By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock passed away on Sunday. He was 81.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. Brock had battled many health problems in recent years.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my condolences to the family and friends of Hall of Famer Lou Brock, as well as the loyal fans of the St. Louis Cardinals,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Lou was among the game’s most exciting players, becoming the 14th player in history to reach 3,000 hits and holding Baseball’s all-time record for stolen bases in a season and career for many years. He was known for his dominant performances in his three career World Series. Lou was an outstanding representative of our National Pastime and he will be deeply missed.”
Due to a diabetic condition in October 2015, he had his left leg amputated below the knee. Two years later in April 2017, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that starts in an individual’s bone marrow’s plasma cells.
Brock received treatment and it was believed that the cancer was gone in July 2017.
He passed away before the St. Louis Cardinals played the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The teams held a moment of silence.
“Lou Brock was one of the most revered members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization and one of the very best to ever wear the Birds on the Bat,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a news release. “He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.”
Brock played for the Cubs and the Cardinals in his career. He played in Chicago from 1961-1964 before moving to St. Louis, where he played from 1964-1979.
As a player, he was a six-time All-Star and a two-time World Series Champion in 1964 and 1967. Brock also was the Roberto Clemente Award in 1975.
The Cardinals has his No. 20 retired by the team. He is also in the team’s Hall of Fame.
He was the all-time base leader and single-season stolen base leader, before Ricky Henderson came around and broke both records. Brock was an eight-time NL stolen base leader.
He went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1985.
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