Famed baseball legend Lou Brock dies at 81

According to CBS, he was 'known as one of baseball's most complete players.'

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lou Brock, celebrated baseball Hall of Famer, died at 81-years-old today. Brock was fighting a number of medical conditions including cancer and diabetes, according to ESPN.

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Brock’s death comes after the death of fellow Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver, who died on Monday.

“Brock faced Seaver 157 times in his career. That was the most plate appearances against any pitcher for Brock, who was in turn the batter Seaver faced the most number of times,” according to ESPN’s research team.

Brock began his 19-season career in 1961 as a rookie with the Chicago Cubs. He was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964.

JUPITER, FL – MARCH 12: Hall of Famer Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals signs autographs prior to his team playing against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium on March 12, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

During his career with the Cardinals, Brock was a major league baseball all-star six times and played for the Cardinals for 16 seasons.

In 1964, 1967 and 1968, Brock led the Cardinals to the World Series. The team won in both 1964 and 1967, and even though they lost to the Boston Red Sox in 1968, Brock had 13 hits.

According to CBS, he was “known as one of baseball’s most complete players.“

Brock was known for his speed as he ran between bases, and when he retired in 1979, he had 938 stolen bases, the most stolen bases of any other baseball player at the time.

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In 1985, he was put on the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for the first time. He was elected in the same year.

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