Lou Brock Stats

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 Brock

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Lou "The Franchise" Brock Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck (#H6)

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Birth Name:
Louis Clark Brock
Nickname:
The Franchise
Born On:
06-18-1939  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
El Dorado, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Union High School (Monroe, LA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
09-10-1961 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-30-1979
Draft:
Not Applicable
Lou Brock

Lou Brock Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Lou Brock

Lou Brock Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1961 22 Cubs 4 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .091 .167 .091
1962 23 Cubs 123 434 73 114 24 7 9 1 35 35 4 96 0 5 3 5 .263 .319 .412
1963 24 Cubs 148 547 79 141 19 11 9 0 37 31 2 122 2 4 4 2 .258 .300 .382
1964 25 Cubs 52 215 30 54 9 2 2 0 14 13 0 40 1 0 2 3 .251 .300 .340
1964 25 Cardinals 103 419 81 146 21 9 12 0 44 27 0 87 12 4 2 2 .348 .387 .527
1965 26 Cardinals 155 631 107 182 35 8 16 0 69 45 6 116 11 0 10 2 .288 .345 .445
1966 27 Cardinals 156 643 94 183 24 12 15 0 46 31 6 134 0 1 3 7 .285 .320 .429
1967 28 Cardinals 159 689 113 206 32 12 21 0 76 24 6 109 2 3 6 6 .299 .327 .472
1968 29 Cardinals 159 660 92 184 46 14 6 0 51 46 7 124 1 2 3 4 .279 .328 .418
1969 30 Cardinals 157 655 97 195 33 10 12 0 47 50 15 115 2 1 2 2 .298 .349 .434
1970 31 Cardinals 155 664 114 202 29 5 13 0 57 60 12 99 1 3 1 10 .304 .361 .422
1971 32 Cardinals 157 640 126 200 37 7 7 0 61 76 5 107 1 2 1 5 .313 .385 .425
1972 33 Cardinals 153 621 81 193 26 8 3 0 42 47 12 93 3 3 1 6 .311 .359 .393
1973 34 Cardinals 160 650 110 193 29 8 7 0 63 71 15 112 1 5 0 9 .297 .364 .398
1974 35 Cardinals 153 635 105 194 25 7 3 0 48 61 16 88 2 1 2 8 .306 .368 .381
1975 36 Cardinals 136 528 78 163 27 6 3 0 47 38 6 64 3 0 3 7 .309 .359 .400
1976 37 Cardinals 133 498 73 150 24 5 4 0 67 35 7 75 4 6 1 19 .301 .344 .394
1977 38 Cardinals 141 489 69 133 22 6 2 0 46 30 2 74 0 0 2 6 .272 .317 .354
1978 39 Cardinals 92 298 31 66 9 0 0 0 12 17 2 29 1 1 0 4 .221 .263 .252
1979 40 Cardinals 120 405 56 123 15 4 5 0 38 23 1 43 0 5 3 7 .304 .342 .398
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
19 Years 2,616 10,332 1,610 3,023 486 141 149 1 900 761 124 1,730 47 46 49 114 .293 .343 .410
Lou Brock

Lou Brock Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1961 Cubs CF 3 3 63 8 2.7 6 6 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 2.57
1962 Cubs CF 106 101 2,690 249 2.3 240 234 6 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.41
1963 Cubs RF 140 132 3,597 291 2.1 283 266 17 8 7 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.12
1964 Cubs CF 2 1 33 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
1964 Cardinals CF 2 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1964 Cardinals LF 99 99 2,639 188 1.9 177 172 5 11 0 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.81
1964 Cubs RF 51 50 1,355 95 1.9 91 84 7 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.81
1964 Cardinals RF 4 3 84 8 2.0 8 7 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1965 Cardinals CF 2 0 15 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1965 Cardinals LF 149 146 3,924 287 1.9 275 264 11 12 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.89
1965 Cardinals RF 8 7 162 11 1.4 11 10 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.83
1966 Cardinals LF 122 117 3,196 236 1.9 223 216 7 13 1 n/a n/a n/a .945 1.88
1966 Cardinals RF 35 35 904 61 1.7 55 54 1 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .902 1.64
1967 Cardinals LF 157 155 4,222 301 1.9 288 276 12 13 2 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.84
1968 Cardinals LF 156 155 4,201 292 1.9 278 269 9 14 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.79
1969 Cardinals LF 157 154 4,116 274 1.7 260 253 7 14 2 n/a n/a n/a .949 1.71
1970 Cardinals LF 149 149 4,041 256 1.7 246 237 9 10 2 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.64
1970 Cardinals RF 3 3 87 10 3.3 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.10
1971 Cardinals LF 155 153 4,101 285 1.8 271 264 7 14 3 n/a n/a n/a .951 1.78
1971 Cardinals RF 1 1 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1972 Cardinals LF 149 147 3,911 269 1.8 256 250 6 13 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.77
1973 Cardinals LF 159 156 4,149 325 2.0 313 310 3 12 1 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.04
1974 Cardinals LF 152 150 3,925 295 1.9 285 277 8 10 2 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.96
1975 Cardinals LF 128 126 3,194 267 2.1 258 253 5 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.18
1976 Cardinals LF 123 119 3,062 230 1.9 226 220 6 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 1.99
1977 Cardinals LF 130 121 2,706 196 1.5 187 185 2 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .954 1.87
1978 Cardinals LF 79 70 1,765 117 1.5 114 112 2 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.74
1979 Cardinals LF 98 95 2,299 165 1.7 159 152 7 6 2 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.87
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
LF Totals 2,162 2,112 55,451 3,983 1.8 3,816 3,710 106 167 18 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.86
RF Totals 242 231 6,216 476 2.0 458 431 27 18 9 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.99
CF Totals 115 105 2,810 259 2.3 248 242 6 11 2 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.38
19 Years 2,519 2,448 64,477 4,718 1.9 4,522 4,383 139 196 29 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.89
Lou Brock

