ST. LOUIS – Lou Brock admirer Darnell Jamison described a large flower wreath shaped as a baseball with Lou Brock’s uniform as a light from heaven.
“It’s very uplifting,” he said.
The wreath was made to honor one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Brock’s public viewing was held at the Austin A. Layne Mortuary in north St. Louis County Friday.
“He’s going to be truly missed a lot because he truly was a great baseball player,” said one fan.
Others felt Brock’s accomplishments brought him fame but his kindness, humility and commitment to his community made him an eternal fan favorite.
“You take people like that who have a way with the public, with the fans it makes you special that way,” said Brock fan Kenny Stroup. “He’s not known for being just a great athlete or a great ballplayer but being great to the people and fans.”
Brock fan Phil Schroeder said the public viewing was lighthearted. The voice of Jack Buck was playing in the background at times.
“It was just like going to a ballgame, but it was very respectful,” said Schroeder.
A private funeral will be held Saturday in Ferguson at 11 a.m. Before the service, a wreath will be laid at the Lou Brock statue at Lindenwood University. A procession from the funeral at Greater Grace Church will proceed to Busch Stadium with a wreath-laying at Brock’s statue outside Busch Stadium expected to take place at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lou Brock Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization, located at 231 Fox Hill Road, St. Charles 63301. The St. Louis Cardinals have a link where fans can share their tributes and condolences at Cardinals.com/Lou.