Signed out of Southern University for a $30,000 bonus in 1961 by the Chicago Cubs, Brock was traded to the Cardinals in the middle of 1964. His first two seasons in Chicago were mediocre - he hit .263 and .258 and stole 40 bases in both seasons combined - and was hitting .251 at the time of the trade.
The deal was essentially Brock for pitcher Ernie Broglio, and is regarded as one of the worst the Cubs ever made. Brock averaged .348 in the 1964 stretch drive and finished the season at .315, with 111 runs scored, 200 hits, 30 doubles, 11 triples, and 43 stolen bases. In the 1964 World Series, he hit .300 in the seven-game contest.
In 1965 and 1966, he lifted his batting average to .288 and .285, and stole 65 and 74 bases, and in 1967 he had his greatest season - he led the Cardinals to another World Championship with a league-leading 113 runs scored, 52 steals, and career highs of 21 homers, 76 RBI, and a .472 slugging average. Brock batted .414 with seven steals against Boston in the WS, breaking or tying four Series records.
His 938 stolen bases set an all-time high, but the outfielder was a well-rounded performer. He is one of a select group with 3,000 hits and among his 149 career roundtrippers is the awesome 500-footer he hit into the Polo Grounds' center field bleachers on June 17, 1962 - one of only four homers to land there.
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