Lou Brock, best known for his base stealing ability, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on January 7, 1985. During his 19 year baseball career, Brock played with the Chicago Cubs from 1961-64 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1964-79. In his rookie season, Brock became one of four players to hit a home run into the center field bleachers at the old Polo Grounds in New York since its 1923 reconstruction. In 1967, Brock became the first player to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in the same season.
Brock held the record for career stolen bases (938) until it was broken by Rickey Henderson. Even though his stolen base record has been surpassed, the National League honors each stolen base leader with the Lou Brock award. He accumulated over 3,000 hits to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals to three National League pennants and two World Series championships.
Game 7 of the 1982 World Series was held on October 20, 1982 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The series matched the St. Louis Cardinals against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals won in seven games to become the 1982 World Series Champions. For the Brewers, this was their first World Series appearance twelve years after moving to Milwaukee from Seattle. However, for the St. Louis Cardinals, they were entering their thirteenth Fall Classic.
Game 7 was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Cardinals scored first on a Lonnie Smith RBI single. Ben Oglivie tied it for the Brewers in the fifth with a solo homer, and they took 3-1 lead in the sixth when Jim Gantner scored on an error and Cecil Cooper hit a sacrifice fly. Despite their best efforts, Milwaukee lost and the Cardinals went on to become World Series Champions second only to the New York Yankees in all-time wins. Darrell Porter, St. Louis Cardinals catcher, was given the Series MVP award.
In the photo below, MVP Darrell Porter leaps into the arms of Cardinals reliever Bruce Sutter after the reliever struck out Gorman Thomas to win the Series.