Louis Clark Brock was a professional American baseball outfielder. He was born on June 18, 1939, in El Dorado, Arkansas. He started his 19-year career with the 1961Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball (MLB) but spent the bulk of the big league career as a left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1985, Brock was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 2014 the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.
For the St. Louis Cardinals he was a special mentor coach. Brock was best known for breaking the all-time stolen base record of Ty Cobb in 1977 for the major league. He was a six-season All-Star and a stolen base leader for eight seasons in the National League (NL). Brock led the NL in 1968, in doubles and triples. In 1972 he also led the NL in singles and was the runner-up for the 1974 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
Lou Brock Age
He was 81 years old.
Lou Brock Family
Brock was born into a family of sharecroppers, in El Dorado, Arkansas. By the time he was two years old, his family moved to Collinston, Louisiana. Although his family had little income, he said he never felt poor because, “If you don’t have something, you don’t miss it.” Brock grew up as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team that included Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, and Roy Campanella. While he did not play in organized baseball until he entered 11th grade, from listening to Cardinals radio announcer Harry Caray he learned a lot about the sport, explaining the way major league hitters stood at the plate.
In his first year of college baseball, Brock hit for a.189 batting average but improved the following year to hit for an average of.500. During his junior year, Southern University won the NAIA baseball championship, and Brock was picked in the Pan American Games of 1959 for the United States baseball team. When Brock wanted to try out for a professional baseball career, he flew to St. Louis to try out for the Cardinals, but the scout who had suggested signing Ray Washburn was in Seattle.
He then wanted to try it out for the Chicago Cubs, who in 1960 signed him as a free amateur agent. Brock, who was assigned to play for the St. Cloud Rox, won the 1961 Northern League batting championship with a batting average of .361. It would be his only minor league baseball season as the Cubs wanted to move him to major leagues.
Brock was the first player ever to bat in a major league regular-season game in Canada, in a rare (if incidental) achievement. Leading off against Montreal Expo pitcher Larry Jaster (a Brock’s Cardinal teammate just the year before, who had been purchased by the Expos in the expansion draft of that offseason) in the April 14, 1969 Cardinals game at Jarry Park, he lined up to second baseman Gary Sutherland.
Lou Brock Death Cause
ST. LOUIS – According to the Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Lou Brock passed away Sunday afternoon at 81 years old. Brock was confirmed to have died Sunday afternoon after several medical problems had been combated. Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ has reported Brock’s death.
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