Happy Birthday to Louis Clark Brock. The Cardinals Hall of Fame outfielder turned 71 years old today.
Brock started his major league career with four appearances for the 1961 Chicago Cubs and played for the Wee Bears until early 1964 when Chicago traded him to St. Louis for starting pitcher Ernie Broglio.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985 with 79.7 percent of the ballot, the six-time All-Star led the National league in stolen bases eight times to set the National League's all-time stolen base mark with 938. He is second overall in major league history to Rickey Henderson in stolen bases. The 118 bases Brock stole in 1974 stands as the National League record while Henderson's 130 in 1982 stands as the existing major leagues' record. (Hugh Nicol stole 138 for Cincinnati of the American Association in 1887 which was considered at the time to be a major league.) Of Brock's 938 stolen bags, 888 happened with the Cardinals while 50 came while he was with Chicago.
He finished in the top 10 in National League batting average five times in his career, ranked in the top 10 in the NL in runs nine times and was named the National League Player of the Year by his peers in 1974 even though sportswriters selected him as the runner up for the MVP award that year.
Happy Birthday, Base Burglar. Here's to many more.