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St Louis Cardinals Legend Lou Brock Dies at 81 — Look Back at His Life & Career

Kareena Koirala
Sep 07, 2020
04:24 A.M.
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The world of sports is mourning the death of St. Louis Cardinals legend Lou Brock after he died at a hospital on September 6, 2020, following health complications.

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The world lost yet another sports legend on Sunday after baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock took his last breath at the age of 81 on Sunday. 

Brock, one of the best stealers and hitters in the history of baseball, was one of the most respected members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. 

Lou Brock poses for a photograph at the St. Louis Cardinals spring training camp in March, 1965 in St. Petersburg, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

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HE WAS A GEM

Paying tribute to the late legend, MLB Network tweeted a montage of memorable clips of some of the best moments of Brock's glorious career. 

In the video, Brock's former manager, Red Schoendienst described him as one of the most powerful baseball players whose abilities put immense pressure on the other clubs. 

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In 2017, Brock was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Back then, he released a statement saying he was receiving the best possible medical treatment and looked forward to witnessing more Cardinals World Series championships in the future. 

Brock initially started his career with the Chicago Clubs.

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THE MEDICAL FOES HE BATTLED

Cancer was not the only health battle he was fighting. In November 2015, a diabetes-related infection caused the amputation of Brock's left leg. That same year, he revealed that he had Type 2 diabetes. 

Before he suffered from chronic diseases, the baseball legend survived a stroke and also battled a heart ailment. Despite the health complications, Brock persisted. 

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Brock's teammates remember him as one of the toughest players that they had ever seen. His strength was a driving force that made the other players up their game.

Former Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver compared him to baseball legend Bob Gibson, saying that Brock would have been the toughest guy he ever saw if Gibson was not in the National League. 

St. Louis Cardinals hall of famer Lou Brock throws out the first pitch at Busch Stadium on April 11, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. | Source: Getty Images

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BEST TRADE EVER

Brock initially started his career with the Chicago Clubs. Three years later, he was traded to the Cardinals. The tread is considered one of the most epic in the history of the Cardinals franchise. 

The 14th player in the history of baseball to reach 3000 hits, Brock led the Cardinals to win the first World Series title since 1946. May his soul rest in peace. 

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