and played college baseball at Southern
University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He signed with the Cubs as an amateur free
agent and broke into the Majors in 1961.
Brock for Broglio
Brock was blessed with great speed and baserunning instincts, but the young
right fielder failed to impress the Cubs management. In 1964 after losing
patience with his development, the Cubs gave up on Brock and made him part of a
trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. The June 15 deadline deal for pitcher Ernie
Broglio saw Brock, Jack Spring and Paul Toth head to St. Louis for Broglio,
Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens. Cardinals general manager Bing Devine,
specifically sought Brock at the insistence of Cardinals' manager Johnny Keane
to increase team speed and solidify the Cardinals' lineup, struggling after the
retirement of left fielder Stan Musial in 1963. At the time, many thought the
deal would benefit the Cubs. After the trade was announced, a writer for The
Sporting News wrote that the Cubs had "picked the Cardinals' pocket" with this
After Brock was traded to the Cardinals, his career turned around significantly.
He moved to left field and batted .348 and stole 38 bases for the Cardinals in
the remainder of the 1964 season. The Cardinals would win the 1964 World Series
helped in part by Brock's bat. Meanwhile, Ernie Broglio won only seven games for
the Chicago Cubs and retired from baseball after the 1966 season. To this day,
the Brock for Broglio trade is considered by Cubs' fans to be the worst in
During his career, Brock helped the Cardinals to National League pennants in
1964, 1967, and 1968 and to World Series championships in 1964 and 1967,
defeating the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, respectively. The
Cardinals suffered one World Series loss during Brock's tenure. That was in 1968
against the Detroit Tigers - the Tigers rallied from down three games to one
behind the excellent pitching of Mickey Lolich.
Facts and Stats
In 1967, Brock became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in
the same season.
His supreme talent for basestealing perhaps overshadowed his fine hitting, as he
collected 3,023 hits in his career. He was also not particularly known as a
power hitter, but he did display significant "pop" from time to time. In David
Halberstam's book, "October 1964", the author states that manager Johnny Keane
asked Brock to forego the power game in favor of the speed game. However, Brock
got some licks in, here and there.
In his rookie season, Brock became one of three players to hit a home run into
the center-field bleachers at the old Polo Grounds in New York since its 1923
reconstruction. His blast came on June 17, 1962, and would be followed by Hank
Aaron's shot the very next day. Joe Adcock was the first to hit a ball over that
wall, in 1953. Babe Ruth had reached the old bleachers (a comparable distance)
before the reconstruction.
In 1967, Brock hit 5 home runs in the first 4 games of the season, becoming the
first player to do so.
Brock remained best known for base-stealing and starting Cardinals rallies. He
was said to have disdained Maury Wills' method of base-stealing, instead
shortening his leads and going hard into second base, thus inflicting punishment
on opposing players rather than himself by having to dive back into first base
frequently. He was also an early student of game films. He used an 8mm movie
camera from the dugout to film opposing pitchers and study their windups and
pickoff moves to detect weaknesses he could exploit.
In a unique (if incidental) accomplishment, Brock was the first player ever to
bat in a major league regular season game in Canada. He led off the April 14,
1969 game against the Montreal Expos at Jarry Park by lining out to second
baseman Gary Sutherland. The Expos' pitcher, Larry Jaster, was a teammate of
Brock's just the year before, and had been selected in the expansion draft by
the Expos after the 1968 season.
His best batting average was in 1964, when he batted .315, one of eight years he
batted over .300, he was a 6-time National League All-Star, he led the league in
runs two times (1967 and 1971),led the league in doubles (46 in 1968), and led
the league in triples (14 in 1968).
Brock held the record for career stolen bases (938) until it was broken by
Rickey Henderson. In 1974 he stole a major-league record 118 bases (breaking
Maury Wills' record of 104 in 1962; Brock's single-season record was also later
broken by Henderson). Brock led the National League in stolen bases eight times
between 1966 and 1974 (former teammate Bobby Tolan led the league in steals in
Overall, Brock batted .293 in 19 seasons, amassing a total of 3023 hits.
Awards, honors and life after baseball
Brock was named the 1967 National League Babe Ruth award, the 1974 Major League
Player of the Year, the 1975 Roberto Clemente Award, the 1977 Lou Gehrig
Memorial Award, and the 1979 Hutch Award.
Brock was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. His number 20 was
retired by the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1999, he ranked Number 58 on The Sporting
News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist
for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
After retiring from baseball, Brock prospered as a businessman, especially as a
florist in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Lou Brock is a member of Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity Inc. Brock still regularly appears at Cardinals games. When he steps
onto the field he is always greeted by a loud, low-pitched cheer of "Loooouuuuuuuuuuuu".
This may sound like "Boooo" to those unfamiliar with the team, and the town's
love for Lou Brock.
Brock also lent his name to a unique rainhat, shaped like a miniature umbrella
and to be worn at games during showers in lieu of retreating to the concourse.
The product was called the "Brockabrella". There is no indication whether its
name was in any way influenced by Brock's contemporary, utility man John
Brock and his wife are both ordained ministers serving at Abundant Life
Fellowship Church in St. Louis.
Brock's speed was referenced in the song Check the Rhime by the pioneering "jazz
rap" hip-hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest
On December 5, 2006 he was recognized for his accomplishments on and off of the
field when he received the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement
Brock is the father of former USC Trojan and NFL player Lou Brock Jr.
Even though his stolen base record has been surpassed, the National League
honors each stolen base leader with the Lou Brock award.
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