Lou Brock, one of the best players of baseball, died on Sunday at the age of 81. Lou Brock’s death was confirmed by his family to the St. Louis Cardinals. Before his death, he was known as a “stolen base specialist.”
Meanwhile, Lou Brock played for the St Louis Cardinals for 16 seasons.
According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Brock played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, with 16 of those for the Cardinals. He is one of 32 players to hit 3,000 hits or more and has the second-most stolen bases in MLB history.
“Lou Brock was one of the most revered members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization and one of the very best to ever wear the Birds on the Bat,” said William DeWitt Jr., the Cardinals’ CEO and principal owner. “He was an ambassador of the game around the country and a fan favorite who connected with millions of baseball fans across multiple generations. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.”
Lou Brock was an outfielder, where he began his career with the Chicago Cubs in early 1961 before transfer to the Cardinals in 1964. In Cardinals history, they were ranked as the greatest team in the history of baseball.
During Lou Brock’s time as a member of the Cardinals, he won two World Series titles in 1964 and 1967. Brock retired from baseball after a 1979 season in which he hit .304 at age 40. When he retired, he had 3,023 hits and his career batting average was .293.
No doubt, In Lou Brock’s record, he stolen bases with 938 from 1971 to 1991, which is higher than the current baseball holder with 1,406 so far.
“Lou was among the game’s most exciting players, becoming the 14th player in history to reach 3,000 hits and holding Baseball’s all-time record for stolen bases in a season and career for many years,” said MLB commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. “He was known for his dominant performances in his three career World Series. Lou was an outstanding representative of our National Pastime and he will be deeply missed.”
Lou Brock retired inactive baseball in 1995, late served as a special instructor for the Cardinals teaching base running and outfield play, According to the team.
“Lou Brock perfected the art of the stolen base over a 19-year Hall of Fame career and cherished his membership in the Hall,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
According to Lou Brock’s playing mate, Ted Simmons said, Lou Brock was; “First was his vibrant smile. Whenever you were in a room with Lou, you couldn’t miss it the biggest, brightest, the most vibrant smile on earth.
“The other was that he was surely hurt numerous times, but never once in my life did I know he was playing hurt,” Simmons said.
Lou Brock was born on June 18th, 1939, in El Dorado, Arkansas, and grew up in Louisiana. Survived by his wife Jacqueline, daughter, Wanda, sons, Lou Jr. and Emory, stepchildren Marvin Hay and Jacqueline Means, grandchildren Darian, Alivia, Colston, Spencer, and Iris, and preceded in death by his son, Daniel.
“A player like Brock comes along once in a generation,” said Ken Boyer, Brock’s teammate, and manager. “If that often.”