NEW YORK – Hall of Famer Lou Brock, one of baseball’s signature leadoff hitters and base Steelers, helped the St. Louis Cardinals win three pennies and two World Series titles in the 1960s. He was 81.
Brock’s longtime agent and friend Dick Zitzman confirmed Brock’s death on Sunday, but said he could not provide any details. The Cardinals and Cubs also witnessed a moment of silence in the outfielder’s memory before their game at Wrigley Field.
Brock lost a leg from diabetes in recent years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2017.
“Being my agent for over 25 years, he was probably the happiest Hall of Famer I’ve ever encountered,” Zitzman said.
“I think he led a life that will never be duped,” he said.
Brock stole 938 bases in his career, including 118 in 1974 – both of which were big league records until they were broken by Rick Henderson.
Brock died on Monday after the Hall of Famer. Brock and Sewer faced each other 157 times, the most spectacular matchup for both in their careers.
Along with starter Bob Gibson and center fielder Kurt Flood, Brock was an anchor for St. Louis, as its combination of speed, defense and pitching made it the top team in the ’60s and the National League’s more aggressive style at the time. Was a symbol. Compared to the American League.
The Cards were World Series champions in 1964 and 1967 and lost in 1968 to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. Opposing teams were warned to keep Brock away from the base, especially in the low-scoring years of 1967–68 when a single player could often win. A game. But the fast-paced fielder with a popup slide was a consistent base-stealing champion and run maker.
A lifetime .293 hitter, he led the league in steals eight times, 100 or more runs seven times and hit 3,023.
The .391 postson play, with four homers, 16 RBIs and 14 styles, was better at batting in 21 World Series games. He delivered a record 13 hits in the 1968 World Series, and in Game 4, the Cardinals beat Detroit and 31-game winner Denny McLean 10–1 and doubled.
Brock never played in any other World Series after 1968, but he continued to maintain a lot during the final 11 years of his career.
He was so synonymous with base stealing that in 1978, as the leader of the National League was active for stealing, becoming the first major league to receive the award for the Lou Brock Award. For Brock, base theft was an art form and a type of war. He was one of the first players to have studied films on opposing pitches and once relied on skill and psychology on the basis.
In his 1976 memoir “Low Brock: Stealing Is My Game” he spoke of his success. Take a “slight lead” and “be completely stable.” The pitcher was obliged to move, if only “to deliver the pitch”. “Besides, he has two things on his mind: the batsman and me,” Brock wrote. “I have only one thing – to steal it.” The very business of discouraging him is wonderfully complex. “
Brock closed out his career in batting .304 in 1979, making it his sixth All-Star Game and winning the Comeback Player of the Year. The team retired his uniform number, 20, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985, the first year of his eligibility.
The soft-spoken Brock did not mind, determined to steal the score and sometimes even opponents and teammates when the cards were far ahead. He also made two damaging mistakes, which cost St. Louis ’68 World Series’.
In Game 5, 3-2 in the cards at the top of the fifth and leading the series 3–1, Brock doubled with one out and seemed certain to score when Julian Xavier dropped one . But Brock never attempted to slide and Fielder arrived just in time to catch Willie Horton’s strong throw.
The Tigers were many of them who described that moment as a turning point. They won 5–3 in Game 5 and finished in the final two in St. Louis. In Game 7, Detroit won 4–1, Brock made another crucial lapse: a single to pick up by Mickey Lolich of the Tigers after a single to start the sixth inning.
After his playing career ended, Brock worked as a florist and a commentator for ABC’s “Monday Night Baseball” and was a regular for the Cards in spring training. He worked as a part-time instructor, while being an autograph favorite for fans, some of them wore Brock-a-Brales, a hat with an umbrella top that they designed.