ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Lou Brock, Jr. has shared an emotional statement after his father passed away this weekend. He tells Cardinals fans that, “I will tell you one indisputable fact: He loved you just as much as you loved him. I am proud to have shared my dad with you.”
This is what Lou Brock’s son has shared on the passing of his father:
I am certainly going to miss my dad. And at a time when she is ready, my stepmom will certainly share her thoughts, and family thoughts, on her husband.
Growing up in St. Louis as Lou Brock, Jr., was a wonderful experience. Everyone says St. Louis is a baseball town, and my father absolutely was a baseball guy. What is so amazing to me is how St. Louis’ love for baseball has been honored with the likes of Jack Buck, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, and all the wonderful guys. To know my dad’s name honors the city, as well as MLB, is a gift.
By virtue of being his son, I have met so many famous and influential personalities. And the one common thing I heard is they all had admiration for my dad. Genuine admiration. I have to say it is well deserved since my memories of my father are full of him helping or speaking humanely to anyone. I recall a hospital executive telling me how they never had to call the Cardinals to see if my dad could come to visit children fighting illnesses because he would just show up with no one asking. And I thought, wow, he never mentioned that he just did it. I guess he saved the fanfare for the field.
I’ll remember him as a ballplayer that did not complain, did not speak bad words, he just went to work and put on a show for the crowd. I recall the days at Busch Stadium; the way the anticipation began when he came onto the on-deck circle. There was that buzz in the crowd, that energy that started to develop. I don’t need to say what happened from there, we all know. He’s safe!
As a son, this may be biased, but there are two distinguishing qualities about my father. First is the way he achieved success with his mental acuity and mental toughness. Generally is it said how he could hit, and how fast he could run. But I first-hand witnessed him mathematically define the base-stealing concept. He did it in a day with no digital video, the only tools were tape measures, stopwatches, and borrowed cameras from the news station. Doesn’t that make him as much a scientist as an athlete?
The second thing is the myriad of things he did after his career, what he did with the fame he accumulated. Since I had gone off to college, I didn’t first-hand witness all he did. But it was a lot! Mainly his acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior. When Mrs. Brock is ready, I am sure she will share details on these things with everyone.
To baseball fans all over the world, thank you for your love of my dad. And thank you for all the condolences.
To Cardinal nation, and I will tell you one indisputable fact: He loved you just as much as you loved him. I am proud to have shared my dad with you.
I salute you, dad, to a life well-lived! I thank God for the blessing of Lou Brock as my father.Lou Brock, Jr. Statement II
Tributes to the late Cardinals legend Lou Brock continue to pop up. During last night’s NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals game, St. Louis native and Celtics player Jayson Tatum wore a special pair of Air Jordan 34 sneakers in Cardinal blue and red. He wrote on the sneaker R.I.P. Lou Brock.
During a press conference after the game, Tatum said, ‘I’m 22, I never got to see him play but I know what he means to that organization and city of St. Louis. I had the Cardinals Jordan 34s I designed on today and unfortunately, he passed away yesterday so I just wanted to shed some light on that for all the people back home.”
You can hear those comments in the video below. They start at 3:08 into the video.