By Drake Mann (@drakemann4)
On Sunday afternoon, the baseball world was shocked by the death of former Cardinals legend Lou Brock at 81-years-old. As a Cardinals fan myself, at my age, I never got to see Lou Brock play in person. The stories that he left behind and the impact he made in St. Louis and around baseball is unreal.
Normally, you see me breaking down prospects or looking at data and analytics. This article won’t be like that, this article will be looking back at one of the greatest Cardinals to ever grace the birds on the bat.
The Steal of the Century:
The Cardinals originally acquired Lou Brock from the Cubs in exchange for Ernie Broglio – we all know how that turned out. Broglio went on to win seven games in three seasons and pitched to a 5.40 ERA (5.23 FIP) and a 7.3 K% in over 213.1 innings for the Cubs. Meanwhile, Brock made his presence known in St. Louis, stealing 33 bases in his first year with the Cardinals and hitting .348/.387/.527 in that period.
After that start, the accolades just kept piling up for Brock before he retired in 1979
3,023 Hits (27th in baseball history)
938 Stolen Bases (2nd in baseball history)
.293/.343/.410 career slash line
118 stolen bases in a single season
Brock was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1985 and was elected into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014. His jersey number (20) was retired by the Cardinals as well in 1979. This rounds out his impressive resume as a major league baseball player.
The Cardinals recently lost two legends Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst, now losing Lou Brock is heartbreaking for Cardinals Nation to say the least. While we can no longer chant “Louuuuu” on Opening Day in St. Louis. Lou Brock has done plenty in his lifetime to be remembered, and I always remember that one famous saying from The Sandlot.
“Heroes get remembered but legends never die”
The legend that is Lou Brock will forever be passed down from generation to generation. Much like his statue in front of Busch Stadium, Lou Brock’s story and legacy should be a constant reminder of what Lou Brock meant to the game of baseball.