Lou Brock Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1961 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.7 0.0 - - -
1962 Cubs 16 7 .696 16 5 n/a 48.2 4.5 12.4 - - -
1963 Cubs 24 12 .667 13 0 n/a 60.8 4.5 14.8 - - -
1964 Cubs 10 3 .769 1 0 n/a 107.5 5.4 15.4 - - -
1964 Cardinals 33 15 .688 1 0 n/a 34.9 4.8 9.5 - - -
1965 Cardinals 63 27 .700 1 1 n/a 39.4 5.4 9.1 - - -
1966 Cardinals 74 18 .804 1 1 n/a 42.9 4.8 14.0 - - -
1967 Cardinals 52 18 .743 4 0 n/a 32.8 6.3 9.1 - - -
1968 Cardinals 62 12 .838 3 0 n/a 110.0 5.3 12.9 - - -
1969 Cardinals 53 14 .791 2 0 n/a 54.6 5.7 13.9 - - -
1970 Cardinals 51 15 .773 3 0 n/a 51.1 6.7 11.6 - - -
1971 Cardinals 64 19 .771 2 0 n/a 91.4 6.0 10.5 - - -
1972 Cardinals 63 18 .778 5 1 n/a 207.0 6.7 14.8 - - -
1973 Cardinals 70 20 .778 2 1 n/a 92.9 5.8 10.3 - - -
1974 Cardinals 118 33 .781 3 0 n/a 211.7 7.2 13.2 - - -
1975 Cardinals 56 16 .778 10 0 n/a 176.0 8.3 11.2 - - -
1976 Cardinals 56 19 .747 12 1 n/a 124.5 6.6 7.4 - - -
1977 Cardinals 35 24 .593 19 1 n/a 244.5 6.6 10.6 - - -
1978 Cardinals 17 5 .773 18 3 n/a 0.0 10.3 24.8 - - -
1979 Cardinals 21 12 .636 22 2 n/a 81.0 9.4 10.7 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
19 Years 938 307 .753 138 17 n/a 69.3 6.0 11.5 - - -
Lou Brock

Lou Brock Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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 -


Did you know that Lou Brock 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. We hope you enjoy the following brief biographical information written by Dennis E. Yuhasz for Baseball Almanac:
Lou Brock First At-Bat in Canada
Lou Brock First At-Bat in Canada | CBC Television | April 14, 1969 / 1:35 p.m.

LOU BROCK BIOGRAPHY

Every season teams in a pennant race approach the trading deadline with the goal of obtaining the “missing piece” to their puzzle that will enable them to separate themselves from the rest of the contenders and go on to post season play. Baseball history lists many trades made that either succeeded or fizzled and one deal that is highly regarded as one of the most successful of all time is the one in 1964 that sent Lou Brock from the Cubs to the Cardinals. Brock was immediately inserted into the St. Louis starting lineup in leftfield and the Redbirds went on to overtake four teams in a Pennant race that went to the wire.

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. Brock’s 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 on Topps
Lou Brock 1979 Topps #415 | All-Time Career & Single Season Stolen Bases
Bob Forsch 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 Vince Coleman 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 Maury Wills 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 #20 retired by the Cardinals in 1979, and on MLB.com ( link ), they 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 has 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 Hall of Fame Plaque
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 .

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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