Cardinals legend Lou Brock dies Sunday afternoon at 81 –

Brock hit .300 in that World Series and then, showing he was at his best when the lights were brightest, batted .414 with seven stolen bases in the 1967 World Series, which the Cardinals won in seven games from Boston. He also hit .464 with seven more steals and a record 13 hits in the 1968 World Series loss against Detroit.

Catcher Tim McCarver, who was on all of those clubs, beginning with 1964, said,  “We were so close to Broglio. Our friendship blinded us to what kind of effect Lou would have on the team — until we saw him run.”

“Ernie … great guy. Great guy. But, without Lou, we obviously don’t win. We wouldn’t have come close.”

Broglio was only 7-19 over three seasons after joining the Cubs and his career was over after the 1966 season.

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?”

“I had gone to another dimension as a ball player,” he said. “When you go to another dimension, you may be the same guy, look the same, act the same, but you play a lot different.”

Brock played the game almost like no one else. From 1965, he began a stretch of 12 seasons where he averaged 65 steals and 99 runs scored a year, featuring his record-setting season in 1974 when he set the then major-league stolen-base record of 118 while finishing second in the voting for National League Most Valuable Player, an award he probably should have won.

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