Thank you for sharing - a great read. I loved - loved - this part:Rick Hummel, who has covered the Cardinals forever, has an amazing obit
Throughout his 16 seasons here, Brock galvanized fans at Busch Stadium, who would chant, “Lou! Lou! Lou!”www.stltoday.com
“First base is useless,” he said in 1974. “And most of the time it is useless to stay there.
“On the other hand, second base is really the safest place on the field. When I steal second, I practically eliminate the double play. And I can score on any ball hit past the infield.”
To Brock, “the most important thing about base stealing is not the steal of the base, but distracting the pitcher’s concentration. If I can do that, then the hitter will have a better pitch to swing at and I will get a better chance to steal.”
It's filled with great stuff, including ...Thank you for sharing - a great read. I loved - loved - this part:
And Bob Gibson is 85?Brock, who would establish himself as one of the greatest leadoff hitters ever, recalled his teammates asking him after he got hot in the second half of the 1964 season, “Are you sure you were a Cub?’"
Apparently (as I just learned on Maron's podcast) the Brock-a-brella marketing opportunity was created by Billy Crudup's father who was a part time bookie, failed marketer, and friend of Lou Brock (listen to 41:00 here).RIP to the inventor of the Brock-a-brella umbrella hat: