Category Archives: Lou Brock Collection

Lou Brock Was Once A Chicago Cub…

Lou Brock Was Once A Chicago Cub…

A long time ago, way before he became the Cardinals legend, Lou Brock was a Chicago Cub.

Brock debuted for the Cubs at the tail end of the 1961 baseball season, appearing in four games.

But by the start of the 1962 season, Brock became a regular on the Cubs’ roster. And he would remain there until 1/3 of the way through the 1964 season.

In his 2 1/3 seasons in Chicago, Brock collected 310 hits including 52 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 home runs. He scored 183 runs and drove in 86. As a Cub, Brock stole 50 bases.

Happy Birthday Lou Brock!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Brock!!!

Lou Brock turns 75 years old today.

And in standard ’30-YOC’ fashion, I will dedicate a full day’s worth of posts to the legendary player, Mr. Louis Brock.

It will be a fun day – I encourage you to check back often and learn a bit, or a bit more, about him.

Happy Birthday Mr. Brock!!

1985 Headline: Lou Brock Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1985 Headline:  Lou Brock Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1985, Lou Brock was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  At the time of his election, Brock was the all-time stolen bases leaders in major league history.  Also a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, Brock collected 3,023 total hits during his 19-year career.  Brock was a 6-time All-Star, and was part of two World Series championship winning teams with the Cardinals.

Brock was first eligible for election into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.  He was voted in on his first ballot capturing 315 of 395 votes cast, good for a 79.7% clip.

1974 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Sets Single-Season Stolen Base Record

1974 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Sets Single-Season Stolen Base Record

On this day in 1974, Lou Brock stole his 105th base of the season.  This stolen bases gave Brock the single-season record as he eclipsed the 104-mark set by Maury Wills in 1962.

But Brock didn’t slow down.  In fact, he kept right on running in 1974 and by the end of the baseball season, he had a new record – 118 swipes!

And while this record was relatively short-lived(it lasted just 8 years), this is what catapulted Brock’s status as one of the greatest runners that the sport had ever seen.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Mr. Brock!!!

1979 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

1979 HEADLINE: Lou Brock Joins The ‘3,000 Hits Club’!!!!

On this day in 1979 Lou Brock connected for the 3,000th hit of his career.

In front of his home crowd of almost 45,000 fans at Busch Stadium, Brock went 2-for-2 on the day and made baseball history in front of the most loyal fans in the game.

The victim that day was Dennis Lamp of the Chicago Cubs who gave up singles to Brock in both the second and fourth innings.  It’s kind of ironic that Brock’s historic achievement came against his former team huh??

Congratulations Mr. Brock!!!

Lou Brock & His 1962 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Lou Brock & His 1962 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

It is not his fault, not by any stretch, but Lou Brock’s rookie card is pretty bad.

Have a look:

As much as I like the 1962 Topps design, there is no escaping the horrible photo that accompanies Brock’s debut baseball card. It is awful!!

Still, I would love to own one. And yes, I would even take one of the many reprints that have been issued over the last decade+.

Lou Brock Offers Up A Pretty Great Looking Signature. And I’ve Got One!!!

Lou Brock Offers Up A Pretty Great Looking Signature. And I’ve Got One!!!

I try to collect all of the autographs of my favorite baseball legends. And while it will be virtually impossible to get them all, I can have the dream.

Lou Brock offers up a very clean and textbook signature. Extremely easy to read, and identify, there is no mistaking Brock’s signature for another…

Here are a few examples:

Photos:

Cards:

A here is my signed baseball:

I received this ball for Father’s Day a few years ago.  It ia a great addtion to my collection of balls of Cardinals legends. 

Today, in my collection, it rests with my Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, and Ozzie Smith signed baseballs.  Not a bad ‘Fab Four’ right there!!!

Lou Brock And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1985

Lou Brock And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1985

Lou Brock was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. In his first year of eligibility, Brock captured 315 of the 395 votes cast, good for a 79.7% clip.

His plaque at Cooperstown reads: “Baseball’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. Set major league record by stealing over 50 bases 12 times and NL record with 118 steals in 1974. Led NL in stolen bases 8 times. Collected 3,023 hits during 19 year career and holds world series record .391 batting average in 21 post-season games”.

Lou Brock And The 1964 & 1967 World Series Championships

Lou Brock And The 1964 & 1967 World Series Championships

Lou Brock played in three World Series match-ups during his career. He and his Cardinals teammates won titles in the 1964 and 1976 contests.

Brock was exceptional in post-season play. Even when his team lost in 1968, Brock was awesome!

In 21 World Series games, Brock amassed a .391 batting average while collecting 34 hits in 87 at-bats. Of the 87 hits, 7 were doubles, 2 were triples, and 4 were home runs. Brock scored sixteen runs in the Fall Classic while stealing 14 bases and driving in 13.

Lou Brock And The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

Lou Brock And The ‘3,000 Hits Club’

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 13, 1979

The Story – At home, and in front of 44,000+ fans, the Cardinals took on their divisional rivals – The Chicago Cubs. Ironically, the Cubs were the team that Brock entered the major leagues with. On this day, Brock made baseball history capturing the 3,000th hit of his big league career. In the game, Brock went 2-for-2 raising his batting average to .326. And while his day momentous for his career and baseball history, it was just as important that his two hits helped the Cardinals win the game 3-2.

Baseball History – The game’s second greatest base stealer of all-time also ranks in 24th place on the all-time hits list with 3,023 career hits.

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