Death of Lou Brock, Unforgettable Cardinals Legend at 81

2 min readSep 6, 2020

The death of Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, occurred Sunday afternoon at the age of 81 after he fought through several medical conditions in recent years.

The death of Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, occurred Sunday afternoon

The death cause of Lou Brock was not released, but it may Brock death-related to his medical issues in recent years.

Brock will be remembered for many accomplishments. 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.

Brock began playing in the MLB in 1961 till when he played his last game in 1979.

Death of Lou Brock well-known as the ‘base burglar’

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. He was called the base burglar for his base-stealing skills. He was traded to the Cardinals during the 1964 season. It was a famous trade with the Cubs for Ernie Broglio. It is considered one of baseball’s most lopsided trades of all time.

The Hall of Fame outfielder battled many health problems in recent years. Brock was treated for many myelomas, a blood cancer, a few years ago. He then had complications and eventually lost a leg.

Brock gained significant success through the latter half of the 1964 season following the trade with the Cubs. He hit .348 and stole 33 bases. The Cardinals won the National League pennant and later defeated the New York Yankees in the seven-game World Series. This delivered the first championship to the city since 1946.

As more evidence of his ability to deliver clutch plays, Brock stole seven bases during the 1967 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. He also hit .414 as the Cardinals secured another championship. He continued to showcase his abilities the following season, albeit in a losing effort. Brock hit .464 with another seven stolen bases and a record 13 hits. The Cardinals ultimately lost to the Detroit Tigers.

This summer friends and family went to Brock’s St. Charles home to celebrate his 81 birthday.

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Originally published at on September 6, 2020.




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