Louis Clark "Lou" Brock (born June 18, 1939)
The subject of today's MMOB Daily Quote set most of the base stealing records that were ultimately surpassed by Rickey Henderson. Lou Brock played most of his 19-year Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Cardinals. I can remember spending many a day watching his exploits on TV with my family growing up.
Here's a link to a short clip done for the anniversary of Lou's 3,000th hit!
And now, some works from this magical master of the basepaths.
"I don't think about goals and records. Competition is what keeps me playing."
"If you're successful in what you do over a period of time, you'll start approaching records, but that's not what you're playing for. You're playing to challenge and be challenged."
"Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive."
"Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time."
"The baseball held was my fantasy of what life offered."
"The stiffer the penalty, the greater the message is sent."
"We have to make some radical move to get the attention of everyone. Cheaters can't win and steroids has put us in the position that it's OK to cheat."
"When I was a kid, I used to imagine animals running under my bed. I told my dad, and he solved the problem quickly. He cut the legs off the bed."
"You can't be afraid to make errors! You can't be afraid to be naked before the crowd, because no one can ever master the game of baseball, or conquer it. You can only challenge it. "
"Your bat is your life. It's your weapon. You don't want to go into battle with anything that feels less than perfect."
Cheers! - Jason