One of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals players of all time has unfortunately passed away. Long time Outfielder Lou Brock has passed away today at the age of 81. A man who was known for his speed, Lou Brock may be best remembered across the MLB for breaking Ty Cobb’s stolen base record in 1977. For the Cardinals he was one of the foundations of their alumni and hall of fame. He was also a staple at every home opener which unfortunately was postponed this year.
Brock started his career with the Chicago Cubs from 1961 to 1964, where he had 60 stolen bases in 327 games. In June of 1964 the Cubs dealt Brock to St. Louis where he got the chance to play for the team he would listen to Harry Carey announce when he was a boy in Louisiana. Brock would go on to play over 2,200 games for the Cardinals, spanning the rest of his career. He ended up batting a career .297 for the Cardinals with 888 stolen bases and 129 home runs. Brock is one of 32 players to be in the 3,000 hit club, an achievement he reached in 1979.
Brock was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985, and is also a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Walk of Fame, as well as the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. He was named #58 on The Sporting News all time list of players and in St. Louis his legacy will live on forever, his picture and number will always be on the Busch Stadium wall and the Lindenwood University baseball field also is named after him. He will be missed by many but his legacy will always live on.