Lou Brock Wiki – Lou Brock Bio
Lou Brock “Louis Clark Brock” was an American professional baseball outfielder. He has died at age 81 at a local hospital Sunday afternoon after being in ill health. He began his 19-year Major League Baseball career with the 1961 Chicago Cubs but spent the majority of his big league career as a left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He has died at age 81.
Earlier Life and Education
Brock was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, to a family of sharecroppers. His family moved to Collinston, Louisiana, when he was two years old. While his family did not have much money, he said that he never felt poor because, “If you don’t have something, you don’t miss it.”
Brock grew up as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team that included Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, and Roy Campanella. Although he didn’t play in organized baseball until he reached the 11th grade, he learned much about the sport from listening to Cardinals radio broadcaster Harry Caray describes the way major league hitters stood at the plate.
After attending high school in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, he received academic assistance to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, but when a low grade in his first semester meant the possibility of losing his scholarship, he decided to try out for the school’s baseball team in order to secure an athletic scholarship.
He was the National League’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He had 3,023 hits. He was a first-ballot electee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He was the “Base Burglar,” who came to the Cardinals in 1964 via a trade in which the Cardinals ripped off the Chicago Cubs. But he also was known as one of the toughest baseball players that his former teammates had ever seen.
Brock and his wife, Jackie, were both ordained ministers serving at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in St. Louis, and he was a director on the board of YTB International. Brock’s speed was referenced in the song “Check the Rhime” by the pioneering “jazz rap” hip-hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest.
On December 5, 2006, he was recognized for his accomplishments on and off of the field when he received the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Brock was the father of former University of Southern California Trojan and National Football League player Lou Brock Jr.
Death and Cause
Brock died at the age of 81 on September 6, 2020. Brock’s left leg was amputated below the knee in October 2015 because of an infection related to a diabetic condition.
Brock announced on April 13, 2017, that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that starts in the bone marrow’s plasma cells.
On July 28, 2017, Brock and his wife said they had received word from Mercy Hospital’s doctors that, according to their blood tests, the cancerous cells were gone. Brock said cancer had been declining for some time. “We got reports that it was 25% gone, then 50%, then 75% gone”, he said. “The doctors were absolute. [Cancer] is not there.”