On This Day In Baseball History: June 15, 1964

Lou Brock

 

The Chicago Cubs trade outfielder Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens. At the time of the trade the 24 year-old Brock had played in 327 games for the Cubs while posting a below batting average of .257 while stealing only 50 bases. Once a Cardinal, Brock seemed to find his way, collecting 2,713 hits over 16 seasons. He also led the NL in stolen bases eight times (1966-1969, & 1971-1974), runs twice (1967 & 1971), double and triple once each (both in 1968). He had 200 or more hits 4 times in Cardinal red and stole 118 bases in 1974. He was the all time career leader in stolen bases from 1977 until Rickey Henderson broke it in 1991. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1985. Brock for Broglio is often sited as one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history.

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