Nicknamed "The Base Burglar," Lou Brock blew tolen base records away during his long tenure ith the Cardinals, reviving the lost art of the running game. Brock's amazing feats on the bases ushered in a new era of base running greats that the game hadn't seen since Ty Cobb in the early 1900's. Combined with his hitting ability, Brock's base running skills made him one of the most formidable offensive players of the late ’60s and ’70's.
Brock's name will be etched in history books for all time. He stands at 23rd on the all time hits list, with a total of 3,023. His 938 stolen bases (he broke Cobb’s single-season record with 118 steals in 1974) remain alone in second place on the charts.
The Major Leagues established The Lou Brock Award, given to the player with the most stolen bases during a season. The act of naming an award in his honor occurred while Brock was still active, making him the only player in baseball history to be so honored. Brock’s No. 20 jersey was retired by the St. Louis Cardinals after his final season in 1979.
The six-time All-Star performer especially excelled during his three World Series appearances where he compiled seven records. Included were stealing 14 bases and posting a batting aver- age of .391. In addition, Brock set several more records for a seven- game series – most hits (13) and most runs scored (8) and most stolen bases (7).
He became one of several players to lead off a World Series with a home run and compiled the most hits during two consecutive World Series appearances with 25. He hit 300 in 1964, .417 in 1967 and .464 in 1968. Brock was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.