Former St. Louis Cardinals and Hall of Famer Lou Brock signs autographs before the spring training game with the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, Thursday, February 28, 2013.

St. Louis Cardinals’ Hall of Famer Lou Brock died Sunday afternoon after fighting through an assortment of medical conditions in recent years.

He was 81.

Brock was the National League’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 938, and had 3,023 hits. He was a first-ballot electee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, according to a story on

He is being remembered in St. Louis as a guy who arrived from the Chicago Cubs in an unpopular trade in 1964 for a pitcher, Ernie Broglio, who had won 18 games the previous season, the story said.

Whatever unhappiness that followed the trade soon disappeared, as Brock would hit .348 the rest of the 1964 season and steal 33 bases as the Cardinals won the National League pennant on the last day of the regular season. They beat the New York Yankees in a seven-game World Series.

It was the Cardinals’ first World Series title since 1946.

In a 19-year major league career, Brock played in 2,616 games and hit .293. Along with 149 home runs and 900 RBI, he finished his career with a .343 on-base percentage and .410 slugging percentage.

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