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Lou Brock

Among nearly 20,000 players to play Major League Baseball, Brock is the 22nd all-time hits leader with 3,023 lifetime hits and he is the 2nd all-time stolen base leader with 938 lifetime stolen bases. He was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1985. He was named one of the TOP 100 PLAYERS of the 20th Century. The Lou Brock statue is mounted in the St. Louis Cardinal’s statue pavilion at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Brock began his 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs. He was traded three years later to the St. Louis Cardinals. During the next 16 years with the Cardinals he became one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. He batted a combined .391 in three World Series and batted a combined .375 in six All-Star games. He also batted over .300 seven times in his career. Lou Brock is the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to have an award named in his honor while still an active player. The Lou Brock Award is granted to the National League player with the most stolen bases each year.

Lou Brock was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. He grew up in Collinston, Louisiana on a poverty stricken cotton plantation where he picked and chopped cotton to help his family survive. After elementary school he attended Union High School in Mer Rouge, LA., where he played basketball, baseball and participated on the math and chemistry teams. After the first semester at Southern University, he lost his acquired academic scholarship when he received a C+ rather than the required B average. During the semester break, he lived on campus with friends and volunteered to retrieve balls for the college baseball team. One day after nearly passing out from exhaustion, the coaches rewarded him for his effort with five batting practice swings. He promptly hit three of the five balls over the fence and was given a full a baseball scholarship on the spot. At Southern, Brock was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to play on the USA Pan American Baseball Team and led Southern University to the NAIA World Series Championship. After college he entered Major League Baseball and for the next 19 years he became one of the greatest players of all-time.

Currently Lou Brock is a spring training instructor for the St. Louis Cardinals and he is considered one of major league baseball’s finest ambassadors.