Lou Brock, a first-ballot Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals legend, died Sunday at the age of 81, the team announced Sunday night.
At the time of his retirement, Brock was Major League Baseball's all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He also set a single-season stolen bases record with 118 in 1974. Both of those records were broken by Rickey Henderson, who stole 1,406 bases in his career and 130 bases in 1982.
Brock also collected 3,023 hits during his 19-year career from 1961-1979 with the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
On June 15, 1964, Brock was involved in one of the most famous trades in major league history, when the Cubs traded him to the Cardinals in exchange for Ernie Broglio, Doug Clemens and Bobby Shantz. Along with starting pitcher Bob Gibson and center fielder Curt Flood, Brock was an anchor for the Cardinals as its combination of speed, defense and pitching made St. Louis a top team in the 160s.
Lou Brock throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium in 2016. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)
A six-time All-Star selection, Brock was a part of two World Series-winning Cardinals teams in 1964 and 1967, and also played in the 1968 World Series.
Brock was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
Brock’s death came after Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver died Monday. Brock and Seaver faced each other 157 times, the most prolific matchup for both of them in their careers.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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