Lou Brock was born on Sunday, June 18, 1939, in El Dorado, Arkansas. Brock was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1961, with the Chicago Cubs. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Lou Brock baseball stats page.
"Lou Brock, along with Maury Wills , are probably the two players most responsible for the biggest change in the game over the last fifteen years." - Tom Seaver in High-scoring Baseball (Todd Guilliams, Human Kinetics, 11/27/2012, Stolen Bases , Page 33)
Lou 'The Franchise' Brock Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck (#H6)
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|1961 Chicago Cubs||24||$4,800.00||-||-|
|1962 Chicago Cubs||24||$8,000.00||-||-|
|1963 Chicago Cubs||24||$9,500.00||-||-|
|1964 Chicago Cubs||24||$12,000.00||-||Stats|
|1964 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$20,000.00||-||Stats|
|1965 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$27,500.00||-||-|
|1966 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$40,000.00||-||-|
|1967 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$65,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1968 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$70,000.00||-||Stats|
|1969 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$80,000.00||-||-|
|1970 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$85,000.00||-||-|
|1971 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$110,000.00||Stats||-|
|1972 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$110,000.00||Stats||-|
|1973 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$110,000.00||-||-|
|1974 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$135,000.00||Stats||-|
|1975 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$180,000.00||Stats||-|
|1976 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$185,000.00||-||-|
|1977 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$150,000.00||-||-|
|1978 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$140,000.00||-||-|
|1979 St. Louis Cardinals||20||$125,000.00||Stats||-|
|Lou Brock Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Louis Clark Brock was a Major League Baseball player with the Chicago Cubs (1961-1964) and St. Louis Cardinals (1964-1979). Did you know that Lou, his nickname, was the first player ever to bat in a regular season game in Canada (picture below)? The Franchise was batting lead-off on April 14, 1969 , the first game against the Montreal Expos in Canada. Brock lined out to second base during that at-bat and former teammate Larry Jaster was on the mound at the time. A Lou Brock biography, by Baseball Almanac :
Lou Brock First At-Bat in Canada | CBC Television | April 14, 1969 / 1:35 p.m.
LOU BROCK BIOGRAPHY
Lou Brock signed with the Cubs in 1961 and after tearing up the Northern League with a .361 batting average he made the jump to the majors the following season. His first two years with Chicago were uneventful although he showed some of the speed and power that were to become his trademark. Brocks one accomplishment of note was a 450 homerun blasted into the centerfield bleachers of the Polo Grounds, making him just one of four players to ever hit one there. But overall his batting and fielding were mediocre and he struck out a lot. Brock was hitting just .251 for the Cubbies in June, 1964 when Chicago decided to trade him to St. Louis in a six player deal with Cardinal pitcher Ernie Broglio being the key acquisition for the Cubs.
On the surface the deal appeared to favor Chicago for Broglio had been a solid starter for St. Louis the past three years while Brock had struggled to achieve his potential. When the trade was made the Cardinals were in fourth place behind the Phillies, Giants and Reds. Right away Brock became a catalyst for St. Louis providing power and speed from the leadoff spot. He went on to bat .348 for the rest of the season to finish at .315 with 200 hits, 43 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. St. Louis went in to first place the final week of the season and clinched the pennant on the final day. The Cardinals then went on to face the Yankees in the World Series and emerged victorious in an exciting seven games as Brock hit .300, homered and drove in five runs.
Now that he was firmly entrenched as a regular Brock began to show his abilities and talent on a regular basis. He scored 107 runs and swiped 63 bases in 1965 and won his first NL stolen base title with 74 thefts in 1966. The 1967 season saw St. Louis return to championship form and Brock was once again one of the keys to Cardinal success. He had perhaps his greatest season leading the league in runs scored (113), stolen bases (52), and had career highs in hits (206) and homeruns (21). St. Louis cruised to the National League Flag and faced the miracle Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Although Bob Gibson went on to win series MVP for his three wins in the seven game Cardinal triumph, Brock shined as well, tying or breaking four WS records. He hit .414, slugged a homer and stole seven bases without being thrown out. St. Louis made it into the Fall Classic the following season and, although the Redbirds fell to Detroit in seven games, Brock managed to better his 1967 series performance, batting .464 (the top mark on both teams) hitting two homeruns and again swiping seven bases.
