Brock remembered for turning speed into art on bases
He was baseball’s best catalyst for more than a decade, pressuring opponents with speed and daring on the basepaths.
But Lou Brock was much more than a stolen base specialist. And by the end of his spectacular 19-year big league career, Brock was recognized as one of baseball’s most complete – and clutch – players of the 20th century.
Brock, 81, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6. At the time of his retirement in 1979, he held the single-season and all-time stolen base records and was one of just 14 players with at least 3,000 hits. When he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 in his first year of eligibility, Brock became just the 20th player elected in his first year on the ballot.
“Lou Brock perfected the art of the stolen base over a 19-year Hall of Fame career and cherished his membership in the Hall," said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “For decades after his election in 1985, he and his beloved wife Jackie would return to Cooperstown each summer, and his smile would brighten Induction Weekend. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of the Hall of Fame, we send our deepest condolences to Jackie and the Brock family.”