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Albert Pujols Had a Heartfelt Message for MLB Legend Lou Brock

The MLB community lost a legend when Hall of Famer Lou Brock passed away on Sep. 6, 2020. Many people mourned his loss and wrote messages on social media, honoring his life.

Albert Pujols had the opportunity to meet Brock early during his career. When Pujols found out what happened, he went to social media to write a message about Brock.

Lou Brock had an impressive MLB career

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Brock played in the MLB for 19 years, and he made a name for himself during that time. He began his career with the Chicago Cubs and ended his career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Brock made his debut in 1961 at the age of 22, appearing in four games. The next season was his first full season in the big leagues, and he finished with a .263 batting average and 114 hits. 

He spent four and a half years in Chicago and was traded to the Cardinals during the 1964 season. When he joined the Cardinals, his career began to take off. During the 1964 season, he played in 103 games with the Cardinals and batted .348 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs. From 1966 to 1969, he led the league in stolen bases. Brock was a tremendous base runner, and he used that to his advantage. He made his first All-Star team in 1967 and established himself as one of the top players in the league.

During the 1974 season, he led the league yet again in stolen bases and finished with an impressive 118 stolen bases. Five years later, he cemented his legacy when he became the 14th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits. Brock finished his MLB career with a .293 batting average, 3,023 hits, and 938 stolen bases. Before Rickey Henderson came into the league, Brock held the single-season stolen base record with 118, and he held the record for most stolen bases in a career with 938. Henderson went on to break both records. 

Albert Pujols remembers the first time he met Lou Brock

MLB slugger Albert Pujols has become one of the best hitters in the game. Early on in his career, when he was playing for the Cardinals, he enjoyed meeting Lou Brock. Pujols posted a picture of himself and Brock on his social media after Brock passed and wrote a message.

“Lou Brock was one of the finest men I have ever known. Coming into this league as a 21-year-old kid, Lou Brock was one of the first Hall-of-Fame players I had the privilege to meet. He told me I belonged here in the big-leagues.” A young Pujols had the opportunity to meet a Hall of Fame player, which does not often happen. Pujols cherished the time he met Brock, and that’s a memory he will never forget.

Lou Brock had a career to remember and impacted many people

Brock received numerous awards during his career. In January of 1968, he was the recipient of the Babe Ruth award as the outstanding player in the 1967 World Series. He won two world series during his time with the Cardinals, and his No. 20 jersey was retired by the Cardinals. Brock was also inducted to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

After his career, he continued to impact players in the league. On social media, many different players paid their respect to Brock and shared their experiences with him. Many people respected Brock, and he was a person that people enjoyed being around. His loss was a huge blow to the baseball community, but his legacy will always live on.