Brock won his fourth straight NL Stolen Base Title in 1969 with 53 steals and, after slipping to second the following season, went on to lead the league again four straight times topping things off with a Major League Record 118 in 1974 to break Maury Wills' mark of 104. At 35 he became the oldest player to steal 100 bases and his mark remains the top National League figure with Rickey Henderson having set a new all time season record of 130 in 1982. In 1977 he broke Ty Cobb's career record of 896 and went on to finish with a lifetime total of 938 (another figure eclipsed by Henderson ). After a disappointing 1978 season Brock bounced back to hit .304 in his final campaign in1979 which was highlighted by his 3,000th career hit . In 1985 he was elected to the all of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Lou Brock 1979 Topps #415 | All-Time Career & Single Season Stolen Bases
wrote about Lou Brock in his
Tales from the Cardinals Dugout
(Sports Publishing, 04/01/2003, Page 9), "BASE BURGLARS: Base stealing, I think, is not so much speed as it is an explosive start. Lou Brock had it. And
had it. The first couple of steps, those two guys just exploded. Lou was the first base runner who made base stealing a science, even more so than
did. During games, Lou would sit in the dugout with a stopwatch, timing pitchers. He wanted to know how long it took each one to release the ball to home plate. And he knew how long it took him to run to second. He n't care about the catcher. The only thing he needed to know about him was how good his arm was." This "base burglar" had his
retired by the Cardinals in 1979, and Major League Baseball also described him with that same term:
If it's been said once, it's been said a million times. The Cardinals' acquisition of outfielder Lou Brock from the Chicago Cubs on June 15, 1964, ranks as perhaps the greatest steal in baseball history. St. Louis traded pitchers Ernie Broglio and Bobby Shantz and outfielder Doug Clemens in exchange for Brock and pitchers Jack Spring and Paul Toth .
Over the course of his career with the Cardinals, Brock established himself as the most prolific base stealer in baseball history to that time. His 938 stolen bases stood as the major league record until Rickey Henderson bettered the mark in 1991. Brock's total remains the National League standard, and he holds the major league record with 12 seasons of 50 or more steals. Brock led the N.L. in thefts on eight occasions (1966 to 1969 and 1971 to 1974). He set the season record with 118 in 1974, bettering the mark of 104 by Maury Wills during the 1962 campaign. In 1978, the N.L. announced that its annual stolen base leader would receive the Lou Brock Award , making Brock the first active player to have an award named after him.
But Brock was more than a base burglar. He was a career .293 batter with 3,023 hits. Seven times he batted at a .300 or better clip. In 1967, Brock slugged 21 home runs and had 76 RBI from the leadoff spot. He also had 52 stolen bases to become the first player in baseball history with 20 homers and 50 steals. The following year, Brock topped the N.L. in doubles (46), triples (14) and stolen bases (62), the first player in the Senior Circuit to do so since Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1908. Brock joined the 3,000-hit club Aug. 13, 1979, with a fourth-inning single off Dennis Lamp of the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.
Brock paid immediate dividends in St. Louis, batting .348 for the balance of the 1964 season and propelling the Cardinals from eighth place in the N.L. to a World Championship over the New York Yankees. The Cardinals won the World Series again in 1967 over the Boston Red Sox and were N.L. champions in 1968. Brock was at his best in postseason play. His .391 career batting average (34-for-87) is a World Series record, while his 14 stolen bases are tied for the most all time with Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox.
On the Cardinals' career lists, Brock ranks first in stolen bases (888 - Vince Coleman is second with 549); second in games (2,289), at-bats (9,125), runs (1,427), hits (2,713), doubles (434) and total bases (3,776); fourth in triples (121); fifth in walks (681); and eighth in RBI (814). He was a six-time N.L. All-Star.
Brock remained active in baseball since retiring as a player following the 1979 season. He worked in the Cardinals' broadcast booth from 1981 to 1984; was a baserunning consultant for the Minnesota Twins in 1987, Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988 and Montreal Expos in 1993; and has served as a special instructor for the Cardinals (baserunning and outfield play) since 1995. He was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1985.
Lou Brock | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1985 ( HOF )
Lou Brock hit for the cycle on May 27, 1975 , the sixteenth cycle in franchise history for the St. Louis Cardinals. When Baseball Almanac started online in 1999, one of the very first baseball feats we ever paid homage to on the site was Lou Brock's 118 Stolen Bases .
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