Lou Brock Swipes his last base

On September 23, 1979, St. Louis Cardinal, Lou Brock stole a base for the 938th and last time in his career. He broke Billy Hamilton‘s record of 914 the previous season.

The game ended with the Cardinals beating the New York Mets 7-4 at Shea Stadium. Mark Littell was credited with the win after he came in as the closer in the ninth inning and the Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the 10th.

The left handed, left fielder’s career lasted 19 years. He started with the Chicago Cubs and was traded to St. Louis before his fourth season ended. He stayed with the Cardinals until his retirement at the end of the ’79 season. His number, 20, was retired the same year he left the sport. The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Brock into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. He is also known for his 3,023 career hits.

Brock’s record was broken by Ricky Henderson who finished his career in 2003 with 1,406 stolen bases. 

“You can’t be afraid to make errors! You can’t be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it.” -Lou Brock


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