Lou Brock dies at 81; Corridor of Famer turned key determine in legendary commerce

Lou Brock, the Corridor of Fame outfielder who set MLB stolen base information (season and profession) earlier than being surpassed by Rickey Henderson and who was a principal in one of the crucial well-known trades in baseball historical past, died Sunday, the St. Louis Put up-Dispatch reported. He was 81. 

Brock handled a number of well being points in his later years.

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A complicated midseason commerce between rivals in 1964 changed into an all-time heist due to what Brock did for his new staff. He was a part of a six-player deal between the Cubs and Cardinals on the June 15 deadline that yr: Brock and pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth went from Chicago to St. Louis for pitchers Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz and outfielder Doug Clemens.

The preliminary response in St. Louis was bewilderment. Broglio was a rotation mainstay; Brock confirmed nice velocity and flashed energy in Chicago however was strikeout-prone.

Because it turned out, then-Cardinals basic supervisor Bing Devine knew what he was doing. Brock hit .348 with 12 house runs and stole 33 bases in 103 video games as he helped the Redbirds come from manner again to win the Nationwide League pennant on the ultimate day of the ’64 season. St. Louis then defeated the Yankees in seven video games for the franchise’s first World Sequence title since 1946.

“None of us anticipated to see him develop so quick,” Cardinals supervisor Johnny Keane informed The Sporting Information in its 1965 Official Baseball Information. 

Broglio posted a 5.40 ERA over elements of three seasons with the Cubs and made his final main league look in 1966.

Brock turned a franchise rock in St. Louis. He was the leadoff hitter for pennant-winning Cardinals groups in 1967 and 1968. St. Louis earned a second Sequence triumph in ’67 by beating the Pink Sox in seven. The Playing cards misplaced in seven the following yr to the Tigers after main Three-1 within the sequence.

In his three postseason appearances, all in World Sequence, Brock hit a mixed .391/.424/.655.

Brock’s baserunning turned his calling card regardless that he additionally was a member of MLB’s Three,000-hit membership (Three,023). He broke Maury Wills’ file with 118 stolen bases in 1974, and by the point he retired following the 1979 season, he had surpassed Ty Cobb with 938 steals. Henderson zoomed previous Brock in each classes in 1982 and 1991, respectively.

Brock was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1985. He was a longtime resident of the St. Louis space, the place he turned a beloved determine and made common apperances at Busch Stadium.

The current-day Cardinals and Cubs noticed a second of silence for Brock previous to their sport at Wrigley Discipline on Sunday night time.

Early reactions from across the baseball world to Brock’s demise:

Lou Brock the Base Burglar was a category act on and off the sector. Made @Cardinal baseball what it’s. Had the power to vary the momentum of a sport together with his legs and his bat. Could he Relaxation In Peace. One of many biggest Cardinals of all time.

— Ozzie Smith (@STLWizard) September 6, 2020

Saddened to listen to of the passing of Lou Brock. A few years of rivalries between us however at all times revered Lou as an individual and participant. My ideas are with the Brock household and the Cardinals nation. pic.twitter.com/0TOO0IlVbf

— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) September 6, 2020

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