ST. LOUIS (NewsNation Now) — The family of legendary St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock lead a procession Saturday from Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, Missouri to Brock’s statue outside of Busch Stadium.
Brock’s family had a busy day celebrating their beloved patriarch Saturday. Their day began at Brock’s statue at Lindenwood University in St. Charles with a wreath-laying at 9:30 a.m. A procession followed them to the Greater Grace Church where a private funeral service was held. The Cardinals had cameras inside allowing fans to watch on their website.
Brock, one of baseball’s signature leadoff hitters and base stealers who helped the Cardinals win three pennants and two World Series titles in the 1960s. Brock’s death was announced on Sept. 6.
The man later nicknamed the Running Redbird and the Base Burglar arrived in St. Louis in June 1964, swapped from the Cubs for pitcher Ernie Broglio in what became one of baseball’s most lopsided trades.
Brock stole 938 bases in his career, including 118 in 1974 — both of those were big league records until they were broken by Rickey Henderson.
After his playing career was over, Brock worked as a florist and a commentator for ABC’s “Monday Night Baseball” and was a regular for the Cardinals at spring training. He served as a part-time instructor while remaining an autograph favorite for fans, some of them wearing Brock-a-brellas, a hat with an umbrella top that he designed.
Brock died in St. Louis at the age of 81.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.