Major League Baseball base-stealing legend Lou Brock passes away

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St. Louis Cardinals Legend Lou Brock Dead at 81

St. Louis Cardinals' Hall of Famer Lou Brock died Sunday afternoon after fighting through an assortment of medical conditions in recent years, died Sunday afternoon. No specific cause of death was given. It was "one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history, but hardly in the way that many envisioned", writes the Times.

According to the Times, Brock didn't play organized baseball until he received an academic scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned a spot on the team. His finest season in that regard came in 1974, when he stole 118 bases in 153 games at the age of 35. Henderson (1,406) is the lone player with more career steals than Brock.

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The six-time All-Star originally set the career stolen base record with 938, which stood from the time he retired in 1979 until Rickey Henderson surpassed the mark in 1991.

William O. DeWitt, Jr., the CEO and principle owner of the Cardinals, said in a statement about Brock's passing, "Lou Brock was one of the most revered members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization and one of the very best to ever wear the Birds on the Bat".

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A first-ballot Hall of Famer, he also had 3,023 hits in his career, which was primarily spent with the Cardinals. He was a major factor to them winning the fall classic again in 1967, racking up a then-historic number of hits and stolen bases.

In later life, Brock battled serious health ailments, including diabetes and cancer. He remained a regular at Cardinals games, where he was a beloved figure among St. Louis fans. Emailed daily. Always free!

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