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Encyclopedia > Lou Brock
Lou Brock
Outfielder
Born: June 18, 1939 (1939-06-18) (age 67)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 10, 1961
for the Chicago Cubs
Final game
September 30, 1979
for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
AVG     .293
H     3,023
SB     938
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 10 is the 253rd day of the Gregorian calendar (254th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is a award created by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity to recognize the former Major League Baseball player Lou Gehrig. ... The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. ... The Hutch Award is a Major League Baseball award given to an active player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire to win. ... The Babe Ruth Award was an annual award given to the Major League Baseball player with the best performance in the World Series, similar to the World Series MVP Award. ... June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... El Dorado (pronounced to rhyme with tornado (IPA: [εl doˈreɪdoʊ] or [εl dəˈreɪdə])) is a city in Union County, Arkansas, USA. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 20,467. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The position of the left fielder A left fielder, abbreviated LF, is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...

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Early life

Brock was born in El Dorado, Arkansas and played college baseball at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He signed with the Cubs as an amateur free agent and broke into the Majors in 1961. El Dorado (Spanish for the gilded one) is a legend that began with the story of a South American tribal chief who covered himself with gold dust and would dive into a lake of pure mountain water. ... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... For other Southern University campuses, see Southern University System. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world. ...


Brock for Broglio

Brock was blessed with great speed and baserunning instincts, but his numbers with the Cubs failed to impress the Cubs management, which had played him at right field in Wrigley, a daunting task for any young player, while severely restricting his base-stealing ability. In 1964 after losing patience with his development, the Cubs gave up on Brock and made him part of a trade the Cubs made at the trading deadline (June 15) for pitcher Ernie Broglio of the St. Louis Cardinals, as part of a six-player deal overall. Cardinals general manager Bing Devine, however, 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. The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ... Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1964 throughout the world. ... Ernest Gilbert Broglio (born August 27, 1935 in Berkeley, California) was a righthanded pitcher in American Major League Baseball from 1959-66. ... Vaughan P. Bing Devine (born March 1, 1916 in St. ... John Joseph Keane (November 3, 1911 - January 6, 1967) was an American baseball player and manager. ... Stanley Frank Musial, original Stanisław Franciszek Musiał, nicknamed Stan the Man and The Donora Greyhound (born November 21, 1920 in Donora, Pennsylvania), is an American former player in Major League Baseball who played 22 seasons for the St. ...


After Brock was traded to the Cardinals, his career turned around significantly, as he batted .348 for the Cardinals in the remainder of the 1964 season and stole 38 bases, leading them to winning the 1964 World Series. As Brock's career continued to thrive with the Cardinals, Broglio's crashed, and he was out of baseball by 1966. Brock on the other hand, had many more successful seasons playing with the Cardinals until his last season of play in 1979. To this day, the Brock for Broglio trade is considered by Cubs fans to be the worst in franchise history. However, 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 trade. The 1964 World Series, the 56th playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, pitted the National League champion St. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... The phrase Brock for Broglio is sometimes used to signify a ridicuously lopsided trade between two teams. ...

Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Brock
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Hall of Fame

During his career, Brock helped the Cardinals to National League pennant 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. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1964 World Series, the 56th playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, pitted the National League champion St. ... The 1967 World Series matched the St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1968 World Series featured the defending champion St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940... Michael Stephen Lolich (born September 12, 1940 in Portland, Oregon) was a baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1962 until 1979, playing the majority of his career with the Detroit Tigers. ...


Facts and Stats

Lou Brock (center) with two fans

In 1967, Brock became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ...


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. The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in their first... June 17 is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Henry Louis Hank Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Joseph Wilbur Adcock (October 30, 1927 - May 3, 1999) was a Major League Baseball first baseman/outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1950-52), Boston & Milwaukee Braves (1953-62), Cleveland Indians (1963), and Los Angeles & California Angels (1964-66). ... The following are the events of the year 1953 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... For the band, see Babe Ruth (band). ...


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. Maurice Morning Maury Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, DC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitting batter who played most prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-66, 1969-72), and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967-68) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... In baseball, there are two legal pitching positions, the windup, and the set. ... Pickoff attempt on runner (in red) at first base A pickoff is an act by a pitcher, throwing a live ball to a fielder so that the fielder would tag out a baserunner who is either leading off or about to begin stealing the next base. ...


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. April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 to 2004. ... Jarry Park Stadium (Stade Jarry) was a Montréal baseball stadium and home to the Montréal Expos; Major League Baseballs first Canadian franchise from 1969-1976. ...


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). All-star (also, Allstar or All Star) is a term with meanings in both the worlds of sports and entertainment. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ...


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 1970). The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... Rickey Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is baseballs major-league all-time leader by a very wide margin in stolen bases. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - The Baseball Writers Association of America elects former New York Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. ... Maurice Morning Maury Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, DC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitting batter who played most prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-66, 1969-72), and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967-68) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ... Bobby Tolan (born Robert Tolan on November 19, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ...


Overall, Brock batted .293 in 19 seasons, amassing a total of 3023 hits. Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ...


Awards, honors and life after baseball

Statue of Brock outside Busch Stadium.
Statue of Brock outside Busch Stadium.

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. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 599 pixels Full resolution (532 × 708 pixel, file size: 100 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 599 pixels Full resolution (532 × 708 pixel, file size: 100 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Busch Stadium (also referred to informally as New Busch Stadium or Busch Stadium III) is the new home for the St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... For the band, see Babe Ruth (band). ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - The Baseball Writers Association of America elects former New York Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-June January 23 - Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 throughout the world. ... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the first half of the twentieth century. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ...


Brock was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The St. ...


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. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... In 1999, MasterCard sponsored 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, where he is almost always greeted by a chant of "Loooouuuuuuuuuuuu". This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Phi Beta Sigma (ΦΒΣ) Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. ...


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 Boccabella.


Brock and his wife are both ordained ministers serving at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in St. Louis.[1]


Brock's speed was referenced in the song Check the Rhime by the the pioneering "jazz rap" hip-hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest Check the Rhime was the first single from A Tribe Called Quests second album The Low End Theory. ... Jazz rap is a fusion of alternative hip hop music and jazz, developed in the very late 1980s and early 1990s. ... A Tribe Called Quest is a critically acclaimed American hip-hop group, formed in 1988. ...


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 Award. Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Bobby Bragan has worked since 1992 to motivate the youth of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to become better scholars, citizens, and athletes, and to serve as leaders and role models for their peers. ...


Brock is the father of former USC Trojan and NFL player Lou Brock Jr. Doheny Library. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Louis Clark Brock, Jr. ...


Even though his stolen base record has been surpassed, the National League honors each stolen base leader with the Lou Brock award. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ...


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Preceded by
Frank Robinson
Babe Ruth Award
1967
Succeeded by
Mickey Lolich
Preceded by
Willie Stargell
National League Player of the Month
May 1971
Succeeded by
Willie Stargell
Preceded by
Don Gullett
National League Player of the Month
August 1974
Succeeded by
Joe Morgan
Preceded by
Don Sutton
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1977
Succeeded by
Don Kessinger
Preceded by
George Foster
National League Player of the Month
May 1979
Succeeded by
George Foster
Preceded by
Willie Stargell
NL Comeback Player of the Year
1979
Succeeded by
Jerry Reuss
Preceded by
Maury Wills
Major League Baseball single season stolen base record holder
19741982
Succeeded by
Rickey Henderson

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