- CF, OF, RF, LF
- June 18, 1939
- 5' 11"
- 170 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-10-1961 with CHN
- Allstar Selections:
- 1967 BR, 1974 ML, 1975 RC, 1977 LG, 1979 HA
- Hall of Fame:
A look back at Hall of Famer Lou Brock
Lou Brock picked up where Maury Wills left off and took the speed game to a new level. He broke both of the greatest theft records, retiring as the all-time stolen base king. He was one of the greatest World Series performers ever, batting .391 in 21 games, with 34 hits and 14 steals for the Cardinals. His trade from the Cubs to the Cardinals is one of the most lopsided in baseball annals.
Quotes From Lou Brock
"If you’re successful in what you do over a period of time, you’ll start approaching records, but that’s not what you’re playing for. You’re playing to challenge and be challenged. I don't think about goals and records. Competition is what keeps me playing."
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Best Season: 1967
Brock batted .299 (the league batted just .249), with 206 hits, 13 runs, 32 doubles, 12 triples, 21 home runs, 76 RBI, and 52 steals. He paced the NL in at-bats, runs, and steals. He had a 20-game hitting streak, a 17-game hitting streak, and a 16-game hitting streak. In the post-season, he almost single-handedly defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, reaching base 14 times in the seven games, batting .414 with eight runs scored and four extra-base hits. His seven steals set a World Series record.
Where He Played
Brock was a left fielder, almost exclusively, except for the 1962 (CF) and 1963 (RF) seasons with the Cubs, and a month's worth of games in right field for St. Louis in 1966, when Mike Shannon got hurt.
Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1961
#24 (1961-1964 Cubs), #20 (1964-1979)
Tim Raines and Willie Wilson.
Brock broke Ty Cobb's career stolen base record... Maury Wills helped usher in the era of the stolen base that Brock benefitted from... Rickey Henderson shattered both of Brock's stolen base marks (regular season abd career)... Willie Horton gunned down Brock at home plate in a famous play during the fifth game of the 1968 World Series.
Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1985 BBWAA 315 79.7%
1964 World Series
1967 World Series
1968 World Series
Brock may be the greatest post-season performer in baseball history. His .391 batting average in the World Series is the highest mark for any player with at least 75 at-bats.
On August 13, 1979, Brock collected his 3,000th career hit, a single off Chicago Cubs' pitcher Dennis Lamp.
September 10, 1974: 105th SB...
May 27, 1975: Cycle...
In 1974, 35-year old Lou Brock shattered Maury Wills' 12-year old record for steals in a season, swiping 118 bases. Here's a breakdown of Brock's stolen bases that season: 118 succesful steals and was caught 33 times (78%); 62 at home, 56 on the road; 83 against RHP, 35 against LHP; 40 during the day, 78 at night; 105 steals of second base, 13 steals of third base; his best month was August when he stole 29 bases; in April he was 13-of-14 in steal attempts; in May he was 17-of-18 and through June he was 48-for-54; he swiped 16 bases against the Phillies, the most against any team; he tried to steal just five times against the Reds, and was succesful three times, the fewest vs. any opponent; Brock was 15-for-15 in steal attempts against his former team, the Chicago Cubs. Phillies' infielder Larry Bowa said of Brock: "Everybody in the park knows he's going to run and he makes it anyway."... Many players have been included on All-Star teams in their final major league season, as a sort of tribute. Brock earned a spot on the team in his final year. His .322 average was among the league leaders in the NL at the break, and he was chosen as a reserve outfielder for the NL squad... Hitting Streaks: 26 games (1971), from April 30th to May 30th. Brock hit a sizzling .429 with 48 hits and 29 runs scored over the 26 games. The Cardinals went 19-6-1 over that span and rose to the top of the NL East standings. Brock also enjoyed a 20-game streak in 1967, a 19-gamer in 1966, 18-games in 1972, 17-games in 1967, 16-gamers in 1967 and 1969, and 15-gamers in 1970 and 1976... Was successful 76.7% of the time stealing off RHP, and 72.1% against LHP.
26 games (1971)
20 games (1967)
19 games (1966)
18 games (1972)
17 games (1967)
16 games (1969)
16 games (1967)
15 games (1976)
15 games (1970)
Signed as an amateur free agent by Chicago Cubs (August 22, 1960); Traded by Chicago Cubs with Jack Spring and Paul Toth to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz and Doug Clemens (June 15, 1964). This was probably the worst trade in Chicago Cubs history.
Would you believe a guy named Al Heist, who played center field for the 1961 Cubs? Later, when the Redbirds acquired him, Brock replaced Charley James in left field.
Beginning a month or so into the 1978 season, the Cardinals started to slip Jerry Mumphrey, Tony Scott and even Ted Simmons into left field. Brock's resurgent 1979 season knocked his challengers aside, but then he retired, and the Cards replaced him with a committee of guys in 1980, including Bobby Bonds, Dane Iorg, Leon Durham, Terry Kennedy, and Tito Landrum.
Best Strength as a Player
Speed and instincts.
Largest Weakness as a Player
Patience at the plate. Had Brock walked 25-40 more times a season, he would have been an even greater player. Despite 3,000 hits and a career .293 batting average, Brock's career on-base percentage was just .343 - not remarkable for a leadoff hitter.
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