The baseball world lost another great this week as Hall of Famer and the original king of the basepaths Lou Brock passed away Sunday at the age of 81.
Brock played twenty seasons in the Major Leagues — 16 of which were with the St. Louis Cardinals. During his career, he won two World Series titles, had over 3000 base hits, played in seven All-Star Games, and a jaw-dropping 938 stolen bases (including 118 during the 1974 season alone), when he retired in 1979 he did so as baseball’s all-time stolen base record holder.
Today, in keeping with the theme of this site, we take a look back at Lou Brock’s uniform history during his time in the Major Leagues.
Chicago Cubs 1961
In his rookie season, Lou Brock wears the classic Chicago Cubs pinstripes at home (with a thinner version of today’s logo) and road greys with the city name arched across the front.
Chicago Cubs 1962-64
The Cubbies make a slight, but important addition to their uniforms for Lou’s second season in the bigs. A patch on the left sleeve of both the home and roads showing the face of a baby bear in blue and gold.
St. Louis Cardinals 1964-65
The greatest trade in Cards history sees Brock dealt midway through the 1964 season. Lou wears the navy blue cap on the road during the remainder of that first season (during which Lou won his first World Title). The team switched to red caps on the road in 1965.
St. Louis Cardinals 1966-70
A slight update to the Cardinals uniforms came in 1966. The famous “Birds-on-Bat” logo was adjusted to include a longer tail on the birds and black trim swapped for navy blue. Lou’s second World Championship was won wearing this set in 1967.
St. Louis Cardinals 1971-75
In the 1970s, the Cardinals, like many other Major League teams, dropped the traditional button-up jerseys in favour of double-knit pullover tops and elastic waistband pants. New striping was added to the sleeves, waist, and collar.
St Louis Cardinals 1976-79
For his final four seasons in the Majors, Lou Brock wears the Cardinals’ powder blues on the road. The home uniform remained the same as it had since 1971. Player numbers were added to both sleeves of the home and roads for 1979.