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A Harry Weber statue of Lou Brock outside of Busch Stadium | Photography
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Statue of Lou Brock outside of Busch Stadium. In 1967, Brock became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season. He was not known as a power hitter, but he did display significant "pop" from time to time. In David Halberstam's book, "October 1964", the author states that manager Johnny Keane asked Brock to forgo the power game in favor of the speed game. However, Brock got some licks in, here and there. In his rookie season (1962), Brock became one of three players to hit a home run into the center-field bleachers at the old Polo Grounds in New York since its 1923 reconstruction. His blast came against Al Jackson in the second game of a June 17 doubleheader against the New York Mets and would be followed by Hank Aaron's center-field home run the very next day. Joe Adcock was the first to hit a ball over that wall, in 1953. Babe Ruth reached the old bleachers (a comparable distance) before the reconstruction. In 1967, Brock hit 5 home runs in the first 4 games of the season, becoming the first player to do so. Brock remained best known for base-stealing and starting Cardinals rallies. He was said to have disdained Maury Wills' method of base-stealing, instead shortening his leads and going hard. He was also an early student of game films. He used an 8 mm movie camera from the dugout to film opposing pitchers and study their windups and pickoff moves to detect weaknesses he could exploit. In a unique (if incidental) accomplishment, Brock was the first player ever to bat in a major league regular season game in Canada. He led off the April 14, 1969 game against the Montreal Expos at Jarry Park by lining out to second baseman Gary Sutherland. The Expos' pitcher, Larry Jaster, was a teammate of Brock's just the year before, and had been selected in the expansion draft by the Expos after the 1968. His best batting average was in 1964, when he batted .315, one of eight years he batted over .300, he was a 6-time National League All-Star, he led the league in runs two times (1967 and 1971), led the league in doubles (46 in 1968), and led the league in triples (14 in 1968).
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In 1967 Brock became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season. He was not known as a power hitter but he did display significant "pop" from time to time. In David Halberstam's book "October 1964" the author states that manager Johnny Keane asked Brock to forgo the power game in favor of the speed game. However Brock got some licks in here and there.In his rookie season (1962) Brock became one of three players to hit a home run into the center-field bleachers at the old Polo Grounds in New York since its 1923 reconstruction. His blast came against Al Jackson in the second game of a June 17 doubleheader against the New York Mets and would be followed by Hank Aaron's center-field home run the very next day. Joe Adcock was the first to hit a ball over that wall in 1953. Babe Ruth reached the old bleachers (a comparable distance) before the reconstruction.In 1967 Brock hit 5 home runs in the first 4 games of the season becoming the first player to do so.Brock remained best known for base-stealing and starting Cardinals rallies. He was said to have disdained Maury Wills' method of base-stealing instead shortening his leads and going hard. He was also an early student of game films. He used an 8 mm movie camera from the dugout to film opposing pitchers and study their windups and pickoff moves to detect weaknesses he could exploit.In a unique (if incidental) accomplishment Brock was the first player ever to bat in a major league regular season game in Canada. He led off the April 14 1969 game against the Montreal Expos at Jarry Park by lining out to second baseman Gary Sutherland. The Expos' pitcher Larry Jaster was a teammate of Brock's just the year before and had been selected in the expansion draft by the Expos after the 1968.His best batting average was in 1964 when he batted .315 one of eight years he batted over .300 he was a 6-time National League All-Star he led the league in runs two times (1967 and 1971) led the league in doubles (46 in 1968) and led the league in triples (14 in 1968). The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the 80th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game will be held on July 14 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Missouri the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals. The game will be the first all-star game held in St. Louis since 1966. This will be the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determines home field advantage in the 2009 World Series with the American League winning all six games to date under this format. Currently the National League leads 40–37–2 but has not won since 1996. Fox will televise the contest with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast. Pre-game coverage will begin at 7 on ESPN. Outside the USA Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) will carry MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.The Cardinals had hoped to use the event to show off its planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark. However the plans have not materialized and Cardinals in March said they will use the old park for a softball field and parking lot during the game.On April 22 2009 All-Star balloting began on MLB.com with eight position players (excluding pitchers and designated hitters) from each of the 30 teams being nominated for fans to vote. As with last year only 25 email ballots could be cast and voting officially ended at 11:59 ET on July 2. Final Rosters with the exception of the final vote were announced on July 5.Fans voted for up to three players per league to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby
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