Hall of Famer Lou Brock to Speak at ODU Baseball Clinic
By ODU Athletics
Tickets for the clinic, which will be held in the Old Dominion University fieldhouse on Feb. 5, are $5 for either morning session at 9:30 a.m. or the afternoon session at 1:30 p.m.
The weekend begins on Friday, Feb. 4 with the ACS Systems "Meet the Stars" Banquet at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel, beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $50 per person, and are on sale along with the clinic tickets at the Old Dominion Athletic Ticket Office. Proceeds from ticket sales support baseball scholarships at Old Dominion.
Lou Brock began his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1961 until midway through the 1964 season when he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. There, the five-time all-star would remain until he retired in 1979. In 1974, Brock stole a then major league record 118 bases and completed his career with 938, which currently ranks second all-time in major league history.
Brock led the National League in stolen bases eight times from 1966-69 and from 1971-74. He stole 50 or more bases in 12 consecutive seasons. He twice led the National League in runs scored with 113 in 1967 and in 1971 with 126. In 1968, Brock led the league in doubles with 46 and triples with 14. His very first major league base hit came in 1961 against Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies. In five all-star games, Brock hit .375.
After batting .299 in 1967 and posting career highs of 21 home runs and 76 runs batted in, Brock led the Cardinals to a World Series triumph over the Boston Red Sox with a .414 batting average and a record seven stolen bases. One year later, in the 1968 World Series against Detroit, Lou batted .464 and again stole seven bases. His career Series batting average of .391 established a record for players with at least 20 games. He also hit four Series home runs.
The outfielder was a well rounded performer. He hit 149 career homers and is one of a select group with 3,000 career hits. He became the 14th major leaguer to reach 3,000 career hits on August 13, 1979 against Dennis Lamp of the Chicago Cubs. That year, Brock hit .304 and was named the SPORTING NEWS Comeback Player of the Year.
One of his 149 roundtrippers was an awesome 500-footer he hit into the Polo Grounds' centerfield bleachers on June 17, 1962 . Brock was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,NY, in 1985. For more information on the clinic and banquet, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 683-4444.