About Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock
Lou Brock is a distinguished member of the most elite organization in baseball, the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor has been achieved by only one percent (1%) of the more than twenty thousand (20,000) players in the history of Major League Baseball. He received Major League Baseball’s highest honor in 1985 when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
- He is ranked 23rd on the All-time Hit list with 3,023 Lifetime Hits
- He is ranked 2nd All-time Stolen Base Leaders with 938 Lifetime Stolen Bases.
- He is named one of the TOP 100 PLAYERS of the 20th Century.
- His statue is mounted in the pavilion at Busch Stadium in St. Louis by the St. Louis Cardinals
- He appeared on five Sports Illustrated Magazine Covers
- His star is imprinted in the St. Louis Walk of Fame in his name.
Lou Brock is the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to have an award established in his name while still an active player. “The Lou Brock Award” is granted each year to the National League Player with the most stolen bases. Lou Brock’s major League Baseball’s career expanded nearly 20 years, the first three years with Chicago Cubs and the last 17 years with the St. Louis Cardinals. Lou Brock holds numerous World Series and Major League Baseball Records. He holds the World Series highest batted average record at .391 in twenty one or more World Series games. He batted .375 in six All-star Games, and he batted over .300 seven times in his career.
Honors & Awards - Lou Brock has received many honors and awards. He has been recognized for his achievements on and off the baseball field. In 2002, he received the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award. Lou Brock has been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in the state of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri. Lou Brock was a Math major at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds an Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Washington University (St. Louis, MO), Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA) and Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO), and a 2009 Candidate to receive an Honorary Degree for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
As a Businessman - Lou Brock now serves on a bank board and he serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of a publicly traded company. He has owned and operated various businesses which include the ownership of a top Major League Baseball License and owned retail concessions in Chicago O’Hara Airport and St. Louis International Airport. He has served a broadcast analyst for ABC TV Monday Night Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox. He has served as a spokesperson for several national corporations, which including Major League Baseball.
Lou Brock holds a USA patent for sneakers, and an umbrella hat, the Brockabrella.
Early Background - Lou Brock, the seventh of nine children, was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. He grew up in Collinston, Louisiana on cotton plantation as a share cropper. After elementary school Lou Brock attended Union High School in Mer Rouge, Louisiana where he played baseball, basketball and participated on the math and chemistry teams. Based upon his B+ high school grade point average, Lou Brock received an academic scholarship to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
College Experience - After the first semester at Southern University, Lou Brock lost his acquired academic scholarship when he received a C+ grade point average rather than the required B grade point average. Facing the realization that he no longer had the funding to remain a student at SU Lou Brock heard the an inner voice that spoke "tryout out for the baseball team". Rather than to depart Southern University, Lou Brock obeyed the voice and volunteered to retrieve baseballs for the college team. One day after passing out from exhaustion, the coaches rewarded Lou Brock for his effort by giving him five batting practice swings. While still weak, he promptly hit three of the five balls over a short right field fence and was given a full athletics scholarship on the spot. At Southern University, Lou Brock was selected by the United States Olympic Committee to play on the USA Pan American Baseball team and led Southern to the NAIA World Series Championship. After his junior year at SU he entered into major league baseball and became one of the greatest players in the history of major league baseball. Today Lou Brock still submits to the inner voice and founded Voice of the Pro Athletes of Faith, where they conduct inner man coaching seminars and provides the inner man speaks scouting report for people of all walks of life. As a way of “Giving back” he established the Lou Brock Endowment Scholarship Fund at Southern University that provides scholarships for college bound low income needy high school students.
Currently - Lou Brock is an ordained minister he is married to the former Jacqueline Gaitor, of East St. Louis, Illinois who is also an ordained minister. The Brocks are the blended parents of five adult children and two granddaughters. The Brocks live St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, where they are considered a St. Louis Treasure. They are committed compassionately to worthy causes and help to raise millions of dollars each year for charities.
Lou Brock is a spring training instructor for the current St. Louis Cardinals. He is considered one of Major League Baseball’s finest Ambassadors.
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