Hall of Famer Lou Brock, Cardinals Base-stealing Icon, Dead at 81

FILE PHOTO: Baseball Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of MLB’s World Series baseball championship in St. Louis, Missouri, October 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jamie Squire-POOL

Hall of Famer Lou Brock, one of baseball’s signature leadoff hitters and base stealers who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win three pennants and two World Series titles in the 1960s, died Sunday at 81.

The Cardinals and Chicago Cubs observed a moment of silence in the former outfielder’s memory before their game at Wrigley Field.

“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,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a news release.

“He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.”

Brock retired in 1979 as the single-season and all-time leader in stolen bases — marks since surpassed by Rickey Henderson. Brock was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1985.

“Lou was an outstanding representative of our national pastime and he will be deeply missed,” baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a release.

Although he showed flashes of his potential with the Cubs, Brock’s career took off after he was traded to the Cardinals on June 15, 1964. Acquired in a swap for pitcher Ernie Broglio, Brock became St. Louis’ left fielder and hit .348 with 12 homers, 44 RBIs and 33 steals in 103 games.

The Cardinals won the World Series in seven games against the New York Yankees in 1964.

SOURCE: The Associated Press