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On June 21, 1991, about a month after Rickey Henderson of the Athletics set the record for most career stolen bases in the major leagues, I got to interview the man who had held the mark, Lou Brock. In downtown Cincinnati to promote an Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball old-timer’s game at Riverfront Stadium, Brock […]

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(Updated June 15, 2020) Ray Sadecki was the player the Cubs wanted in exchange for Lou Brock, but the timing wasn’t right. Sadecki got hot at the same time as the trade talks did and the Cardinals opted to keep him. In May 1964, the Cubs and Cardinals discussed a proposed swap of Brock, an […]

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Bobby Bonds, expected to bring power and balance to the lineup, symbolized the dysfunction of the 1980 Cardinals. On Dec. 7, 1979, the Cardinals acquired Bonds from the Indians for pitcher John Denny and outfielder Jerry Mumphrey. An outfielder, Bonds figured to join George Hendrick to give the Cardinals two right-handed sluggers to balance a […]

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In a span of less than 24 hours, Lou Brock got the last stolen base of his career, established a major-league record and met with the president of the United States. Forty years ago, on Sept. 23, 1979, Brock, 40, made his last steal in his final appearance in New York as a player. The […]

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After getting lit up by Dennis Lamp, Lou Brock nearly turned out the lights on the Cubs pitcher. On Aug. 13, 1979, Brock got his 3,000th career hit, a smash that struck Lamp’s right hand, turning three of his fingers purple. Brock’s single came on the first pitch after Lamp brushed him back. “I should […]

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Lou Brock and Carl Yastrzemski, catalysts for their teams in the 1967 World Series, were linked again 12 years later as all-stars. On July 17, 1979, Brock, 40, played in an All-Star Game for the last time. He and Yastrzemski, who turned 40 a month later, were the oldest position players among the 1979 all-stars. […]

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