“Lou Brock was the most respected member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization and the best to wear a bird on the bat,” said William David Jr., CEO and principal owner of the Cardinals. “He was a sports ambassador across the country and a fan favorite who has been associated with millions of baseball fans for generations. He will be remembered and remembered forever.”
Lou Brock, a former fielder, began his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1961 before making deals with the Cardinals in the 1964 season. According to the team, the business is the largest in the history of the Cardinals franchise.
As a member of the Cardinals, Brock was a six-time All-Star and won two World Series titles in 1964 and 1967. Brock retired from baseball after the 1979 season in which he hit .304 at the age of 40. At the time of his retirement, he had 3,023 hits and his career batting average was .293.
Brock held a record of 938 burglary locations from 1971 to 1991, when he was overtaken by current record holder Ricky Henderson by 1,406.
MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said, “Lou was one of the most exciting players in the game, becoming the 14th player in history to reach 3,000 hits and the baseball steal base in a single season and career over the years. He had the best record, “said Robert Manfred Jr., CMLB Commissioner. He is best known for his stellar performances in three World Series. Lu was a great representative of our national comfort and he will be deeply remembered. ”
Brock has been active in baseball since his retirement in various roles, including working in the Cardinals broadcast booth as well as serving as a base-running consultant for the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expo. The team said he has been a special instructor for the Cardinals – Teaching Base Running and Outfield Games since 1995.
“Lou Brock completed the stolen base art in his 19-year Hall of Fame career and recently appreciated his membership,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Ted Simmons, Brock’s partner and a fellow Hall of Famer, said he would remember two things about Brock.
“At first she had a trembling smile. Whenever you’re in Lu’s room, you can’t remember it – the biggest, brightest, most airy smile on earth,” Simmons said. “The other was that he must have been hurt a lot, but not once in my life did I know he was injured.”
The Cardinals said Brock was born on June 18, 1939, in El Drado, Arkansas and grew up in Louisiana. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline, daughter, Wanda, sons, Lou Jr. and Emory, stepmother Marvin Hay and Jacqueline Meinz, grandchildren, Olivia, Colston, Spencer and Iris, and is preceded in death by his son Daniel.
“Players like Brock come once in a lifetime,” said Ken Boyer, Brock’s partner and manager. “If he is often.”