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Lou Brock

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Lou Brock (born June 18, 1939, El Dorado, Arkansas) is an American former player in Major League Baseball.

Lou Brock was a left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s and 1970s. He batted and threw left-handed, breaking into the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1961 and later traded to the Cardinals during the 1964 season. Brock was traded to the Cardinals for pitcher Ernie Broglio. To this day, the trade is considered by Cubs fans to be the worst in franchise history. His last season of play was 1979. He batted .293 in 19 seasons, amassing a total of 3021 hits.

Blessed with great speed and baserunning instincts, Brock helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 1964 and 1967, defeating the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, respectively, before a Series loss to the Detroit Tigers in 1968.

Brock held the record for career stolen bases (938) until it was broken by Rickey Henderson. He led the National League in stolen bases seven times, with his best year being 1974 in which he stole 118 bases (a new single-season record, also later broken by Henderson).

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

After retiring from baseball, Brock prospered as a businessman, especially as a florist in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Lou Brock is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

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