PIC: Cardinals honor Lou Brock with No. 20 etched into infield dirt

His retired number has been placed just behind second base – a bag he sole many times in his record-setting career.

Sam Masterson
September 08, 2020 - 2:26 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Tuesday is the first time the St. Louis Cardinals will play a home game since the death of Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock. So a special tribute to him has been placed in the infield dirt, his No. 20. 

The number he wore for all of his 16 seasons with St. Louis has been etched in the dirt just behind the second base bag. The Cards host the Minnesota Twins for a doubleheader on Tuesday that started at 2:15 p.m.

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Brock died on Sunday at 81-years-old after a long battle with many medical issues over the past several years, including cancer and diabetes. 

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(Brett McMillan, St. Louis Cardinals)

It's truly fitting for the number to be placed so close to second base. It's a sweet reminder of how many times the "Base Burglar" stole second in his career. 

He retired as MLB's all-time leader in steals, passing Ty Cobb's record in 1977 that was once thought to be insurmountable. He finished his career with 938 stolen bases.

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He also broke Maury Wills' single-season stolen base record (105) in 1974, then finished the year with 118 stolen bases and was No. 2 in MVP voting.

Brock recorded 3,023 hits in his 19-year career and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

Another shrine to Brock has continued to grow outside of Busch Stadium since his death. Letters, hats, flowers, balloons and more special messages have been placed on and around his statue just outside the stadium. 

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